• Publication date: February 1, 2011

A Rich Girl and a Poor Boy Break Society�s Norms Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights: For the Love of Dance

Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights is a prequel to the highly successful 1987 blockbuster, �Dirty Dancing.� While the 1987 edition was set in contemporary upstate New York, its follow up transports viewers to 1958 Cuba, where Fidel Castro�s revolutionary movement is preparing to usurp the country�s corrupt leadership.

Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights is a prequel to the highly successful 1987 blockbuster, �Dirty Dancing.� While the 1987 edition was set in contemporary upstate New York, its follow up transports viewers to 1958 Cuba, where Fidel Castro�s revolutionary movement is preparing to usurp the country�s corrupt leadership. However on the verge of the nation�s upheaval a young, wealthy American expatriate forfeits the companionship of her wealthy boyfriend and opts for an attractive, kind, and meager Cuban boy instead. The film is produced by Lawrence Bender of �Good Will Hunting� (1997), �Pulp Fiction� (1994), and �Kill Bill� (2000). Co-producer and choreographer JoAnn Jansen�s experiences in pre-revolution era Cuba inspired the film�s plot, hence the film�s claim that it is based on a true story; the historical elements of the picture also may contribute to the validity of this fact.

Romola Garai plays Katey Miller the daughter of Ford Motor Company executive Bert Miller who has relocated to Cuba for business. Katey is surrounded by other wealthy expatriates whose privilege affords them a luxurious lifestyle of fine cuisine and private education; the consequences of venturing out of this elite circle is often social isolation. Like Katey�s companions, the idea of actually mingling with real Cuban people is out of the question. However that changes when her friends hassle a handsome, poor Cuban waiter named Javier Suarez (Diego Luna). Disgusted at how her friends treat Javier, she soon secretly befriends the young man and leaves her snooty country club for Cuba�s vibrant nightclubs.

It is at these nightclubs where Katey discovers Javier�s passionate and wild dance maneuvers. Although Katey is trained in ballroom dance, she has never witnessed such fascinating moves and begs her new love for instruction. Together the couple covertly prepares for a dance competition at a ritzy country club where Katey�s parents will be in attendance.

However as Katey and Javier grow closer the country�s rising political turmoil may force them apart. Can true love survive a revolution and the distance between two different countries?

Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights� contains a wonderful Latin-influence soundtrack that includes notable artists such as Black Eyed Peas, Monica, Christina Aguilera and more. The picture is rated PG-13 for sensuality.

Year: 2004

Duration: 86 minutes

Genre: Romance/Drama

Starring:

Diego Luna

Romola Garai

Sela Ward

Mya

Directed by: Guy Ferland