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A dancer who works in the seedy Salón Panamá falls in love with a smuggler who is followed by a corrupt policeman, when on December 20, 1989, the US army invades Panamá and thousands of innocent people are killed. Based on true facts.


Paul Leduc


Jaime Avilés (with the collaboration of), José Joaquín Blanco (with the collaboration of) | 5 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Dolores Pedro Dolores Pedro ... The Dancer
Roberto Sosa ... The Thief
Raúl Medina Raúl Medina ... The Witness
Litico Rodriguez Litico Rodriguez ... The Ventriloquist
Tito Vasconcelos Tito Vasconcelos ... The Transvestite
Eduardo López Rojas Eduardo López Rojas ... The Policeman
Kandido Uranga
Silvestre Mendez Silvestre Mendez ... The Rumba Player
The Gay Crooners The Gay Crooners ... The Cabaret Entertainers (as Los Explosivos Crooners)
Olga de la Caridad Díaz Olga de la Caridad Díaz
Gerardo Martínez Gerardo Martínez ... (as Gerardo Martínez 'Pichicúas')
Gabriel Pingarrón Gabriel Pingarrón
Ana Silvia Valencia Ana Silvia Valencia
Luis Mariano Napoles Luis Mariano Napoles
Jorge Becerril Jorge Becerril


During the American invasion of Panama to oust General Noriega, a mambo dancer is raped by American soldiers. Based on a true incident. There is effectively no dialog in this film: Everything is communicated through dance or pantomime. Written by Bill Kirkpatrick <mkirk@biomathp.unizh.ch>

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18 October 1995 (France) See more »

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hard to stop watching
4 June 2005 | by cheroldSee all my reviews

By turns fascinating and dull, this utterly bizarre anti-imperialist musical seems formless at first but turns out to be a pointed surrealist commentary on the U.S. invasion of Panama.

With no dialog besides a peculiar bookend scene of a ventriloquist, the movie alternates between dance numbers and silent vignettes of people going on about their lives. As the movie moves along there is an increasing sense of danger as the movie's politics come to the fore. This is all interesting but the vignettes are generally dull, although the dancing is pretty interesting. The high point of the film is the final extended dance sequence, a brief dramatic piece of dance that becomes increasingly ominous. This sequence is compelling but also rather upsetting, and is the main reason I wouldn't encourage my dance-crazy but squeamish girlfriend to watch it.

I didn't love this, but it is unique and worth taking a look at.

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