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The Bulldance (1988)

Forbidden Sun (original title)
After a rape at a girl's gymnastics school, questions arise and bring to light ancient Cretan rituals.


Zelda Barron


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lauren Hutton ... Mrs. Lake
Cliff De Young ... Professor Lake
Robert Beltran ... Jack
Viveka Davis ... Jane
Renée Estevez ... Elaine
Christine Harnos ... Steph (as Kristina Harnos)
Samantha Mathis ... Paula
Renee Props ... Betsey
Svetislav 'Bule' Goncic Svetislav 'Bule' Goncic ... Ulysses (as Svetislav Goncic)
Enver Petrovci Enver Petrovci ... Lieutenant Ioannides
Melinda May Cukic Melinda May Cukic ... Miss Stonehouse
Marcus Myers Marcus Myers ... Rock Group - Steve
Simon Laffy Simon Laffy ... Rock Group - Danny
Steve Phypers Steve Phypers ... Rock Group - Pete
Maxwell Bruce Smith Maxwell Bruce Smith ... Rock Group -Mike (as Bruce Maxwell Smith)


A couple of Texans manage a school in Crete, to train girls in Olympic gymnastics and learn some Ancient Greek History. Charles and Francine Lake are helped by an English teacher, a local gym coach and a janitor, all three single, and apparently sexually repressed. The twelve young women try to escape the rigorous discipline of the school, to mingle with the locals on the mainland where there is rock music by a visiting band. When one of the girls is sexually assaulted, the janitor Ulysses, a peeping tom, is suspected - and four girls vow revenge, in the form of a Cretan ritual named the Bulldance. The revenge goes wrong, and it is found that Ulysses was not the culprit. More people were hiding secrets in the small island. One of the girls, dejected in love, goes on to further violence - including on herself, going alone in an arena with a bull 1400+ lbs. Written by Artemis-9

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English | Greek

Release Date:

1 February 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bulldance See more »

Filming Locations:

Dubrovnik, Croatia See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Mrs. Lake: Lieutenant, I expect you to move heavens and earth to find the criminal who made this outrage on a young kid... girl.
Lieutenant Ioannides: [muttering] With no suits.
Mrs. Lake: Girls, go get changed. Elaine, take your vest.
[addressing the lieutenant again]
Mrs. Lake: What do you mean by that, lieutenant?
Lieutenant Ioannides: Look at those girls of yours. All naked
[two words in Greek]
Lieutenant Ioannides: .
Mrs. Lake: Don't be so stupid, lieutenant. Your athletes... how do you want to have them dressed?
Lieutenant Ioannides: Mrs. Lake, you know about our culture? No court here would condemn a man for attacking a...
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Strange Romance
Composed and performed by Marcus Myers , Simon Laffy , Steve Phypers & Tom Ashton (as Hard Rain)
Performed by Hard Rain
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Craptastic movie!
22 May 2008 | by l-rossittoSee all my reviews

I think what makes this movie magical is the idiocy of the plot itself: I challenge filmmakers everywhere to cross gymnastics with ancient Cretan culture, sprinkle it with a a pseudo-rape storyline and a teenage rock band and come up with a serious movie! I came across it on late night TV and literally could not stop watching it. It has a slightly insane vibe to it, with performances are abrupt and melodramatic and a finale so bizarre you'll be left shaking your head. I also enjoyed the loving filming of the girls gym workouts, one of the only times in the film when the viewer is lulled into a state of equilibrium. An absolutely stupid, yet entertaining movie.

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