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Dirty Dancing (1987)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Romance | 21 August 1987 (USA)
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Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle.

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Emile Ardolino
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Grey ... Baby Houseman
Patrick Swayze ... Johnny Castle
Jerry Orbach ... Jake Houseman
Cynthia Rhodes ... Penny Johnson
Jack Weston ... Max Kellerman
Jane Brucker ... Lisa Houseman
Kelly Bishop ... Marjorie Houseman
Lonny Price ... Neil Kellerman
Max Cantor Max Cantor ... Robbie Gould
Charles 'Honi' Coles Charles 'Honi' Coles ... Tito Suarez (as Charles Honi Coles)
Neal Jones ... Billy Kostecki
'Cousin Brucie' Morrow 'Cousin Brucie' Morrow ... Magician
Wayne Knight ... Stan
Paula Trueman ... Mrs. Schumacher
Alvin Myerovich Alvin Myerovich ... Mr. Schumacher
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Storyline

In 1963, Frances "Baby" Houseman, a sweet daddy's girl, goes with her family to a resort in upstate New York's Catskill Mountains. Baby has grown up in privileged surroundings and all expect her to go on to college, join the Peace Corps and save the world before marrying a doctor, just like her father. Unexpectedly, Baby becomes infatuated with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle, a man whose background is vastly different from her own. Baby lies to her father to get money to pay for an illegal abortion for Johnny's dance partner. She then fills in as Johnny's dance partner and it is as he is teaching her the dance routine that they fall in love. It all comes apart when Johnny's friend falls seriously ill after her abortion and Baby gets her father, who saves the girl's life. He then learns what Baby has been up to, who with and worse, that he funded the illegal abortion. He bans his daughter from any further association with "those people". In the first deliberately willful ... Written by Amanda W, amended by Linda C.

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Taglines:

First dance. First love. The time of your life. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Jennifer Grey was about to embark on a publicity tour to promote this movie when she and then boyfriend Matthew Broderick were involved in a head-on collision in their rental car in Ireland, in which a mother and daughter died, in August 1987. See more »

Goofs

After Billy with the watermelons finds Baby in the staff area, they start up the long hill of stairs to the faint sounds of 'Do You Love Me' beginning to play. When they reach the the top in the next frame, presumably 2-3 minutes later, the song is still at the beginning. See more »

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[first lines]
Radio disc jockey: [on radio] Hi, everybody, this is your Cousin Brucie. Whoa! Our summer romances are in full bloom, and everybody, but everybody's in love. So cousins, here's a great song from The Four Seasons.
Baby: [voiceover] That was the summer of 1963 - when everybody called me Baby, and it didn't occur to me to mind. That was before President Kennedy was shot, before the Beatles came, when I couldn't wait to join the Peace Corps, and I thought I'd never find a guy as great as my dad. That was the ...
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Connections

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Soundtracks

The Time of My Life
Performed by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
Written by Franke Previte, Donald Markowitz, and John DeNicola
Produced by Michael Lloyd for Mike Curb Productions
Jennifer Warnes - Courtesy of Cypress Records
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Nobody gives Baby a low rating
11 May 2017 | by KingslaaySee all my reviews

Dirty Dancing is a classic film that is so memorable that it is hard to say anything negative about it.

It has a reasonable plot but is accompanied by an immortal soundtrack and moments that make this film remarkable. Herein lies it's value as it can be revisited for positive memories and a soundtrack second to none. While many will argue Schindler's list or 12 Years A Slave is a superior film not many will agree you can revisit or watch it over again. The songs featured in this classic will be included on our iPod's and play on the radios for years to come. We will never forget when Patrick Swayze hoisted Jennifer Grey up for the dance sequence at the end, timeless moments that keep this film alive and memorable.

Dirty Dancing in its essence is a film about letting go of strict societal norms and letting the music embrace you. You dance and feel the beat as opposed to observing rules and steps, the music dictates the rhythm and mood. Perhaps this iconic film was significant in the departure from traditional dancing as fewer people know dancing. Dancing as we see in modern movies or real life is people moving to the music without any defined steps, perhaps started by this iconic film.

This film is a must see and should be on your bucket list. It is easy to understand and easy to get lost in this great soundtrack.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dirty Dancing See more »

Filming Locations:

Virginia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,900,000, 23 August 1987

Gross USA:

$64,577,242

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$217,892,629
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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