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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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Have 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

Producers could only afford 14 days of shooting in the Catskills so they moved to a boys camp in North Carolina with pavilion where they could film the dance sequences. See more »

Goofs

When Johnny approaches Baby after he dances "Do You Love Me," he asks his cousin what Baby is doing there. She answers, "I carried a watermelon." In the next shot, while Johnny is walking away, she mouths the words but there's no sound. In the shot immediately after, she says the line again. See more »

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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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Merengue
Written by Erich Bulling, John D'Andrea, and Michael Lloyd
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"I don't believe you Baby"!
1 September 2003 | by triple8See all my reviews

This timeless summer love story is a classic and will never be dated. I can't even count how many times I've seen Dirty Dancing. This is one movie that I could probably watch every few weeks and still love.

There is something timeless about this movie. I have loved other "blockbuster love story movies" like Pretty Woman and when Harry met Sally. I think their up there but there is something about Dirty Dancing that just makes it absolutely perfect. The characters, the chemistry between Swaze and Grey, the movie's direction, the INCREDIBLE dancing, the warm summery atmosphere, everything about dirty dancing is absolutely perfect. It is an instant classic and I've never really seen a movie like it either before or since.

I don't think there is one particular element that makes this movie so loved but many things, a lot of which are mentioned by numerous reviewers. Dirty Dancing has a nostalgic, languid, summery mood, realistic characters, a relateable honest message coupled with incredible music and dancing, and the one of the best dance sequences cinema has ever given us.

This movie is always on TV and I will continue to watch it as long as they show it. But I WILL mention I have no interest in seeing "Havanna Nights", this one they should have left alone.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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:

$213,954,274
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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