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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

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 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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Dancing to the beat of their hearts. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

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:

$217,688,008
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DTS (re-release)| Dolby Digital (re-release)| Dolby (original release)| SDDS (re-release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where Johnny and Baby are practicing dancing, and she keeps laughing when he runs his arm down hers, it was not part of the scene. She was actually laughing, and his frustration was genuine. They left it because it was effective. Her falling over in this scene was unplanned too. See more »

Goofs

When Johnny locks his keys in his car during a torrential rain, you can see the sun reflected shining brightly in the rear window of the car. You can also see that the ground beside the post he picks up is dry and sunlit and you can see shadows cast by the sunlight as Johnny picks up the post. See more »

Quotes

[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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Merengue
Written by Erich Bulling, John D'Andrea, and Michael Lloyd
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User Reviews

 
Original 'Feel good" dance epic -- often imitated Never Duplicated
9 September 2016 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

This is one of those rare rare films that needs a 30 year break between the time of production and the time of the review in order to appreciate it.

Since 1987 I have seen this film 7 or 8 times. Each time it just gets better. As a Prolific Review here on the IMDb, I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of films that improve with age like that.

This is literally the original "feel good" dance film -- which spawned dozens if not hundreds of imitations. The script is perfect. The acting is perfect. The casting is perfect. The direction is perfect. And the music score is to die for.

Nobody puts Baby in a corner? Well, nobody should ignore this film either! Also has an odd note of the "one hit wonder" label about it, which in my view only makes it more of a treat than it already is.

Swayze's career was unfortunately cut short. Jennifer Grey, who practically made this role a part of her DNA, had a nose job and (the cynics say) lost a lot of later roles because the casting directors were afraid no one would recognize her. And the brilliant writer/Producer Elenor Bergstein for whom this was a labor of love (there was a documentary on this) also seemed to hang up her spurs when production wrapped.

The IMDb rating is a joke. This is no less a classic in its genre than Maltese Falcon or the Matrix.

See it, rent it, buy it. But don't forget it.


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