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Dirty Dancing [1987] (2 discs)

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Director:Emile Ardolino
Writer:Eleanor Bergstein
Composer:John Morris
Length:100 minutes
(1 hour 40 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Drama
IMDB Rating:7.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:69%
Amazon Rating:5.0/5 stars
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  • Romance
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Synopsis: Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle.


Reaction: I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. It's still not the kind of movie I'm typically in the mood to rush to see or re-watch, but I can see how it became a cultural touchstone.


Personal Rating: 7/10

Emile Ardolino => Director / Cameo (uncredited)
Eleanor Bergstein => Writer
John Morris => Composer
Cynthia Rhodes => Penny Johnson
Garry Goodrow => Moe Pressman
Jack Weston => Max Kellerman
Jane Brucker => Lisa Houseman
Jennifer Grey => Baby Houseman
Jerry Orbach => Jake Houseman
Kelly Bishop => Marjorie Houseman
Lonny Price => Neil Kellerman
Max Cantor => Robbie Gould
Patrick Swayze => Johnny Castle
Wayne Knight => Stan

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Patrick Swayze had to convince Jennifer Grey to be in this film, because she had disliked him so much while filming Red Dawn (1984).
  • Dr. [?] Ruth Westheimer was asked to play the role of Mrs. Schumacher opposite Joel Grey as her husband, but turned it down when she realized the character was a thief.
  • Patrick Swayze insisted on doing his own stunts. During the log scene he kept on falling off the log and injured his knee so badly, he had to have fluid drained from the swelling.
  • The song {"She's Like The Wind"} was co-written by Patrick Swayze with [?] Stacy Widelitz and sung by Patrick Swayze.
  • The very famous scene where Johnny and Baby are practicing their dancing and they are crawling towards each other on the floor wasn't intended to be part of the film; they were just messing around and were warming up to do the real scene, but director Emile Ardolino liked it so much, he kept it in the film.
  • Patrick Swayze actually hated the line 'Nobody puts Baby in a corner,' and had to muster all his strength to get it out. It ended up being voted as the #98 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100).