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  • 19871987
  • PG-13PG-13
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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.Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle.Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle.






    • Emile Ardolino
    • Eleanor Bergstein
  • Stars
    • Patrick Swayze
    • Jennifer Grey
    • Jerry Orbach
    • Emile Ardolino
    • Eleanor Bergstein
  • Stars
    • Patrick Swayze
    • Jennifer Grey
    • Jerry Orbach
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    • 534User reviews
    • 123Critic reviews
    • 65Metascore
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    • Won 1 Oscar
      • 11 wins & 6 nominations total


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    Patrick Swayze

    • Johnny Castle

    Jennifer Grey

    • Baby Houseman

    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

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    Miranda Garrison

    • Vivian Pressman

    Garry Goodrow

    • Moe Pressman

    Antone Pagán

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      • Emile Ardolino
      • Eleanor Bergstein
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    Some kind of wonderful

    I don't really know what it is about Dirty Dancing. . there is some sort of absolute magic in this movie.. I cannot possibly recount the hundreds (yes, hundreds)of times I've watched it, beginning to end... but every time I do come upon it on TV, I am entranced and mystified and sit myself down and there I am, for two hours, loving the movie as if I'm watching it for the first time. Although Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey absolutely hated each other throughout the making of this film, they possess a beautiful chemistry on the set.. it makes the viewer enjoy it that much more, to see this passion and commitment.. and I can't help tearing up a tiny bit at the end, when Patrick comes up to the Houseman family and tells her dad, "Nobody puts Baby in a corner". (classic moment) For all those people who believe this movie is corny and sappy, maybe in a way it is, but it was the penicle of the 80's films, and put Patrick Swayze right on the map; his performance was immaculate.

    Three Cheers for Dirty Dancing !!

    Ps- The soundtrack is fantastic, an absolute masterpiece



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    • Dec 24, 2004

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    • Release date
      • August 21, 1987 (United States)
      • United States
      • Official Site
      • English
    • Also known as
      • Vũ Điệu Hoang Dã
    • Filming locations
      • Mountain Lake Resort - 115 Hotel Circle, Pembroke, Virginia, USA
    • Production companies
      • Great American Films Limited Partnership
      • Vestron Pictures
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    Box office

      • $6,000,000 (estimated)
      • $64,577,242
      • $3,900,000
      • Aug 23, 1987
      • $214,577,242
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    • 1 hour 40 minutes

      • Dolby Stereo(original release)
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      • 1. 85 : 1

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    Dirty Dancing Movie Review | Common Sense Media

    A Lot or a Little?

    The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

    What Parents Need to Know

    Parents need to know that Dirty Dancing is a 1960s-set forbidden romance starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze. It's a guilty pleasure for many due to several campy scenes, flashy dance sequences, and appealing performances by its main characters. Although some parents may find the dancing a little too dirty, teenage viewers will be captivated by the flashy fantasy of star-crossed summer romance. Sexual references abound here beyond the dance moves: one character has a botched abortion, the main character loses her virginity, and another talks about her plans to go all the way. An older married woman propositions younger men on staff at the resort and sleeps with one. Language includes "s--t," "ass," "goddamn."

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    Talchinsky Adult

    July 27, 2021

    age 13+

    Uncomfortable for me; OK for my Kid

    We are a blended family with two 12-year old boys (both 12 going onto 13). I am personally uncomfortable showing them this movie because of some of the themes discussed by other parents (prostitution, abortion, sexy dancing) BUT I'M GOING TO SHOW IT TO THEM because... We just busted one of our 12-year olds looking at inappropriate images of girls in bikinis online (he couldn't get to the naked ones due to porn blockers) so he's obviously getting interested in sexy subjects. I would like to show him movies that show intimacy and love so that those are his first ideas about sex. I think this movie is cheezy but it shows themes of love, family, understanding, communication, emotions and growth. There are lessons to be learned. We can use the show to discuss why they shouldn't have unprotected sex when they are older. I also like that the protaganist isn't the prettiest girl in the room and doesn't have the biggest breasts yet there is love and connection and intimacy (a contrast to most sexual images found online). I want them to know that boobs and "being hot" are not requirements for intimacy, love, and happiness and lots of different things can make a person sexy (including being a good dancer!) This was my little sister's favorite movie when it first came out back in the 80s. She was 10 when she first saw it and she always loved it. I asked her if she had any thoughts in hindsight and she had no regrets at seeing it at such a young age. And finally, when I was young my mother watched edgy movies with me, because they prompted questions and conversations and I think it was good for me. I would not play this for my son and his friends on a "play date" and walk away. This is something we will watch as a family and only as a family. If his friends want to see it they'll have to talk to their parents about it!

    This title has:

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    Elizabeth F. Adult

    August 16, 2022

    age 11+

    Great movie

    Really Good but a couple of scenes not for kids 9 or under. Only watch with kids who are mature. Also a couple swear words that include sh**.

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    Too much sex

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    What's the Story?

    In DIRTY DANCING, Frances "Baby" Houseman (Jennifer Grey) and her family spend their summer vacation at a Catskills resort where Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) works. Baby runs into this handsome dance instructor from the wrong side of the tracks at a forbidden, wild "dirty dance" party that his friends throw after work. To supplement their meager earnings, Johnny and his partner, Penny (Cynthia Rhodes), do a mambo show at a neighboring hotel. But then Penny gets pregnant by one of the hotel waiters, and the only time she can get an abortion is the night of a big mambo show. The naïve Baby steps in, determined to help, asking her father (Jerry Orbach) for money to help Penny, no questions asked, before desperately trying to learn the mambo in time. Romance takes off on the dance floor, accompanied by a great '60s soundtrack (a cute touch: many of the tunes have "baby" somewhere in the title). Johnny is drawn to Baby's fierce optimism and Baby is drawn to -- well, he's Patrick Swayze! What will happen when they're found out?

    Is It Any Good?

    Unabashedly schmaltzy, this movie is also a lot of fun. Grey is touching as the shy and idealistic Baby, whose sexuality is awakened by Swayze's energy. Both are exceptionally well cast, and their skillful and convincing performances bolster some of the story's weaker elements, like the many stock characters and predictable events. Johnny gets some of the worst dialogue, and it's remarkable that he's able to make the immortal line "Nobody puts Baby in a corner" sound almost natural. Teens will get past such corny dialogue because of the dance sequences, which effectively mirror Baby and Johnny's emotions.

    As the two become more drawn to each other, the dancing becomes more seductive, culminating in the liberating energy of the final scene. Dirty Dancing's content may well be more mature than many parents remember; be sure to talk to kids about Penny's situation, and why things were so dire for her during the movie's '60s setting.

    Talk to Your Kids About ...

    • Families can talk about Dirty Dancing's sexual themes. How is sex treated? What are the different aspects it takes? Parents, talk to your kids about your own values regarding sex and relationships.

    • As a teenager, what would you do if you were pressured to have sex?

    • How do you feel about the conflict between Baby and her father? Is one right and the other wrong, or is it more complex than that? Does their relationship feel realistic?

    Movie Details

    • In theaters: January 1, 1987
    • On DVD or streaming: February 7, 2017
    • Cast: Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach, Patrick Swayze
    • Director: Emile Ardolino
    • Studio: Vestron Pictures
    • Genre: Romance
    • Run time: 101 minutes
    • MPAA rating: PG-13
    • MPAA explanation: mature themes and sexuality.
    • Last updated: August 18, 2022

    Film Dirty Dancing: photo, video, list of actors

    American romantic melodrama about dancing and love. Directed by Emile Ardolino , the film starred Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach (Jerry Orbach), Kelly Bishop (Kelly Bishop), Jane Brooker (Jane Brucker) and Cynthia Rhodes (Cynthia Rhodes).

    The plot of the film "Dirty Dancing"

    In the summer of 1963, seventeen-year-old Francis Houseman (Jennifer Grey) , nicknamed Baby, a naive girl from a well-to-do family, spends her holidays with her parents and older sister Lisa (Jane Brooker) at a resort family hotel. Everything seems rather boring to her: family breakfasts, lunches and dinners, endless bingo games, classes with the elderly. But in the evening, a couple of dancers perform in the common room. Baby can't take his eyes off them, they are so graceful and beautiful. Baby does not know how to dance at all, so he watches the couple with great interest.

    One evening the girl decides to take a walk around the boarding house. She hears music in the distance and follows its sounds. So she accidentally enters the staff area and sees a waiter serving their table. He asks her to help her carry the watermelons, and together they go inside the servants' house. Everyone is dancing "dirty dances" there, the movements of young people are quite frank and sexy. Among the dancers, Baby also recognizes the couple she saw at the evening in the boarding house. She is very attracted to a young and handsome dancer Johnny (Patrick Swayze) . Noticing her gaze, he invites Baby to dance. Johnny shows her some fairly simple moves and completely fascinates her.

    Johnny's dance partner Penny (Cynthia Rhodes) got pregnant by waiter Robbie, who refuses to help her in any way. Abortion is banned in the USA, but Penny has no other choice, because next week they will be performing at another hotel, the only way they earn their living. Baby asks his father Jake (Jerry Orbach) to lend her a large sum of money. Baby gives everything to Penny so she can have an illegal abortion. After the operation, Penny becomes ill, and Baby has to turn to her father for help. After learning where his money went, he forbids Baby from dating Johnny.

    Johnny is already in trouble: he needs to perform at another hotel, otherwise he and Penny will lose money this year and will not be offered a job next year. None of the dancers can replace Penny, then Baby proposes her candidacy. Johnny only has a few days to teach Baby how to dance professionally.

    Interesting facts about the film "Dirty Dancing"

    Patrick Swayze both dances and sings in this film.

    Jennifer Gray, 30, convinced casting producers to cast her in a film by transforming herself into a naive 15-year-old in just 10 minutes.

    Cynthia Rhodes , who played the partner of Johnny Penny, the wife of American singer Richard Marks a, known for his romantic songs.

    The book that Robbie recommended to Baby - "Source" Ayn Rand .

    Abortion was only legal in the USA in 1973. Thousands of women die or become ill every year as a result of illegal abortions in America. Many people who performed clandestine abortions were often not doctors at all.

    Max Cantor , who played Robbie, shared an apartment with John Lennon for a while. Max entered Harvard University but died of a heroin overdose at the age of 32.

    Billy Zane and Sarah Jessica Parker auditioned for Dirty Dancing .

    In December 2008, screenwriter Eleanor Bergsten admitted that the characters of Baby and Johnny are based on her own biography. Like Baby Houseman, Eleanor comes from a liberal Jewish family. Throughout the 1960s, she, her father, mother, and older sister visited the Catskills Family Resort. Her father was a doctor, and until the age of 22 everyone called her Baby. She got her name in honor of a woman with a strong character.0003 Eleanor Roosevelt . Michael Terrace , a dance teacher from CatsKills, became Johnny's inspiration.

    The film premiered on August 17, 1987. He immediately won the recognition of viewers and critics with his simple but extremely romantic story, beautiful music, beautiful dances and songs. The picture exceeded the budget by almost 36 times and still occupies leading positions in various ratings and charts (for example, in the list of "Hollywood's Top 100 Melodramas").

    Worldwide grossing $213,954,274, US grossing $63,954,274, US DVD grossing $9,037,337, on a budget of just $6 million.

    Academy Award for Best Song ("(I've Had) The Time of My Life"). Golden Globe Award for Best Song ("(I've Had) The Time of My Life"). Three Golden Globe nominations: Best Picture (Comedy or Musical), Best Actor (Patrick Swayze) and Best Actress (Jennifer Grey).

    Dirty Dancing: Dance to the Heartbeat

    Dirty Dancing is a 1987 cult American melodrama starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, which tells the story of two young people from different social strata coming together over their passion for social dancing.

    That's how sparingly and uncomplicatedly Wikipedia describes the film, after which the name of Patrick Swayze became the catalyst for red cheeks and stupid giggles among young ladies. They watched it in the late 80s and early 90s only in the circle of close friends and friends, hiding from their parents as far as possible. Now times have changed, but the goosebumps from Dirty Dancing continue to tickle your back.

    Baby and Johnny are in the spotlight. Baby is a girl from a wealthy family of a doctor who personifies the American dream. Johnny is just Johnny. A free dancer who earns a living by entertaining the public.

    What is Dirty Dancing?

    "Dirty" dances in the film are dances performed at a service staff party in a small American boarding house where the main character is resting. There, Baby is faced with the other side of her own life: people who plow until they pass out during the day, and in the evening splash out emotions in dances. Half-naked, tart, very intimate. There she meets Johnny, who will become her partner, first in dancing, and then in life.

    “Yes, I am afraid of everything, I am afraid that I will leave this room and not feel what I feel now. Dance with Me.

    — Here?

    - Yes.

    In fact, classic dirty dancing is shown in only one scene - just at the very party in the boarding house. They are not tied to any of the styles, although they have much in common with Latin American genres. They were performed spontaneously, many movements were invented directly in front of the camera.

    Everything that starts after the party - training and performance - is a Cuban mambo with a splash of salsa and other Latin American revelations.

    Mambo in Dirty Dancing

    Mambo is a Latin American dance brought to the New World by African-American black slaves. It was performed in stuffy rooms to rhythmic music (4 by 4) after a hard day's work. In the middle of the 20th century, it also spread among the white population, but until the end of the era of racism in America, it was customary to hide its social origin.

    The name of the dance comes from the name of the militant deity "mambo", and some of the movements are references to the ancient ritual dance.

    Dirty Dancing staging

    Baby and Johnny's performances were choreographed by Kenny Ortego, the most famous Hollywood choreographer, who became famous not only for Dirty Dancing, but also for staging Michael Jackson's show tours.

    The film's final dance, especially complex and especially intimate, used unique supports that are used in modern. These supports became the highlights of the production. The frame is rhythmic steps, rotations, hugs, characteristic of mambo, rumba, salsa.

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