Dirty DancingDirector: Emile Ardolino
A teenage girl learns about love, adult responsibility, and how to do The Dirty Boogie in this romantic drama. In 1963, "Baby" Houseman (Jennifer Grey) is a 17-year-old spending the summer with her family at a resort hotel in the Catskills; she plans on being in the Peace Corps next summer, so this is expected to be her last summer as a carefree adolescent. Baby doesn't get along with her older sister, Lisa (Jane Brucker), and she's bored to tears by most of the older guests at the resort. However, one night Baby hears what sounds like a party going on in the employee's dormitory, and she pokes her head in to discover most of the hotel staff enjoying the sort of close dancing that would get you kicked out of the senior prom in no time flat. Baby is particularly struck by handsome Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze), a dancer in the resort's floor show, and falls head over heels in love, wanting to be near him. When Johnny's dance partner, Penny (Cynthia Rhodes), finds herself pregnant after a fling with one of the waiters, Baby volunteers to learn her steps and take her place; however, Baby's father, Dr. Jake Houseman (Jerry Orbach), will have none of it, convinced that Johnny is a low life and that his daughter is too young to understand her own feelings. Dirty Dancing was a surprise box-office hit, and the soundtrack album was an even bigger success, spawning several hit singles and inspiring a top-drawing concert tour featuring several of its artists.
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Cast & Crew
|Patrick Swayze||Johnny Castle|
|Jennifer Grey||Frances "Baby" Houseman|
|Jerry Orbach||Dr. Jake Houseman|
|Cynthia Rhodes||Penny Johnson|
|Jack Weston||Max Kellerman|
|Jane Brucker||Lisa Houseman|
|Kelly Bishop||Marjorie Houseman|
|Lonny Price||Neil Kellerman|
|Max Cantor||Robbie Gould|
|Charles "Honi" Coles||Tito Suarez|
|Neal Jones||Billy Kostecki|
|Tom Connold||Bus Boy|
|Heather Lea Gerdes||Dancer|
|Bruce "Cousin Brucie" Morrow||Magician|
|Paula Trueman||Mrs. Schumacher|
|Alvin Myerovich||Mr. Schumacher|
|Miranda Garrison||Vivian Pressman|
|Garry Goodrow||Moe Pressman|
|Antone Pagan||Staff Kid|
|Jesus Fuentes||Dirty Dancer|
|Dorian Sanchez||Dirty Dancer|
|Jennifer Stahl||Dirty Dancer|
|Doro Bachrach||Associate Producer|
|Mitchell Cannold||Executive Producer|
|David Chapman||Production Designer|
|Peter C. Frank||Editor|
|Herbert W. Gains||Asst. Director|
|Clay Griffith||Set Decoration/Design|
|Mark Haack||Art Director|
|Gilbert La Chapelle||Makeup|
|Farrel Jane Levy||Editor|
|Stephen Lineweaver||Art Director|
|Michael Lloyd||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|John Morris||Score Composer|
|Steven E. Reuther||Executive Producer|
|Hilary M. Rosenfeld||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Eddie Bo Smith||Songwriter|
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First I must say I am a huge movie fan.I have been watching and buying movies" now mostly dvds" for around 20 years.I first saw dirty dancing when I was around 17 years old.At first I was really skeptical about sitting through a so called " chick Flick".But as the movie got going I really found myself engrossed in the story line.I must say the most memorable line that sticks out in my head for some reason is the line " nobody puts baby in a corner".And who can forget the outstanding dance sequence at the end.Dirty dancing came out in the era of over indulgence in the time of big hair and overspending but is set in a more simpler time gone and almost forgotten. A plus all the way.
It was the best movie I have evere seen! I have watched it at least 10 times. It never gets boring and the music is soo upbeat and fun. You fall head-over-heels for the bad boy Johnny, and you take a ride with Baby throught learning new things that are both hard and easy. It is an equsite masterpiece that will never be forgotten!
this is really one of the classic movies that is worth watching over and over again...
One of my all time favorites.
I love this movie! I have watched since I was a child and know it by heart. But even though I know what will happen I enjoy every minute of it...especially Patrick! Don't pass this one up, you'll enjoy every minute of it...~Kate
This movie is wonderful from beginning to end. Jennifer Grey and Patrick S. have wonderful chemistry. I have watched it so many times and never get tired of it. A must see for any romantic.
Dirty Dancing is the best movie on earth. When I was little i use to dance to it, and I then ended up in dance classes for 10 years. It is my favorite movie ever. When i fall asleep at night I fall asleep watchin that movie. I never get tired of watching it and everytime I find out something new.
it is a class film with excellent storyline and great dancing and brill songs
This movie was awsome! I loved all of the great old music and dancing! After i wachted it a couple of times I even bought the soundtrack( it was that good).
Dirty Dancing has got to be the greatest movie ever made! It has great music, a great cast, and a great story line. It's the type of movie you can't get enough of - you can watch it over and over again... I highly recommend it to any person of any age!
In Dirty Dancing,the plot is simple but wonderfully thought out. The dancing is some of the best I have every seen. I am really into dance movies and this is the best one that I have seen. Everything from learning about the charactors to them falling in love has new surprises. This is my favorite movie of all. This also has the best end scene that I have ever seen.
Dirty Dancing is a Fantastic Film, it shows what love can do to you.Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey are fantastic Actors in this film.The Dancing is truly original,I would say that this film will be remembered forever
ive seen this movie a hundred times and i never get bored of it, i can watch it over and over again. its my favourite film and the ending is amazing. i would recommend this to anyone that likes romanti films.
Dirty dancing is a movie that I have watched several times. I have even watched it twice in a row! The chemistry between Patrick Swayze & Jennifer Grey will keep you mesmerized. Tear jerker at times, funny, and very romantic.
THIS MOVIE IS ONE OF THE GREATIST MOVIES EVER MADE.PATRICK SWAYZE IS SOOOOO HOT.HE HAS THE LOOKS,HE HAS THE ATTITUDE,AND HE DEFINATELY HAS THE MOVES.I LOVE TO WATCH HIM DANCE,AND JENNIFER IS REALLY GREAT ALSO.THEY DO SO WELL TOGETHER.AND SHE IS ONE LUCKY LADY!!!IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THIS MOVIE GO GET IT NOW,I PROMISE YOU'LL ENJOY EVERY MINUIT OF IT.THEY SERIOSLY NEED TO MAKE A PART TWO,QUICKLY.
I first watched this movie when I was about 6 or 7. Every Easter my grandmother would bring it over and we all watched it together. I fell in love with it. I don't understand the power it has over girls but if they had seen it they loved it and if they didn't they were either crazy or sheltered. I didn't think anyone had ever heard about it. I never seen a poster or ANYTHING. One day at school my Jr year I started singing ''hungry eyes'' almost in a wisper, due to being bored, and after the first line every female in that room were singing along including my Jr year home room teacher. It was great.
hi! this is an amazing film, i can watch this over and over and over again and still i will never get bored of it cuz vry time u watch it feels like the first! patrick and jennifer were da bomb, i dont think they cud hav picked any1 better...but i do have 2 q's to ask, is there gonna b a dirty dancing 2?? and i've been hearing that jennifer is well...dead! plz tell me this is soooo not true!!!!
Set in 1963 ''baby'' played by Jennifer Grey has been carted away on another holiday to a summer camp in the Catskills. Little does she know that this trip will be 'the time of her life'. As the story goes baby decides to join some merangue classes to pass time. While learning to dance she befriends one of the workers who ends up taking Baby to a party with in the servants quarters. There she meets Johnny a gorgeous, rueful and absolutely gorgeous dance instructor. With him Baby doesnt only learn how to dance but to make love and have fun with. This movie may be corny but it truely is one of the 80's all time greats. It may be for women but it surely is the time of your life.
What more can I say about Dirty Dancing then that of its a beautiful wonderful movie. Its a movie about a young women going to a hotel and finding her true love there. Her father not finding this love very appealing had much to do with what happens between them. I highly recommend this movie to anybody.
I can watch this movie over and over and over again. When the 17 year old Frances 'baby' housemann goes on a summerholiday with her parents and sister she had no idea that she is going to get the time of her life. The songs in the movie are so beautiful especially ''hungry eyes'' i fell in love with this song it's soooo beautiful. Baby and Johnnie are such a good couple. I watched this movie with hungry eyes