Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing

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Director: Emile Ardolino

Cast: Emile Ardolino, Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

     
 

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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… See more details below

Overview

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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Featuring Patrick Swayze's heat-seeking pelvis, Jennifer Grey's original nose, and lavish helpings of dance-floor sensuality and coming-of-age nostalgia, Dirty Dancing was one of the great guilty pleasures of the 1980s. A genuine sleeper hit, it became an instant cult classic. For anyone who grew up during the 1980s, the film occupies a niche not far removed from that occupied by such Brat Pack favorites as The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo's Fire; seeing it was a sort of rite of passage. When it comes down to it, Dirty Dancing, while not exactly an example of great filmmaking, is a prime example of great entertainment. Like any number of coming-of-age dramas, what it lacks in finesse it makes up for in heart. As effusive and well-meaning as its teenage protagonist, Dirty Dancing is an unabashedly romantic exercise in both the suspension of disbelief and the healing powers of well-choreographed nostalgia.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/13/1998
UPC:
0028485160132
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
PG13
Source:
VESTRON VIDEO

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Tom Drake Actor
Heather Lea Gerdes Dancer
Bruce "Cousin Brucie" Morrow Magician
Wayne Knight Stan
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

Technical Credits
Emile Ardolino Director
Doro Bachrach Associate Producer
Martyn Baker Songwriter
Jeff Barry Songwriter
Eleanor Bergstein Co-producer,Screenwriter
Erich Bulling Songwriter
Mitchell Cannold Executive Producer
Neal Cavanaugh Songwriter
Bruce Channel Songwriter
David Chapman Production Designer
Melissa Cobb Songwriter
Bob Crewe Songwriter
John D'Andrea Songwriter
John DeNicola Songwriter
David Forrest Makeup
Peter C. Frank Editor
Terry Fryer Songwriter
Herbert W. Gains Asst. Director
Bob Gaudio Songwriter
Gerry Goffin Songwriter
Berry Gordy Songwriter
Linda Gottlieb Producer
Tom Graf Songwriter
Ellie Greenwich Songwriter
Clay Griffith Set Decoration/Design
Mark Haack Art Director
Jeff Jur Cinematographer
Carole King Songwriter
Gilbert La Chapelle Makeup
Farrel Jane Levy Editor
Stephen Lineweaver Art Director
Michael Lloyd Musical Direction/Supervision
Marko Luciani Songwriter
J. Madara Songwriter
Don Markowitz Songwriter
John Morris Score Composer
Kenny Ortega Choreography
R. Parris Songwriter
Lou Perez Songwriter
Frankie Previte Songwriter
Steven E. Reuther Executive Producer
Hilary M. Rosenfeld Costumes/Costume Designer
Bert Russell Songwriter
Mark Scola Songwriter
Eddie Bo Smith Songwriter
Phil Spector Songwriter
Surfaris Songwriter
Patrick Swayze Songwriter
Bonnie Timmermann Casting
Doug White Songwriter
Stacy Widelitz Songwriter
Maurice Williams Songwriter
Alfie Zappacosta Songwriter

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