Dirty Dancing

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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 ...
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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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Editorial Reviews

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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/4/2010
  • UPC: 012236146995
  • Original Release: 1987
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,718

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
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 de Nicola Songwriter
David Forrest Makeup
Peter C. Frank Editor
Terry Fryer Songwriter
Herbert W. Gains Asst. Director
Bob Gaudio Songwriter
Gerry Goffin Songwriter
Berry Gordy Jr. 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 Jr. Songwriter
Phil Spector Songwriter
The Surfaris Songwriter
Patrick Swayze Songwriter
Bonnie Timmermann Casting
Doug White Songwriter
Stacy Widelitz Songwriter
Maurice Williams Songwriter
Alfie Zappacosta Songwriter
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    FANASTIC!!!!!!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW!!!! Best Movie EVER!!!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2012

    this is really one of the classic movies that is worth watching

    this is really one of the classic movies that is worth watching over and over again...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

    One of my all time favorites.

    One of my all time favorites.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner

    I fell head over heels in love with this movie after I first saw it when I was 10 years old. The storyline, music, and acting are wonderful. Nobody else could play Johnny like Patrick Swayze did. I have watched this movie so much that I know practically all the lines. You will want to watch this movie over and over again because you will love it that much. This is one of the best movie love stories.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Exciting Dancing

    This was a wonderful movie about a young woman (played by Jennifer Grey) who learns the way of the world and has fun while learning to dance under the free spirit of Johnny Castle's character (played by Patrick Swayze). This movie really captured the natural dancing and acting talent that both Jennifer and Patrick have. I remember some time ago (it was either 2007 or 2008) when the E series channel featured a special on the characters from the "Dirty Dancing" movie. It mentioned about Jennifer Grey having had cosmetic surgery done. Admittedly, it is just my personal opinion but observing Jennifer's beauty in the movie made me think that it was unnecessary to alter her appearance. When I watched the movie I thought that she was naturally beautiful. Her and Patrick had strong chemistry on the screen as playing dancers who have a zest for life. This is a very fun dancing movie with many wonderful and uplifting songs such as "She's Like the Wind" (by the late great Patrick Swayze) and "Time of my life". Yes, this movie may be from the 80's but it is definitely a movie to watch and savor like you would your favorite popsicle that evokes good times and exciting times.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner

    Patrick Swayze dancing sublime. This is a must see movie. It's fun, touching and the dancing is wonderful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Dirty Dancing is a classic!

    Love it! Sad, exciting, sexy and fantastic dancing!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Swayze is unforgettable in this

    It was tough - in a good way - to watch this all the way through. Patrick Swayze exuded such vulnerability, and he had a great presence in this movie.

    What a sorrow to have lost him.

    Jennifer Grey was perfectly cast as the shy young girl, who learns to dance and falls in love with the Swayze character.

    Great music, great dancing and an unforgettable film.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A classic!!

    Dirty Dancing it a movie that everyone should see! Its a timeless love story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    a real popular movie in memory of Patrick Swayze

    its so sad that he died he was a great actor and singer and in Dirty Dancing he was the wild man the rebel i will always love Dirty Dancing i know when you watch it your gonna have the time of your life!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dirty Dancing

    This is an amazing movie. I know that it is old but it is still amazing. I had seen it once before but had forgot about it, but then I saw it twice on ABC Family and I'll say that I'm hooked. I keep remembering parts of the movie and I hope that everyone that watches it and enjoys it as much as I did. Hope that everyone starts bringing back the classics. Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey had great chemistry that just drew me in more and I hope you see it too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful!

    When I saw this movie I just had to watch it again and again and again. It was truly wonderful! I had the time of my life! And Im sure that veiwers will to!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OMG!!!

    i luv this movie!!! i just saw it a couple days ago but i already and i cant stop watching it ... have major problem! but thats okay i know im not alone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS MOVIE IS GREAT =)

    one time i was flipping through channels in search for a movie to watch with mom and dirty dancing was on...and my mom yelled, "lets watch this...it a really good movie! You'll love it!" so i did what mom said and it was such a great movie...especially because i dance and love watching these kinds of movies...if u haven't seen this movie definately do...you'll love and want to see it again and again...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREATEST MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I saw it for the first time when I was about 10 when my friend lent it to me. I watched it at least 10 times before I returned it.I loved the ending and all the dance scenes. I disliked the part where you heard her sister singing but the rest of the movie makes up for that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic!

    For all of the movies that came out in the 1980's this is by far one of the best. Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze have great chemistry, the storyline is interesting and fun and really just wants to make you get up and dance. I saw this movie when I was five or six and I loved it! Still to this day I love this movie! Patrick Swayze was so hot in this movie! Definetly should be viewed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Get Ready to Get Down and Dirty All Over Again!

    'Dirty Dancing' is a coming of age fable, set in the Catskills. It's the film that made Patrick Swayze a household word, shot Jennifer Grey to the top of the world and had the entire country singing 'I've Had the Time of My Life'. The plot tells the story of Frances 'Baby' Houseman (Grey), a naive rich kid who goes slumming on the wrong side of the tracks with Johnny Castle, a poor dancer (Swayze) working off a debt as a dance instructor and sometimes gigolo. The wrinkle; Johnny's actually a great guy who¿s being used for his prowess both on and off the dance floor. Through Baby¿s eyes Johnny begins to believe in himself and the prospect of settling down into a life and love that is truly the time of both their lives. However, when Johnny¿s dance partner, Penny Johnson (Cynthia Rhodes) becomes pregnant, then suffers a botched abortion, Baby¿s father, Jake (Jerry Orbach) naturally assumes that Johnny was the father. The resulting animosity between Jake, his daughter and her boyfriend is, of course, eventually resolved in the film¿s climactic ending that erroneously supports the myth that true love conquers all. ¿Dirty Dancing¿ has been made available on DVD in three different transfers. The first two, film only and ¿collector¿s edition¿ were not anamorphically enhanced for widescreen televisions. The newly remastered ¿Ultimate Edition¿ exhibits a really solid, anamorphically enhanced video presentation. Colors are fully satruated, rich and vibrant. Fine detail is beautifully rendered. There's a hint of film grain detected, as well as edge enhancement and the ever so slight shimmer of fine details but these do not distract. The soundtrack has also been remastered and cleaned up. There are a lot of extras - but oddly enough, none of them include either interviews with Patrick Swayze, or other cast members speaking to his immense contributions on the film. It's like the movie happened without him! - Bizarre!!! There are two documentaries, one chiefly about the film¿s creation, the other a tribute to the camera work involved. There¿s also a teaser for ¿Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights¿ and a video version of the stage `sensation¿ that is genuinely dull and tacky. There¿s also some theatrical trailers and stills to go through.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dirty Dancing is one of the greatest

    I loved dirty dancing for so many reasons some of which include the great acting, the excellent plot lines, and the view on the world during the 1960's in america. I think the movie personafied the changing times of america and how that era effects us today. I also love the dances and that is why I am going to do the dances with my best friend in my high school cafeteria with a boombox starting with 'Nobody puts baby in the corner' to the lift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    :-)

    I love this movie, i'ts a classic movie which never will go out of time... I can see it 10 times a day and it goes better each time.

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