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Dirty Dancing (1987)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Romance | 21 August 1987 (USA)
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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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Brucker ...
Max Cantor ...
Charles 'Honi' Coles ...
Tito Suarez (as Charles Honi Coles)
'Cousin Brucie' Morrow ...
Paula Trueman ...
Mrs. Schumacher
Alvin Myerovich ...
Mr. Schumacher


In 1963, Frances "Baby" Houseman, a sweet daddy's girl, goes with her family to a resort in upstate New York's Catskill Mountains. Baby has grown up in privileged surroundings and all expect her to go on to college, join the Peace Corps and save the world before marrying a doctor, just like her father. Unexpectedly, Baby becomes infatuated with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle, a man whose background is vastly different from her own. Baby lies to her father to get money to pay for an illegal abortion for Johnny's dance partner. She then fills in as Johnny's dance partner and it is as he is teaching her the dance routine that they fall in love. It all comes apart when Johnny's friend falls seriously ill after her abortion and Baby gets her father, who saves the girl's life. He then learns what Baby has been up to, who with and worse, that he funded the illegal abortion. He bans his daughter from any further association with "those people". In the first deliberately willful ... Written by Amanda W, amended by Linda C.

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Dancing to the beat of their hearts. See more »


Drama | Music | Romance


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Release Date:

21 August 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dirty Dancing  »


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,900,000, 23 August 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$63,954,274, 31 December 1997

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The song, "She's Like The Wind", originally written for Grandview, U.S.A. (1984), was used in this movie instead. See more »


Driving to the resort at the beginning of the movie, the road has solid center lines which are yellow. In the early '60s centerlines were white, not yellow. See more »


[first lines]
Radio disc jockey: [on radio] Hi, everybody, this is your Cousin Brucie. Whoa! Our summer romances are in full bloom, and everybody, but everybody's in love. So cousins, here's a great song from The Four Seasons.
Baby: [voiceover] That was the summer of 1963 - when everybody called me Baby, and it didn't occur to me to mind. That was before President Kennedy was shot, before the Beatles came, when I couldn't wait to join the Peace Corps, and I thought I'd never find a guy as great as my dad. That was the ...
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Referenced in Home and Away: Episode #1.280 (1989) See more »


Written by Terry Fryer, Neal Cavanaugh, and Tom Graf
Performed by Merry Clayton
Produced by Michael Lloyd for Mike Curb Productions
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Some kind of wonderful
24 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

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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