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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 ...
Alvin Myerovich ...


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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First dance. First love. The time of your life. 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:

$162,378 (USA) (22 August 1997)


$63,892,689 (USA) (12 September 1997)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Pembroke, Virginia resort where many of the Kellerman's scenes were filmed hosts three Dirty Dancing-themed weekends a year. Dinners, a sock hop, a screening of the movie, a watermelon toss, group dance lessons, and a Dirty Dancing scavenger hunt are just some of the many activities on the agenda. See more »


Before the final dance sequence, as Johnny leaves the stage he starts taking off his jacket. The camera then cuts to off-stage and his jacket is on and he starts taking it off again. 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 Eastwick: Mooning and Crooning (2009) See more »


Love Man
Written by Otis Redding (uncredited)
Performed by Otis Redding
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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guilty pleasure
3 August 2004 | by (Capitola, CA) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie with my fiancée many years after it came out. I thought I would hate it, but to my surprise it is so cheesy that it's great. We've spent many hours reenacting parts of the movie ("Sylvia?!Yes Mickey?" or "I'm sorry you had to see that Baby. Sometimes in this world we see things that we don't want to."). My financee cracks up every time I imitate Neil. Also the music is classic and fun to sing along with, especially on road trips. Of course I don't admit any of this to my male friends. It's like a guilty pleasure. I seriously watch Dirty Dancing once a month or more and it is just as good every time. Jennifer Grey is also so cute in this movie. Its too bad her career never really took off.

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