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.
Dancing to the beat of their hearts.
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21 August 1987 (USA)
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Opening Weekend: $162,378
(22 August 1997)
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?
According to a December 2008 interview with Dirty Dancing
(1987) screenwriter Eleanor Bergstein
, the characters of Baby and Johnny were both influenced by Bergstein's own biography. Like Baby Houseman, Bergstein came from a liberal Jewish family who visited Catskills resorts during the 1960s; her father was a doctor; she was nicknamed "Baby" until she was 22 years old; and her real first name was the same as a famous woman with strong ties to the Franklin D. Roosevelt
administration (i.e., Eleanor Roosevelt
). Like Johnny Castle, Bergstein was a skilled "dirty dancer" who learned at house parties and later became an Arthur Murray
instructor. See more
When Johnny & Baby first dance with the other staff, Otis Redding
's "Love Man" is playing. The film takes place in 1963 but Redding didn't record the song until 1967, shortly before his death. In fact, "Love Man" was recorded in the same session as "Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay" and wasn't a hit until the following year. See more
Radio disc jockey
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.
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 ...
Do You Love Me
Performed by The Contours
Words and Music by Berry Gordy
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