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: DEM 335,283
(15 October 1987)
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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encouraged the actors to improvise and often kept the cameras rolling, even if actors went "off script". One example of this was the scene where Jennifer Grey
was to stand in front of Patrick Swayze
with her back to him and put her arm up behind his head while he trailed his fingers down her arm (similar to the pose seen in the movie poster). Though it was written as a serious and tender moment, Grey was exhausted, found the move ticklish, and could not stop giggling each time Swayze tried it, no matter how many takes Ardolino asked for. Swayze was impatient to finish the scene and found Grey's behavior annoying. However, the producers decided the scene worked as it was and put it into the film, complete with Grey's giggling and Swayze's annoyed expression. It became one of the most famous scenes in the movie, turning out, as choreographer Kenny Ortega
put it, "as one of the most delicate and honest moments in the film." See more
Baby (and several other women in the film, actually) sports an obviously '80s "big hair" perm, something that wasn't in-vogue in 1963. Many women during that era went for straight-hair updos or the "Jackie O" bob look. See more
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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 ...
Love Is Strange
Written by Mickey Baker
(uncredited), Sylvia Robinson
(uncredited), and Ethel Smith
Performed by Mickey & Sylvia
Courtesy of Sugar Hill Records See more