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.
Have the time of your life
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21 August 1987 (USA)
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Opening Weekend: $162,378
(22 August 1997)
(12 September 1997)
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?
The dancing that Patrick Swayze
and Jennifer Grey
do during the love scene was actually the same dance that they did for the screen tests. It was not originally supposed to be in the film. See more
When Baby and Johnny are driving to the lodge, you see their
silhouettes in the car, but not their faces. It's obviously a stunt double wearing a very bad big wig. 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 ...
You Don't Own Me
Written by John Madara
(uncredited) and Dave White
Performed by The Blow Monkeys
Produced by Peter Wilson and Doctor Robert
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