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Dirty Dancing -- Spending the summer in a holiday camp with her family, Frances ('Baby') falls in love with the camp's dancing teacher.
Dirty Dancing -- Spending the summer in a holiday camp with her family, Frances ('Baby') falls in love with the camp's dancing teacher.
Dirty Dancing -- Clip: Log Bridge
Dirty Dancing -- Spending the summer in a holiday camp with her family, Frances ('Baby') falls in love with the camp's dancing teacher.
Dirty Dancing -- Spending the summer in a holiday camp with her family, Frances ('Baby') falls in love with the camp's dancing teacher.

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Director:
Writer:
Eleanor Bergstein (written by)
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Release Date:
21 August 1987 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Have the time of your life See more »
Plot:
Spending the summer in a holiday camp with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor Johnny Castle. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 12 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Dirty Dancing Coming to Broadway for it's 20th anniversary! See more (391 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jennifer Grey ... Baby Houseman

Patrick Swayze ... Johnny Castle

Jerry Orbach ... Jake Houseman

Cynthia Rhodes ... Penny Johnson

Jack Weston ... Max Kellerman

Jane Brucker ... Lisa Houseman

Kelly Bishop ... Marjorie Houseman

Lonny Price ... Neil Kellerman
Max Cantor ... Robbie Gould
Charles 'Honi' Coles ... Tito Suarez (as Charles Honi Coles)

Neal Jones ... Billy Kostecki
'Cousin Brucie' Morrow ... Magician

Wayne Knight ... Stan
Paula Trueman ... Mrs. Schumacher
Alvin Myerovich ... Mr. Schumacher
Miranda Garrison ... Vivian Pressman
Garry Goodrow ... Moe Pressman

Antone Pagan ... Staff Kid
Thomas Cannold ... Bus Boy (as Tom Cannold)
M.R. Fletcher ... Dirty Dancer
Jesus Fuentes ... Dirty Dancer

Heather Lea Gerdes ... Dirty Dancer
Karen Getz ... Dirty Dancer

Andrew Charles Koch ... Dirty Dancer
D.A. Pauley ... Dirty Dancer
Doriana Sanchez ... Dirty Dancer (as Dorian Sanchez)
Jennifer Stahl ... Dirty Dancer
Jonathan Barnes ... Tito's Band
Dwyght Bryan ... Tito's Band
Tom Drake ... Tito's Band
John Gotz ... Tito's Band
Dwayne Malphus ... Tito's Band
Clifford Watkins ... Tito's Band (as Dr. Clifford Watkins)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Emile Ardolino ... Cameo (uncredited)

Darren W. Conrad ... Dirty Dancer (uncredited)
Lori Janney ... Young Woman Walking Lake (uncredited)
Karen Kaster ... Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Emile Ardolino 
 
Writing credits
Eleanor Bergstein (written by)

Produced by
Doro Bachrach .... associate producer
Eleanor Bergstein .... co-producer
Mitchell Cannold .... executive producer
Linda Gottlieb .... producer
Steven Reuther .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
John Morris 
 
Cinematography by
Jeff Jur 
 
Film Editing by
Peter C. Frank 
 
Casting by
Bonnie Timmermann 
 
Production Design by
David Chapman 
 
Art Direction by
Mark Haack 
Stephen J. Lineweaver  (as Stephen Lineweaver)
 
Set Decoration by
Clay A. Griffith  (as Clay Griffith)
 
Costume Design by
Hilary Rosenfeld 
 
Makeup Department
Fríða Aradóttir .... hair stylist (as Frida Aradottir)
David Forrest .... makeup artist
Gilbert La Chapelle .... makeup artist (as Gilbert LaChapelle)
Marlies Vallant .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Eileen Eichenstein .... production supervisor
Tammy J. Green .... post-production supervisor
Jeffrey L. Hayes .... production manager (as Jeffrey Hayes)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herb Gains .... first assistant director
Nathalie Vadim .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
David H. Allen .... property master (as David Allen)
Kevin Lee Allen .... assistant art director (as Kevin Allen)
Tommy Allen .... assistant art director (as Tom Allen)
Bill Ballou .... construction coordinator
Jennifer Gilbert .... set dresser
Aryn Chapman .... art department production assistant (uncredited)
Wayne Shepherd .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Axtell .... sound recordist (as Doug Axtell)
George Baetz .... sound recordist
Michael DiCosimo .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Rick Dior .... sound re-recording mixer
John Pritchett .... sound mixer
Mark Rathaus .... sound editor
Dan Sable .... supervising sound editor
Ann Stein .... adr editor (as Anne Stein)
Douglas Axtell .... boom operator (uncredited)
Bob Olari .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Lynn Sable .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Mel Zelniker .... adr mixer (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Denise Amirante .... stunts
Bill Anagnos .... stunts
Norman Douglass .... stunts
Jim Lovelett .... stunt coordinator (as James Lovlett)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Barrett .... grip
Michael F. Barrow .... gaffer (as Michael Barrow)
Michael F. Barrow .... provider: lighting and grip equipment (as Michael Barrow)
Robert L. Blatman .... first assistant camera (as Rob Blatman)
Ted Churchill .... Steadicam operator
Adger W. Cowans .... special still photographer (as Adger Cowans)
Donne Daniels .... key grip
Ric Delgado .... electrician (as Richard Delgado)
Bill Flick .... grip (as William Flick)
Neil Holcomb .... grip
David Knox .... Steadicam operator
Kelly Elder McGowen .... second assistant camera (as Kelly McGowan)
John Merriman .... best boy
Randy Nolen .... Steadicam operator (as Randy Nolan)
Curtis Pepper .... electrician
Robert Spencer .... electrician
Peter Van Eynde .... dolly grip
Greg White-Wiegand .... generator operator
Quintin Woo .... electrician
Scott Zigler .... electrician
Edward Cohen .... electrician (uncredited)
Gábor Kövér .... Steadicam assistant (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Jeff Block .... casting assistant (as Jeffrey Block)
David Cady .... casting assistant
Isabelle Kramer .... extras casting (as Isabelle Cramer)
Sabrina Padwa .... extras casting
Greg Smith .... dance casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mark Burchard .... wardrobe
Lisa Grace Erndt .... wardrobe (as Lisa G. Erndt)
Elizabeth Feldbauer .... wardrobe
Claudia Stephens .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Guy Barresi .... assistant editor
Girish Bhargava .... editor: additional dance editing
Farrel Levy .... associate editor (as Farrel Levy Duffy)
Andrew Marcus .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Joseph S. DeBeasi .... music editor
Danny Goldberg .... music supervisor
Michael Lloyd .... music supervisor
'Cousin Brucie' Morrow .... period music consultant
Roger Rhodes .... scoring engineer
Jimmy Ienner .... music supervisor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Tutt Esquerre .... provider: picture cars
Jerry Jackson .... transportation coordinator (as Jerry W. Jackson)
David Milchen .... transportation captain (as Dave Milchen)
 
Other crew
Marilyn Bailey .... script supervisor
Steven Baker .... caterer
Keith Bunting .... production assistant
Russell Burrell .... production assistant
Dean Byrd .... location coordinator
Parnes Cartwright .... set production assistant
Jacob F. Conrad .... location manager (as Jacob Conrad)
Julia Cort .... set production assistant
Jeff Fender .... production assistant
Adam Lee Freeman .... production assistant (as Adam Freeman)
Michael Gallagher .... production assistant
Miranda Garrison .... assistant choreographer
Sam Goldrich .... financial consultant
Alan Grabelsky .... production executive
Tony Hardmon .... production assistant
Jim Helein .... production assistant
George Howell .... production assistant
Melania Kang .... caterer
Alice Katz .... set production assistant
Christine M. Kiolbassa .... location secretary (as Christine Kiolbassa)
Lisa Manshel .... assistant to producers
Marina Marit .... production assistant (as Marina Merit)
John Marston .... production assistant (as John Marston)
Heather McGrath .... production assistant
Scott Mednick .... logo designer
Eric Milchen .... craft service
Chris Northup .... production assistant
Kenny Ortega .... choreographer
Susan Pickett .... set production assistant
Brian Robertson .... production assistant
Dana Robin .... location coordinator
Eric P. Steckler .... assistant auditor (as Eric Steckler)
Jonathan Wolf .... production auditor (as Jonathan D. Wolf)
Dori Berinstein .... production executive (uncredited)
Bundy Chanock .... set medic (uncredited)
John Marston .... location projectionist (uncredited)
Chris Northup .... assistant to director (uncredited)
Jerry Whittington .... key location scout (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Michael Goldman .... special thanks
Jackie Horner .... special thanks
Jimmy Ienner .... special thanks
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
USA:100 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
DTS (re-release) | Dolby Digital (re-release) | Dolby (original release) | SDDS (re-release)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Belgium:KT (original rating) | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-10/7 | France:U | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Iceland:L | Ireland:12A | Norway:12 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 (2007) | South Korea:18 (1988) | Sweden:7 | UK:15 (original rating) | UK:12A (re-rating) (2004) | USA:PG-13 (Approved No. 28371) | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the last dance scene, when Johnny jumps off the stage and goes to the back of the auditorium to get the other "dirty dancers" his hair is alternately wet/dry between shots.See more »
Quotes:
[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 summer we went to Kellerman's.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Oscars (2015) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
WaltzSee more »

FAQ

What happens after the movie?
What is dirty dancing?
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41 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
Dirty Dancing Coming to Broadway for it's 20th anniversary!, 24 June 2004
Author: (sylviastel@aol.com) from United States

There was talk on the E! Hollywood Special about the Making of Dirty Dancing which still is considered by many women including a dear friend of mine in her fifties to be one of her favorite all time movies. Maybe the music, the dancing, or the melodrama around the plot of Baby Frances becoming a dancing sensation with Johnny Castle. Of course, this film established Jennifer Grey whose biggest role to date was the resentful sister in Ferris Beuller's Day Off. Patrick Swayze is perfectly cast as the heart throb leading man who sweeps baby away literally. Dirty Dancing has it all to become a Broadway or West End smash hit. It has the love story, the music, and most of all lots of dancing. Jennifer and Patrick could revive their roles easily. it is nice to see Jerry Orbach play a doctor instead of a police officer and Kelly Bishop as the mother. It all took place in the Catskills in the sixties where many Jewish families vacationed in the area during their summer vacations. At the end of the film, it is sad to see the hotel owner, Kellerman, be baffled by the next generation. It happened anyway! Most people prefer cruises and traveling through Europe than spending the summer in the Catskills. Those old grand hotels are becoming Indian gaming casinos. Let Broadway bring Dirty Dancing alive and well. After all, they could do it for Footloose and Saturday Night Fever, this should be a no brainer! I know that this film is one of the favorites that you don't get tired of after watching 800 times. There are people that have probably seen this film-a 1,000 times by now. Somehow watching the making and the story behind Dirty Dancing made me long for my childhood days as a thirteen year old. Dirty Dancing may not be the greatest film ever made in the history but its universal appeal still draws crowds and repeated watchers like the 800 club whose members have watched it so many times. I watch it fondly now with all the awkwardness of Baby's first days and her first true love with Patrick Swayze as heart throb, Johnny Castle. Nobody could have imagined this little film as a big hit then with the sixties music, two soundtracks, and even a tour in the late eighties. I hope they bring it to Broadway in a musical. It would work for the audience to be part of a film. No wonder it still attracts kids and even adults particularly women of all ages to watch it over and over again. Well, Australia and London both have had productions of Dirty Dancing. It looks like it will come to Broadway in 2007 just in time for it's 20th anniversary.

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