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 ...
Amanda W, amended by Linda C.
First dance. First love. The time of your life.
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21 August 1987 (USA)
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Opening Weekend USA: $3,900,000,
23 August 1987, Wide Release
Gross USA: $622,968, 14 February 2019
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $170,000,000
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Relations between the two main stars varied throughout production. They had already had trouble getting along in their previous project, Red Dawn
(1984), and worked things out enough to have an extremely positive screen-test, but that initial cooperation soon faded, and they were soon "facing off" before every scene. There was concern among the production staff that the animosity between the two stars would endanger the filming of the love scenes. To address this, Eleanor Bergstein
and Emile Ardolino
forced the stars to re-watch their initial screen-tests, the ones with the "breathtaking" chemistry. This had the desired effect, and Patrick Swayze
and Jennifer Grey
were able to return to the film with renewed energy and enthusiasm. 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
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 ...
Be My Baby
Written by Jeff Barry
(uncredited), Ellie Greenwich
(uncredited), and Phil Spector
Performed by The Ronettes
Courtesy of Phil Spector International, Inc.
Produced by Phil Spector See more