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
Gross USA: $64,577,242
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $217,688,008
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?
When Johnny (Patrick Swayze
) is dancing with Penny (Cynthia Rhodes
), she is wearing a custom-made red dress that crisscrossed in the back. Swayze kept getting his fingers stuck. See more
Baby's weight fluctuates from scene to scene. This is especially noticeable when she is practicing her dance routine up a flight of stairs. She is very thin. But when she performs at the Sheldrake, and right after, she is noticeably heavier. 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 ...
Referenced in Oscar's Greatest Moments
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