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 ...
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Have 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: $63,954,274, 31 December 1997
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $170,000,000
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?
According to a December 2008 interview with 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 twenty-two-years-old, and her real first name was the same as a famous woman with strong ties to the Franklin D. Roosevelt
administration (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
Before the final show/dance, Baby is sitting on her bed getting ready. She is wearing a no-seam bra (not available at the time) and rolling up stockings before putting them on when her sister comes in. When Baby is at the party/final dance, she is wearing a backless dress (no bra) and when dancing, she is wearing pantyhose instead of the stockings (and necessary garter-belt) that she was preparing earlier. 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