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Until a few weeks ago I had never seen Dirty Dancing. My mum was always telling me I should watch it but I hadn''''t as it was made in 87 making it older than me and I prefer modern films. The other week I went to see the stage musical in Southampton still not having seen the film and was honestly very confused to which my mum said, I told you so, you should have watched the film. Mum was right again, the day after we returned I watched the film and loved it, (I have now learnt my lesson and as instructed by mum will be watching The Bodyguard on DVD before going to see that on stage in August!!)
I am sure most people will know the plot already and I am the one who is late waiting until I am 20 to watch the film, but regardless, the film is about a seventeen year old known as Baby who goes on holiday with her family and ends up learning to dance with Johnny who she ends up falling in love with.
I really liked the story lines in the film and like how they are very believable and the characters are relatable. The characters are portrayed really well and I think it is good to see how the summer holiday has changed Baby and Johnny for the better.
I think the film has great music and I really like Hungry Eyes and Yes. I am not a big fan of dance films but I thought this one was done very well and although it is very much based on dance it is not overly full of dance. I think that is why I like it so much, it has a good balance of dance and drama.
My favourite part of the film is anything past the Kellerman''''s Anthem as I quite like that song and obviously (I''''ve had) the Time of My Life is the best song in the film for all reasons, it is great to see Baby and Johnny happy together, a fantastic tune and brilliant dancing. I think it is a great end to the film, (I believe I have watched the last ten minutes of the film more than I have watched the film itself!)
I really love this film and have watched it quite a few times in the last few weeks. I think it has become a favourite of mine and is definitely worth a watch if like me you were unsure.
Dirty Dancing is the must have DVD for any girl! If you're woman or man and haven't watched this DVD yet, I recommend that you go out and buy it right now! I am being a little bias as this is my favourite film so allow me to explain a little about why I love the film.
The Main actor and actress
Patrick Swayze - Patrick Swayze plays the character or seductive dance teacher Johnny Castle. You'll probably know of Patrick Swayze from various popular films such as Point Break, Ghost and Donnie Darko, if you haven't heard of him, where have you been?
Jennifer Grey- Perhaps not so well known you may know of Jennifer Grey from films such as Red Dawn and Bounce, but chances are if you haven't watched this particular film, you are not yet a fan of her amazing acting skills. Jennifer plays the character of a young woman called Frances Houseman or 'Baby' as everyone refers to her as.
The Plot of the Film
While on at the holiday camp that Johnny works at, Jennifer starts to fall in love with him. The story follows the disapproval, dysfunction and problems which occur in her life during her short time at the camp, as a result of getting involved with the dance tutor Johnny.
Why I love the film
I actually don't know why I love the film so much, I'm not usually into 'dance' films but this one is different. Not just a dance film, not just a love story this film is so much more. My favourite part of the film is "I carried a watermelon" , I'll not give the film away too much so all I can really say about that scene is that it shouldn't seem that funny but it is. The watermelon scene, along with other small but sweet scenes add a comical element to the film and although I wouldn't say it's a laugh out loud type film it does make you giggle to yourself at times.
When I was younger I remember my Mum having a crush on Tom Cruise and Patrick Swayze and so as such Cocktail and Dirty Dancing were her firm favourites and I would watch them with her. Dirty Dancing is absolutely one of my all time favourite films now and I still think it is as good and relevant as it was when it was released. This is my review of the film which was released in 1987.
Set in 1963 it tells us the story of a young and somewhat innocent Frances "Baby" Houseman who is absolutely a Daddy's girl and sees the world in black and white as she falls in love with Johnny Castle a dancer, entertainer and some would say bad boy on her holiday at Kellermans. The story unfolds and there is plenty of good moments and bad moments for the couple and their families within it but most of all I think it challenges us to look at how we view people, how we treat them based on this view and how really nothing is ever really black and white. Ultimately Dirty Dancing is a love story and as I said earlier I think it still touches hearts some twenty six years after it was released! This for me is the sign of a classic film which will never become old and it is the reason that I love it so much.
When the film started I have to say I found it very hard to like Baby, who is played by Jennifer Grey. There was something a bit too sickly sweet about her and the way that she felt that everything was just simple in life. She is young though, and she has ideals I suppose which her Father has had a great deal of input in to and ultimately she sees no reason why she would ever need to let her Daddy down. This is before she meets Johnny though. Johnny, played by the late Patrick Swazye, is sexy and a bit of rough I suppose. He hasn't had an easy life. He has had to work hard to survive and his attitude reflects that. Although he is percieved as a bit of a bad boy as the film goes on I think you see a vulnerable side to Johnny which just makes him seem all the more attractive to be honest. At first the relationship between Baby and Johnny is nothing. I think Baby falls for him pretty much the first instance she sees him but for Johnny she is young and idealistic. When she helps him and his ex Penny out of an awful situation though Johnny starts to feel something back and it is lovely seeing their relationship develop as it is certainly Baby's first love. I think that both the actors are perfect in their roles and it is hard to imagine anyone else playing them now to be honest. I actually saw the stage show of the film in London a good few years ago and although it was cast really well I couldn't quite get my head around it not being THE Baby and Johnny.
There are other characters in this film despite the main focus being on Johnny and Baby and I think some are worth mentioning more than others. Baby's Father for example is a character that I find it very hard to like. I don't like the way he judges people so quickly and how he thinks because he is a doctor that he knows best all the time. I did like however how he is forced to eat his words and admit he is wrong at the end of the film and it is then that he redeems himself a little for me. Baby's sister Lisa is another character which grates on me because she is so up herself! These characters are obviously played very well by the actors though. Many characters just have a bit part in this film with it being primarily concerned with Baby and Johnny but I have to say that many of the dance extras are so talented.
Now this film is called Dirty Dancing and as such you are obviously going to know there is plenty of dancing in the film. Johnny is a dance teacher at Kellermans and has to teach the traditional kinds of dancing that the owner feels are appropriate. What he doesn't realise is that times are changing, people want more, and it is in the staff quarters that the real dancing takes place after hours. I LOVE the dance scenes in this film but I also love the soundtrack that goes with it. I don't think there is a single song in the film that I don't really like but there are obviously some parts I love more than others. I adore the scene where Baby goes to Johnny's cabin and then dance to cry to me by Solomon Burke. I think it is such a sexy scene which builds up through the slow intimate dancing as opposed to the couple just jumping on one another. You can't talk about Dirty Dancing though without mentioning the final dance where Baby and Johnny dance on the main stage to I've had the time of my life. I think the moment where Johnny lifts Baby over his head is iconic and no doubt has been replicated many times over! I know my sister has been lifted in this way many times in drunken states!
The way that this film comes together is just great as far as I am concerned. I like the way that there is good solid acting within the film and how this is enhanced by wonderful dance scenes too. I think this is the reason why the film just doesn't get old for me. I can watch it over and over again and still be moved by certain points in the film. There are two parts for me in particular which are pretty iconic and the first is when Johnny comes back to Kellermans to do the final dance, his way, which he has been banned from doing and he states "nobody puts baby in a corner" when he finds her closed in at her parents table! I suspect if you were to ask someone for a Dirty Dancing quote it would be this one or perhaps "I carried a watermelon"! The other key part for me though is when Baby goes to Johnny's room after her Father has helped Johnny's ex Penny but who has been very rude to Johnny as well. She loves Johnny, she is scared about losing him and says "most of all I'm scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I'm with you" and this just for me is the moment that things come together for them. When Baby becomes a woman I suppose. The fact there are iconic scenes like this though just mean that it is a wonderful well made film which appeals to different generations because people can relate to the love story or at least wish they were part of that love story.
The film runs for about 105 minutes and carries a 12 rating which I think is about right. I know my friends eight year old watched it recently and is obsessed with the music but it was a TV edit which was shown around tea time and so the most unsuitable bits were cut out of it. The DVD can be bought on amazon for less than five pounds and I personally think it is one of those films that should be in everyones collections! Absolutely recommended!
Thank you for reading my review!
I can count on the fingers of one hand films that I can enjoy watching again and again. Dirty Dancing is one of them.
Initially the film was not that well received, but it has grown in stature and status and has become a 1980's classic. In fact it was once it went on sale on video (remember them?) that it really gained in status.
Premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 1987 Dirty Dancing was released in the UK in October 1987 and starred dancer turned actor Patrick Swayze and well cast Jennifer Grey. The 1987 original film is 97 minutes long and was given a 15 rating in the UK due to the content of sex, mainly suggested, swearing and violence.
After the shaky start the $6m film has gone on to accrue over $200 million and has spurned many spin offs to further line the executive's pockets. Examples include a 2013 remake, stage shows, dance fitness DVD's and merchandising.
The main cast members comprise of:
Classically trained Patrick Swayze, son of dance teacher and choreographer Patsey Swayze, originally gave up his promising dance career to pursue a career in acting due to a knee problem. He initially turned down the Dirty Dancing role and was persuaded to take the part only when no other suitable actor/dancer could be found. I believe he was perfect for the role, showing his excellent dance talent and showing a vulnerability at times in the tough boy character that a lesser actor could not have pulled off. After many small and supporting roles, Swayze really came to the public's attention from his role in the epic North and South.
Swayze starred in several quality and iconic movies after Dirty Dancing such as Ghost; Black Dog and Point Break. Swayze developed a strong spiritual awareness and studied world religions and spirituality. He had a beautiful ranch where he bred and trained lovely Arabian horses, before he was taken from us prematurely losing his fight against pancreatic cancer in September 2009.
Jenifer Grey studied dance and acting in Manhattan and is the daughter of actor/musician Jo Wilder and actor Joel Grey. Dirty Dancing should have been the film to really bring Grey to the forefront, however, problems with nasal surgery and her delicate mental health meant that it was really her only iconic role. She was nominated for a Golden Globe Best Actress Award for her role in Dirty Dancing. In 1999 Grey tried to revive her career by playing herself in a sitcom that satirised her surgery. That was followed by becoming a contestant in the American show Dancing with the Stars, which she won. Grey continues to have small movie and TV appearances.
Cynthia Rhodes played the part of Penny, Swayze's character Johnney's dance partner and there was obviously history between the two characters. Rhodes also played roles in the fantasy musical Xanado, as well as in Flashdance and Staying Alive. She retired from dancing to become a full time mum. Incidentally Swayze and Rhodes danced together before, most notably on the music video of Toto's Rosanna.
For those among you who don't already know the plot of what has become an iconic 1980's movie, (why have I changed from the Brit "film" to American "Movie"? I don't know! Will I leave it like this or edit it out? I don't know? Maybe it is more entertaining like this? More conversational?!) Answers on a postcard......
Oops, I digress, basically in a nutshell Frances Houseman the role played by Grey and known as "Baby" went on holiday to an upmarket holiday camp with her parents and older sister (hence the nickname Baby). The year is 1963 and Rock 'n Roll is still not considered respectable. Her dad is a doctor and it appears they are staying at the camp as guests of the owner, whom her dad Dr Houseman has treated. The Houseman's are portrayed as a typical, respectable Jewish family of the era.
Baby's older sister Lisa soon links up with smarmy law student waiter Robbie, leaving Baby to find her own way, which she is happy to do. The family try to match make Baby with the owners son Neil, but there is no chemistry. Baby is, however drawn inexplicitly to dancer Johnny, but she thinks he is in a relationship with Penny.
To keep things simple and not give too much away, Baby bumps into Johnny's cousin and helps him carry watermelons up to the staff accommodation where she is not supposed to go, this gets her into the staff late night party and to borrow the title of one of the hits from the film she has the time of her life. A whole new world is opened up to the naive Baby. The staff are dancing; dancing Latin moves of explicit sexuality that it is breathtaking and naturally the leaders in this dance orgy are dancing instructors Penny and Johnny. Johnny is a bit unkind to her; however, this only strengthens her crush on him.
The subjects of pregnancy, betrayal, prejudice, tested trust and loyalties are all covered in this film, with such sensitivity that they barely detract from the meat of the tale that is the love story.
I liked this film the first time I saw it, I loved it the second time and as mentioned at the top of this review it is one of only a handful that I can watch again and again and never, ever tire of. I frequently watch clips of the poignant moments and dance scenes on-line and get caught up in the romance of it.
The soundtrack features twenty great tracks and they are:
"Be My Baby" - The Ronettes
"Big Girls Don't Cry" - Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
"Where Are You Tonight?" - Tom Johnston
Do You Love Me" - The Contours
"Love Man" - Otis Redding
"Stay" - Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs
"Hungry Eyes" - Eric Carmen
"Overload" - Zappacosta
"Hey! Baby" - Bruce Channel
"De Todo Un Poco" - Melon
"Some Kind of Wonderful" - The Drifters
"These Arms Of Mine" - Otis Redding
"Cry to Me" - Solomon Burke
"Will You Love Me Tomorrow" - The Shirelles
"Love Is Strange" - Mickey & Sylvia
"You Don't Own Me" - The Blow Monkeys
"Yes" - Merry Clayton
"In the Still of the Night" - The Five Satins
"She's Like the Wind" - Patrick Swayze
"(I've Had) The Time of My Life" - Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
The sad thing about this film/movie is that it has to end. The ending is an open ending which left the door wide open for a follow-up, alas that was never to be, it would have been so lovely to learn of the lives of Baby and Johnny after the summer of '63.
As mentioned Swayze was perfectly cast as Johnny, not only for his dancing ability, but he proved his acting ability too. The brooding Johnny is far removed from Swayze's own character and the romantic scenes with Grey were stunningly believable, especially as the two leads really did not get on.
Grey too was a perfect choice as Baby, she brought great naivety to the role and acted the budding wall flower role with ease and sensitivity. At times, by watching the film a few times, you can spot that at times her mask slips, the real-life cracks between her and Swayze show. In fact the only thing missing is the lack of genuine charisma between the two leads - but on the whole professionalism wins through and they hide it very well, being utterly convincing most of the time.
It is a typical film of its genre, right down to "bad boy" Johnny being dressed in black and dark colours and the "nice girl" Frances/Baby wearing a lot of white and pastel.
Screenwriter: Eleanor Bergstein (it is believed to be partly autobiographical - but I don't know about that).
Directed by Emile Ardolino
Frequently available to hire or to buy from Amazon or eBay on-line and many supermarkets and high street stores. As this is now an old film it can sometimes be found new in the £5 and under bin or used on Amazon and eBay from just 99p.
Who is it for?
Well it's not just for girls, but it is great for a girly night in, a night in on your own or a romantic couples evening. There is a good deal of social observation and history here as well as psychological angst. Superficially that's what it is a superficial movie, but dig a little deeper and there is so much more here, making it ideal for A level and first year university students as well as anybody who enjoys a movie that makes them think. It is one of life's must see movies (at least once).
I remember this film from when I was a little girl and my Mam watched it and she rewound it 7 times to "nobody puts baby in the corner" I remembered the film ever since and then after watching it on TV in my teenage years it became a firm favourite of mine. I remember when I was younger using my Barbie and Ken dolls and trying to make them do the dance moves.
Dirty Dancing is set on a holiday camp in 1987 and Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey play the lead roles of Baby and Johnny. The film originally had a very low budget and they didn't cast any stars apparently so I presume Patrick Swayze wasn't well know until after the film.
Baby goes on holiday to a holiday camp with her older sister and her parents, she is the apple of her Fathers eye and she does everything she can to please him although that soon changes. Baby discovers a secret dance group on the site after she meets Johnny's cousin and carries a watermelon to help him which is where the famous line from the film comes in "I carried a watermelon"
In the secret dance group who like to "dirt dance" Baby meets Johnny and his dance partner Penny, she ends up having a dance with Johnny and really likes him. Further through the film she finds out that Penny needs to have an abortion but she can only get booked in the same night as her and Johnny perform at another site which she cannot miss and Baby ends up agreeing to learn the dance and fill in for Penny.
Baby begins to fall in love in Johnny which I will admit is pretty predictable and when they return from the show they are really happy until they find that Penny's abortion has gone wrong, Baby runs for her Father who is a doctor and he is disgraced by the people she has been hanging around with. Needless to say a very upset Baby ends up in Johnny's bed that night.
The film continues through Johnny and Baby trying to hide their romance but when Johnny is accused of something he hasn't one Baby steps forward and admits to being with him jeopardising her relationship with her Father and Johnny's job. I'll let you watch the film to find out how it ends but it does have a happy ending and the famous song and dance with "I've Had the Time of My Life" and of course the very famous line of "Nobody Puts Baby in The Corner"
I think this film is brilliant, fair to say the filming is nothing to the quality you get from modern day films and there isn't a special effect in sight. This is a really basic film but has a lovely storyline and some twists and turns along the way.
I love the music from the film and have the soundtrack too, my husband even picked me up and swung me around to "I've Had the Time of My Life" on our wedding day.
Fantastic film, great acting and wonderful songs and of course the sight of a young Patrick Swayze helps, 5 star film from me.
What is there not to love about this film?!? It has to be the best and most memorable dance film of all time. It came out in the late eighties but the film is set in the 1960's in America. The film is centred around a holiday camp where Patrick Swayze plays a dance teacher called Johnny. Jennifer Grey plays the role of an innocent girl called Baby on holiday with her family. What ensues is a love story between the 2 characters - an unlikely meeting of minds but the chemistry between the characters is undeniable. Throughout the film different themes are explored such as abortion, losing virginity and theft but these dark ish themes are offset against the sheer joy at watching the love develop between Johnny and Baby.
If you enjoy watching dancing then you will love the dancing scenes in this film. There are a couple of memorable scenes whereby the young population of the holiday camp engage in what can only be described as 'dirty dancing' and the final dance scene is one not to be missed. It will give you goosebumps. The acting is also of a high quality and there is some great music throughout, songs such as 'She's like the wind' and 'Hungry Eyes'
This film could be bought in stores such as HMV but it's probably best to get it on Amazon for around £7-£8.
"God wouldn't have given you maracas, if he didn't want you to shake em!"
Yes this is an ingenious quote from the brilliant 1987 drama/romance flick Dirty Dancing. Unfortunately it was slightly overshadowed by the world famous saying, "nobody puts Baby in the corner,' Which later went on to become a very popular t-shirt slogan.
Patrick Swayze. Ah Patrick, he played the brooding and mysterious Johnny Castle. Probably the first ever crush for millions of girls. He was the perfect man. A macho guy that could punch someones lights out and then dance the samba with you minutes later. Whats not to love? It also helped with the fact that he was a broad shouldered, tanned adonis of a man.
Now a cynic would say that not the prettiest girl in the world a.k.a Baby (Jennifer Gray) went to a summer camp with her family one year and shacked up with a glorified Pontins bluecoat, but oh no Dirty Dancing was, and still is so much more than that.
Dirty Dancing has everything you could wish for in a film- romance, drama, dance and a DIY abortion gone wrong (ok maybe you didn't wish for the last one.) First theres the relatable family, a quiet caring dad, the bitchy sister and the uppity mother all going away together on a lovely summer camp trip. Baby's at that age where she totally doesn't want to be there and you feel her pain.
Dirty Dancing is a coming of age story of Baby going to the summer a camp as a girl and leaving a woman. It all starts when she crosses over that bridge with the gamekeeper and enters the basement and unknown world of sensual dancing and sexy grinding from the restaurant staff. She faces trials and tribulations in terms of learning Penny's dance routines after the weird abortion scene. She performs at the Sheldrake with Johnny, alas she had a few hiccups in the routine, but that made her all the more endearing.
Which leads to the most famous scene of them all. Baby and Johnny's performance in front of her parents and the audience at the summer camp. Johnny comes to rescue her with 'nobody puts baby in the corner,' and then goes on to do the best dance sequence ever, which climaxes with the ever famous lift, during the high not of 'i've had the time of my life.' It's what dreams are made of. Johnny holds little Baby up into the air like the hero she is. You almost want to get up an do a round of applause when the life is achieved.
All the while she and the audience can't believe that a stud like Johnny Castle would ever look twice at beaky nosed Baby, thus giving women everywhere hope that when they go to Butlins a dancing Johnny Castle will be there waiting for them with open arms.
Dirty Dancing facts:
Dirty Dancing was originally a low budget film, which has now managed to gross over 300 million worldwide. KERRCHING!
Dirty had a cast with no major stars. Now we love them dearly. Apart from Baby after she had that nose job.
Dirty Dancing was the first film to sell over a million copies on VHS.
Dirty Dancing's soundtrack 'I've had the time of my life,' won a golden globe and an academy award.
Simply put, there is no better 'chick flick' out there. The songs, the characters, the story. They lend themselves to a night on the sofa with some combination of wine, chocolate and ice cream, and a female friend or three.
It's one of those films that you can watch time and time again - I watched for the first time when I was about thirteen, and I was hooked. I've watched it so many times that I can quote/sing a good 70% of the film, which I think is a review enough of how excellent it is. Which girl hasn't dreamt about being taught to dance by Patrick Swayzee?
I think possibly with the rise of shows such as Strictly Come Dancing, the film becomes even more relevant, and given that there are many anniversary issues released, it really has seemed to span generations. There's no other word for it than timeless - a good sing along and an utterly heartwarming story. It never fails to make me smile after a bad day or when I'm feeling ill, so I can recommend it 100%.
Do you want the time of your life? on holiday? or dancing away to new York's hottest boys? Well in this film you will! One of Patrick Swayze's best well known films and both a career bump for Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey!
The summer of 1963 - Frances 'baby' Houseman goes on holiday with her family in New York Catskill Mountains. She then introduced into dancing and the guy who does that is one of the hottest, Johnny Castle. However there are rules for teaching the girls how to dance : no funny business, no conversations and keep your hands off! As the daughters pay to learn! Baby and Johnny get close when Johnny teaches Baby to dance as Johnny's original dance partner falls ill, however Baby gets more jealous later when he is seen with her, her name is Penny. But will Penny win her place back? Is Baby's holiday all ruined by a slight jealously? Find out in this film which is full of dancing and yes, i promise you, you will have the time of your life.
Frances 'Baby' Houseman : Jennifer Grey
Johnny Castle : Patrick Swayze
Dr Jake Houseman : Jerry Orbach
Penny Rhodes : Penny Johnson
Max Kellerman : Jack Weston
Lisa Houseman : Jane Brucker
Majorie Houseman : Kelly Bishop
certificate : 15
director : Emile Ardino
run time : 100 minutes
This film is just amazing! I love this! There is a stage version of this show but I've never seen that - I hope to one day! But you need to watch this film so that you will have the time of your life!
Dirty Dancing, well what can be said about this film if you havent watched it you are definatly missing out and need to buy yourself a copy today!
Set in the 1960's the story finds "Baby" and her well educated family taking their summer vacation to Kellermans, a resort set in the Catskill Mountains. Baby takes no interest in the resort activites and finds herself stumbling upon the staff quarters, and seeing a whole new life and a brand new activity she wants to take part in....Dirty Dancing. Johnny the resident dance teacher, takes it upon himself to to try and teach Baby how to dance and learn some rhythm.
Johnny's dance partner is forced to pull out of a dance show due to pregnancy and so she suggests that Baby learns the dance routine and takes her place. The story then progresses with Johnny teaching Baby the dances and the love between them blossoms.
However as with any love story of course there is always somebody trying to get in the way, and this leads to one of the best dance routines ever at the end of the movie, with the whole of the cast basically having the time of their life!
I dont want to give to much away because it really is worth watching the film. This is definitely a film I would recommend and for Patrick Swayze fans, his dancing ability is totally amazing in the film!
The soundtrack which accompanies this film is wicked, and it really does get you up and dancing, and even singing after a few drinks!!!
The film is so cheap to buy now, its really not one to miss. You can probably get this online for about £3.00 or even in Asda.
Definatly go out and buy this film, you will not be disapointed
Dirty Dancing is an excellent chick flick that i have watched over and over, i actually had to get it on dvd as i wore the vhs version out the film is set around a holiday around Frances "Baby" Houseman (Jennifer Grey) who is vacationing in the Catskills with her family one summer, and falls head over heels in love with a dance instructor Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze). Baby is a pampered daddy's girl or has everything she asks for, apart from that is Johnny as in her daddies eye he is a bit of a jack the lad and he doesn't approve of the relationship so she is forced to keep it a secret. This summer she grows up quickly as Johnny shows her more about love and life than she thought possible.
My favourite part is the final dance with the classic line "no body puts baby in the corner" this is where Johnny takes "baby" onto the stage and shows everyone there what dirty dancing is all about. The chemistry between the 2 is brilliant and you really believe they are in love.
I would recommend this film as it is an excellent film and is up their with the golden oldies.
This is one of those films that stands the test of time even tho it is now over 20 years old it is still as good as ever.
It tells the story of Frances (baby) Houseman who is 17 and everyone still calls baby.
Frances arrives at the holiday camp with her family thinking her father who is a doctor is the most important man in the world then she sees the dance people and Johnny in particular and they open her eyes to their world. Babies sister starts dating Robbie the waiter who is studying to be a doctor but Baby discovers Penny Johnnys dance partner crying she is pregnant with Robbies baby but he doesnt want to know and she has to get an illegal abortion but hasn't the money so baby borrows it from her father but in order to have the abortion Johnny has to teach baby to dance so that she can cover for Penny . This is a wonderful film that you never tire of
Dirty Dancing is the ultimate feel good film. If you enjoy watching chick flicks then I would say this is probably the best film you could choose as it has everything a chick flick needs: dancing, romance and a half naked Patrick Swayze.
Francis (baby) is taken to a holiday camp with her family for some rest and relaxation. Baby is 17 and until this holiday believes the only man in her life will always be her father. However she soon realises there is one more man she wants, more than anything, to be in her life and rest and relaxation is the least of her priorities. After watching "the entertainment staff" dance away from the public's eyes she is amazed at how they perform and sees herself in the limelight. Soon enough she finds herself performing, although with never having dancing experience before, in front of a live audience and that there are many scoundrels amongst the upper class of the holiday camp.
I would highly recommend this film as it's an enjoyable film from start to finish and you soon find yourself singing along due to an excellent soundtrack. The dances will have you astounded throughout and the romance within just adds to the enjoyment. Even a possible tear-jerking ending will have you wanting to watch it again and again.
My sister first recommended this film to me and at the time I didn't really enjoy chick flicks however I was more than pleasantly surprised with dirty dancing.
Even though this is an old film I would highly recommend it to anyone seeking a chick, I believe it's perfect for those Saturday nights in on the sofa.
Everybody, and I mean everybody, should watch this film, it is a modern classic and is just great.
I first watched it when I was about 14 and loved it straight away. By now I think I have probably watched it over 100 times and never get bored with classic lines likes 'nobody puts baby in the corner'.
Patrick Swayze is fantastic and plays the part really well. I think Jennifer Grey (who I've never seen in anything else) is well cast as baby because you would expect the part to be played by someone better known perhaps. She fits the part because she is quite plain and as the film progresses, becomes more and more glam and confident.
This is a total chick flick but I have never actually met anyone who doesn't like it, although that would mainly be girls!
In a nutshell - The plot is simple. Baby visits a holiday camp with her family and is bored from the very beggining. She soon becomes involved with the staff and ends up helping by learning to dance for a special show, as the usual girl can't work that night. That one night changes her and gives her confidence. She spends alot of time with Johnny (Swayze) and they start to fall for each other. They continue to dance together and everything is going well for the pair who are falling in love. As usual, all is not that simple and Baby's father doesn't approve of Johnny and Baby being together and tries to stop it.
I wont spoil the ending in case you haven't seen it yet (unlikely, but you never know).
I suppose if you really wanted to be critical you could say that Dirty dancing is very corny, but I think that most of these type of films are. It is a great film with lot's of music that makes you feel like you want to dance.
I guarantee that after you watch it you'll be singing hungry eyes or time of my life.
Made in 1987
Running Time 100 mins
Director:- Emile Ardolino
Cast:- Patrick Swayze (Johnny Castle)
Jennifer Grey (Baby Houseman)
Jerry Orbach (Mr Jake Houseman)
Cynthia Rhodes (Penny Johnson)
Jane Brucker (Lisa Houseman)
Neal Jones (Billy Koslecki)
Dirty Dancing in my opinion is one of the best chick flicks ever made a Patrick Swayze Classic and I cannot think how many times I have seen it but it's a lot.
The film begins in the summer of 1963 with a family driving to a summer resort for their vacation; the resort is called 'Kellermans'.
One of the main characters in the film is 'Baby' a 17 year old girl from a Jewish family who is about to go off to college but has one last vacation with her family before she goes. Baby's father Mr Jake Houseman is the personal physician of Max Kellerman the owner of the 'Kellerman Resort' who has invited them all to stay.
The resort is your typical family holiday place with family games, couples playing golf etc and they also hold dance lessons for the guests. Whilst having lunch one day with Max Kellerman the Houseman's are introduced to Johnny Castle the resorts dance teacher, and Baby soon develops a crush!
One evening as Baby is taking a walk she hears music coming from somewhere, she finds where it is coming from and runs into Billy, Johnny's cousin who escorts her to what Baby discovers is a staff after hour's party. When she walks in she finds all the staff that work at Kellermans 'Dirty Dancing' on the dance floor this intrigues Baby and she starts to watch the way they move. Whilst she is watching the dancing Johnny walks in with his dance partner Penny Johnson and they begin to dance too. When Johnny sees Baby he decides to give her a quick dance lesson which Baby is sceptical about but by the end of the song she finds she actually had fun.
As the film goes on Baby discovers Penny is pregnant by the same waiter her sister has been seeing since they arrived at Kellermans. Penny wants to have an abortion but she cannot afford to pay the doctor to do it, this gives Baby the idea to go to her father for the money. Her father gives Baby the money but Baby won't tell him why, her father trusts her enough and asks no more question. When Baby gives the money to Penny she is grateful but Penny tells her she cannot go as the appointment with the doctor clashes with a show she is supposed to be doing with Johnny and because the show is a regular thing if they cancel they will loose it. Baby suggests that she could do the show in place of Penny, they are a little unsure about this at first but decide there is no other option. The next few days are spent showing Baby the routine with a few ups and downs but she eventually gets it. The night is a success apart from Baby cannot do the final lift, but this goes unnoticed by the audience, and Baby and Johnny leave feeling happy and on the drive back to the resort their relationship starts to develop into something more than dance partners, this is until they arrive back at the resort where they are met by Billy who explains that Penny's abortion was a botch job and she is now in serious pain, they both rush up to where Penny is and Baby decides she needs to get her father to help as he is a doctor. When her father arrives and sees the state Penny is in he assumes Johnny was the father of the baby and blames him for the state Penny is in. After Mr Houseman deals with Penny he tells Baby that he is angry that she lied to him and that she is to have no more to do with Johnny again. Baby is upset by this as she really likes Johnny so that night she decides to sneak out of her room and go and visit him, there she apologises for how her father spoke to him, then she asks him to dance with her. As they begin to dance they get closer and soon find themselves in bed together, this is where their affair begins
Their relationship is discovered when one day someone accuses Johnny of stealing a wallet from somebody and as he cannot say where he was on that night it is up to Baby to confess that Johnny couldn't have done it as he was with her all night. Baby's father is furious and disappointed and Johnny is still fired for having a relationship with a guest. After saying their goodbyes Johnny drives off leaving a devastated Baby behind.
The final part of the film shows the Houseman's watching the end of season talent show to which their eldest daughter Lisa has been part of. All the members of the talent show then gather on stage for the last song. At this point Johnny walks back in and approaches the Housemans table and then says the famous line 'Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner' then takes her hand and leads her to the stage - everybody falls silent and Johnny tells the audience that he is going to perform the finals dance of the season and he is going to do it his way - cue the music 'I've had the Time of My Life' Johnny looks at Baby and they both begin to dance a routine to beat all routines including a successful lift, which gets a round of applause from the audience. Soon the entire place gets up and starts dancing all the guests and staff together. Mr Houseman then approaches Johnny and apologises for accusing him of what happened to Penny as he now knows who really got her pregnant, after this all is forgiven, leaving time for everybody to finish their dancing (fade out and cue credits)!!
It's inspired a hit musical. The soundtrack has sold in its millions. And it's still, arguably, the most popular film on Patrick Swayze's curriculum vitae. Most worrying of all, perhaps, is that Dirty Dancing is now more than twenty years old. Now that's scary. Still, it does offer the excuse for a special anniversary release, and that's exactly what we have here. And, to be fair, the film has never looked better. The story is still as straightforward and simple as it always was, baked just to the point where it can support the aforementioned Swayze and Jennifer Grey strutting their stuff. But Dirty Dancing nonetheless continues to work well to this day, with its rarely-rivalled, sizzling mix of romance, energy and music.Of course, it's an easy film to pick holes in, should you be inclined to do so. After all, at heart it's a well packaged piece of hokum, that's never likely to contend in a Top 100 movies poll. But to pick holes would be churlish, and perhaps to miss the point. Because Dirty Dancing's mantra is to entertain, and it delivers on that promise with some conviction. The late Emile Ardolino wisely keeps his direction zippy, and the two leads really do look like they're having the time of their life.Granted, this latest re-release isn't going to convert sceptics to the ways of Dirty Dancing, and the unfortunate, unwelcome sequel will remain a blot on its copybook. But this original is hard to beat, and it's still a hard dish to resist.