Dirty Dancing

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Product Overview

The summer of 1963 innocent 17-year-old Baby (Jennifer Grey) vacations with her parents at a Catskill's resort. One evening she is drawn to the staff quarters by stirring music. There she meets Johnny, the hotel dance instructor, who is as experienced as Baby is naive. Baby soon becomes Johnny's pupil in dance and love.

Specifications

Studio Lions Gate
SKU 214392042
UPC 012236108733
UPC 14 00012236108733
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Blockbuster
Coming Of Age
Dance
Essential Cinema
Love Story
Nostalgic
Personal Triumph
Racy
Romance
Teenage
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note It's summer, 1963. Baby, 17 years old and all idealistic innocence, is vacationing with her parents in the Catskills. She meets Johnny, the hotel dance instructor, and is mesmerized by him as well as his dance style. She soon becomes Johnny's prize pupil - in dance and in love. Academy Awards: Best Song ("(I've Had) The Time of My Life").
Plot Summary
Summary Headstrong 17-year-old Baby Houseman hardly expects her family's usual summer vacation in the Catskills to be momentous. But then Baby spies Johnny Castle, the resort's dance instructor from the wrong side of the tracks. Johnny's facing a crisis: his dance partner and friend, Penny, is pregnant and has reluctantly decided to get an abortion. This leaves Johnny a solo act -- until Baby agrees to take Penny's place. She has to learn how to dance first, however, and as Johnny teaches her the choreography's sexy, seductive moves, the two fall in love.| But Baby's father believes that Johnny is the creep who got Penny pregnant, and he furiously orders Baby to end the relationship. Baby knows that Johnny's innocent -- and with her feisty idealism and his dance talent, the two will prove to Baby's father that their love is worth fighting for.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "The reason people treat me like nothing is because I am nothing." -- Johnny Castle [Patrick Swayze]
Reviews
New York Times "...Nicely bittersweet....A drive and a pulse that give the film real excitement..." 08/21/1987 p.C3
Variety "...Some nice dance sequences and a likable performance by Jennifer Grey make the film more than watchable..." 05/20/1987
Los Angeles Times "...Smart and funny, touching and unabashedly sexual....Grey and Swayze are tough, thoughtful, lovely actors..." 08/21/1987 p.C1
Entertainment Weekly "[A] slumber-party classic..." 04/15/2005 p.48,?[Swayze?s] sweaty, smoldering, swivel-hipped rebel Johnny Castle still comes across as James Dean in snug slacks.? -- Grade: B 05/13/2010
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his '80s classic transcends cynicism to give warm-fuzzies the world over." 03/01/2007 p.46
Ultimate DVD 5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hanks to a fabulous soundtrack and enthusiastic performances, it's still as much fun as ever." 12/01/2007 p.98
Directors
Emile Ardolino
Actors
Patrick Swayze
Jennifer Grey
Cast & Crew
Kelly Bishop - Star
Neal Jones - Star
Patrick Swayze - Star
Jack Weston - Star
Cynthia Rhodes - Star
Wayne Knight - Star
Miranda Garrison - Star
Lonny Price - Star
Jerry Orbach - Star
Max Cantor - Star
Jennifer Grey - Star
Garry Goodrow - Star
Jeffrey Jur - Director of Photography
Eleanor Bergstein - Producer
Peter Frank - Editor
Hilary Rosenfeld - Costume Designer
John Morris - Composer
Linda Gottlieb - Producer
Kenny Ortega - Choreographer
David Chapman - Production Designer
Emile Ardolino - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1987
UPC 00012236108733
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 105 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Awards
Golden Globe (1988) Dirty Dancing, Nominee, Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical,Franke Previte et, al., Winner, Best Original Song - Motion Picture,Jennifer Grey, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical,Patrick Swayze, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
Grammy (1988) Franke Previte, Nominee, Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television
Oscar (1988) Franke Previte et, al., Winner, Best Music, Original Song
Reviews
ReviewSource Washington Post
Review Hot, hot, hot, hot, hot. Dirty Dancing is Saturday Night Fever with merengue on top, a Flashdance of the Borsch Belt, a razzle-dazzler of a romance set to the sultry sounds of the '60s...Do you love me? asked that music, and young America said yes, grinding out affirmation in dance as erotic as foreplay. Will you still love me tomorrow? the music asked again. And again the answer was yes, as the dancers touched and arched their necks and teased the night...Cynthia Rhodes, a leggy Flashdancer, glides far more grandly as Johnny's partner Penny. She's a polished, hard-luck professional who is sidelined early in the story. And Baby volunteers to fill the void. Johnny teaches Baby to merengue, expressing his contempt for this rich kid with provocative badgering. But Baby's a quick study and her awkwardness turns to agility. Then the whole movie becomes an excuse to watch this pair move, their gorgeous bodies caressed by intimate cinematography...Swayze, who studied ballet with the Joffrey, takes the lead. A dark blond with a heavy, sensual face, he moves with macho grace, a cross of Brando and Balanchine. From the neck up, he looks like a guy who could fix your carburetor; from the neck down he has the body of an Olympian...This odd couple dance to Kenny Ortega's choreography all movie long, so don't expect a lot of dialogue. It's supplementary to Ortega's love-story-in-motion, an abandoned rock waltz with dips we haven't seen since silent movie sheiks. The sound track, with its black and Latin roots, is a pre-Beatles me'lange meant to presage the decade to come. That was the context for the screenplay, according to Eleanor Bergstein, the coproducer and screen writer, who bases the movie on her own dirty dancing days...There's a lot of growing up in this feverish fairy tale, a Sleeping Beauty with bagels. It's precisely directed by Emile Ardolino, who won an Oscar for his documentary "He Makes Me Feel Like Dancing." He, too, is a man who makes you feel like dancing. Dirty Dancing is at area theaters and rated PG-13 because it includes adult situations and profanity.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Rita Kempley
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Limited Edition, Widescreen, English, Subtitled, Spanish, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Jay Scott, The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Dirty Dancing is "Flashdance" with a triple-digit IQ.
Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times Smart and funny, touching and unabashedly sensual... the sweet sleeper of a hot season.

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