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Dirty Dancing (1987)

Director: Emile Ardolino     Starring: Patrick Swayze Jennifer Grey
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Format: DVD
Sku: 214392043
UPC: 012236146995
UPC 14: 00012236146995
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Have The Time Of Your Life
Spending the summer in a holiday camp with her family, frances ('baby') falls in love with the camp's dancing teacher. Limited keepsake edition.

"Dirty Dancing is "Flashdance" with a triple-digit IQ.  Jay Scott, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
"Smart and funny, touching and unabashedly sensual... the sweet sleeper of a hot season.  Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times

Editor's 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").


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, English, Subtitled, Spanish, Dolby, Digital Audio

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 3/5/2013
Video Play Time Running Time: 105 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1987
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 14699
Video UPC UPC: 00012236146995
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Kelly Bishop
Video Cast Info Neal Jones
Video Cast Info Patrick Swayze
Video Cast Info Jack Weston
Video Cast Info Cynthia Rhodes
Video Cast Info Wayne Knight
Video Cast Info Miranda Garrison
Video Cast Info Lonny Price
Video Cast Info Jerry Orbach
Video Cast Info Max Cantor
Video Cast Info Jennifer Grey
Video Cast Info Garry Goodrow
Video Cast Info Jeffrey Jur - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Eleanor Bergstein - Producer
Video Cast Info Peter Frank - Editor
Video Cast Info Hilary Rosenfeld - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info John Morris - Composer
Video Cast Info Linda Gottlieb - Producer
Video Cast Info Kenny Ortega - Choreographer
Video Cast Info David Chapman - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Emile Ardolino - Director
Plot 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.


Golden Globe (1988)
   Video Award Name Dirty Dancing, Nominee, Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical

Grammy (1988)
   Video Award Name Franke Previte, Nominee, Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television

Oscar (1988)
Video Award Name Franke Previte et, al., Winner, Best Music, Original Song

Golden Globe (1988)
Video Award Name Franke Previte et, al., Winner, Best Original Song - Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Jennifer Grey, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
   Video Award Name Patrick Swayze, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical

Memorable Quotes

"The reason people treat me like nothing is because I am nothing." ---- Johnny Castle [Patrick Swayze]

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...Nicely bittersweet....A drive and a pulse that give the film real excitement..." 08/21/1987 p.C3

"...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

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

Entertainment Weekly
?[Swayze?s] sweaty, smoldering, swivel-hipped rebel Johnny Castle still comes across as James Dean in snug slacks.? -- Grade: B 05/13/2010

Washington Post 8 of 10
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. - Rita Kempley

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