"Dirty Dancing" is a 1987 American romantic drama film directed by Emile Ardolino and written by Eleanor Bergstein. The film stars Jennifer Grey as Frances "Baby" Houseman, a young woman who falls in love with a dance instructor, played by Patrick Swayze, while on holiday with her family at a Catskills resort. The film's iconic soundtrack, featuring songs such as "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," helped make it a commercial and critical success. It has since become a cult classic.
Did You Know?
The film was shot in just six weeks at Mountain Lake Lodge in Virginia.
Jennifer Grey was initially not the first choice for the role of Baby, but was cast after the director saw her chemistry with Patrick Swayze in a screen test.
Patrick Swayze was a trained ballet dancer and performed many of his own dance moves in the film.
The famous "lift" scene in the final dance was performed in just one take.
The film's screenplay was written by Eleanor Bergstein, who based the story on her own experiences growing up in the Catskills during the 1960s.
The film was not a box office hit upon its initial release, but its popularity grew through repeated cable showings and home video releases.
The film's soundtrack, which featured songs such as "The Time of My Life," "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," and "Hungry Eyes," was a massive commercial success and helped to launch the careers of several artists.
A prequel television series, "Dirty Dancing: The Next Generation," aired in 1988, with none of the original cast members returning.
- A stage adaptation of the film opened in London's West End in 2006 and has since been performed in various productions around the world.
- A 2017 television remake of the film aired on ABC, with Abigail Breslin playing the role of Baby and Colt Prattes as Johnny Castle.
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