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Dirty Dancing

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Dirty Dancing

Certificate
12 Certificate
Title
97 Mins
Released
1987
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Packshot of Dirty Dancing
Certificate
12 Certificate
Duration
97 Mins
Released
1987

Patrick Swayze is Johnny Castle, a dance teacher employed at a summer camp, who spends his evenings dirty dancing. Wealthy, young holidaymaker Baby (Jennifer Grey) looks on with innocent lust. When Johnny's dancing partner (Cynthia Rhodes) is unable to take part in a competition, Baby steps into her shoes. Johnny is forced to train her in the art of dirty dancing with just days to go until the competition. But the dance floors brings them closer than they imagined and they fall in love. Contains mild sexual content and mild language.

Cast & Connections

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Director

  • Emile Ardolino

Screenwriter

  • Eleanor Bergstein

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Nobody puts Baby in a corner.

Did you know?

  • Throughout the film Johnny and Baby wear contrasting colours. Baby is often in very light colours while Johnny is in black or something very dark.
  • In the scene where Baby keeps laughing as Johnny runs his hand down her arm, Patrick Swayze's frustration was real because her laughter was not in the script.
  • The scene where Baby and Johnny are practising dancing and crawl on the floor towards each other was not intended to be part of the film. Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey were warming up for a scene but the director liked it so he kept it in the film
  • Billy Zane and Sarah Jessica Parker auditioned for the lead roles.
  • Jennifer Grey was 27 at the time this movie was made. The character she plays is only 17, so in the audition Grey was given five minutes to prove she could act younger as well as dance properly.

Awards

  • 1 Academy Awards won

    • 1988 Best Music, Original Song - John DeNicola, Franke Previte, Donald Markowitz
  • 1 Academy Awards nominated

    • 1988 Best Music, Original Song - John DeNicola, Franke Previte, Donald Markowitz
  • 1 Golden Globe Awards won

    • 1988 Best Original Song, Motion Picture - Donald Markowitz, John DeNicola, Franke Previte
  • 4 Golden Globe Awards nominated

    • 1988 Best Motion Picture, Comedy/Musical
    • 1988 Best Original Song, Motion Picture - Donald Markowitz, John DeNicola, Franke Previte
    • 1988 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy/Musical - Patrick Swayze
    • 1988 Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy/Musical - Jennifer Grey

Box Office

U.K.
£1.62 million
U.S.
$63.45 million

Source: Rentrak EDI

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