In 1963, Frances "Baby" Houseman, a sweet daddy's girl, goes with her family to a resort in upstate New York's Catskill Mountains. Baby has grown up in privileged surroundings and all expect her to go on to college, join the Peace Corps and save the world before marrying a doctor, just like her father. Unexpectedly, Baby becomes infatuated with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle, a man whose background is vastly different from her own. Baby lies to her father to get money to pay for an illegal abortion for Johnny's dance partner. She then fills in as Johnny's dance partner and it is as he is teaching her the dance routine that they fall in love. It all comes apart when Johnny's friend falls seriously ill after her abortion and Baby gets her father, who saves the girl's life. He then learns what Baby has been up to, who with and worse - that he funded the illegal abortion. He bans his daughter from any further association with "those people". In the first deliberately willful ... Written by
Amanda W, amended by Linda C.
Dancing to the beat of their hearts.
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21 August 1987 (USA)
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Opening Weekend: DEM 335,283
(15 October 1987)
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?
In an interview with AFI, Swayze explained why he thought Dirty Dancing has endured for so long. "It's got so much heart, to me," he said. "It's not about the sensuality; it's really about people trying to find themselves - this young dance instructor feeling like he's nothing but a product, and this young girl trying to find out who she is in a society of restrictions when she has such an amazing take on things." See more
Supposedly set in Upstate New York, film was shot in Virginia and North Carolina. The trees and bushes do not look like Upstate New York. See more
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Hi, everybody, this is your Cousin Brucie. Whoa! Our summer romances are in full bloom, and everybody, but everybody's in love. So cousins, here's a great song from The Four Seasons.
That was the summer of 1963 - when everybody called me Baby, and it didn't occur to me to mind. That was before President Kennedy was shot, before the Beatles came, when I couldn't wait to join the Peace Corps, and I thought I'd never find a guy as great as my dad. That was the ...
Referenced in Lilyhammer: Out of Africa
Do You Love Me
Performed by The Contours
Words and Music by Berry Gordy
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