Dirty Dancing

Release Date: August 25th, 1987

DVD Release Date: August 27th, 1997

PG-13 |1 hr 40 min

Plot Summary

Baby (Jennifer Grey) is one listless summer away from the Peace Corps. Hoping to enjoy her youth while it lasts, she's disappointed when her summer plans deposit her at a sleepy resort in the Catskills with her parents. Her luck turns around, however, when the resort's dance instructor, Johnny (Patrick Swayze), enlists Baby as his new partner, and the two fall in love. Baby's father forbids her from seeing Johnny, but she's determined to help him perform the last big dance of the summer.

Cast: Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze, Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes, Jack Weston, Jane Brucker, Kelly Bishop, Lonny Price

Director: Emile Ardolino

Genres: Romance , Drama

Production Co: Vestron Pictures

Distributors: Artisan Entertainment

Keywords: Father, Emotional, 1980s, Growing up, Mother, Sister, House, Forbidden love

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Julie SalamonWall Street Journal

    A warm-heared picture with some hot dancing, some B movie class consciousness, lots of nostalgia and lots of cliches. [3 Sept 1987, p.17(E)]

  • 88
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Dirty Dancing is "Flashdance" with a triple-digit IQ. show more

  • 75
    Dave KehrChicago Tribune

    A shapely film, considered and concise. And if its rhetorical slickness eventually covers up its emotional core, that slickness has a pleasure all its own. [21 August 1987]

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Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Winner Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Winner Music (Original Song)