• Dirty Dancing (1987)

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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    The script is full of off-the-wall lines that take you by surprise but are perfect. [21 Aug 1987]

  • 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]

  • 88
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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