Dirty Dancing


Dirty Dancing (1987)


Critic Consensus: Like its winsome characters, Dirty Dancing uses impressive choreography and the power of song to surmount a series of formidable obstacles.


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A teenage girl learns about love, adult responsibility, and how to do The Dirty Boogie in this romantic drama. In 1963, "Baby" Houseman (Jennifer Grey) is a 17-year-old spending the summer with her family at a resort hotel in the Catskills; she plans on being in the Peace Corps next summer, so this is expected to be her last summer as a carefree adolescent. Baby doesn't get along with her older sister, Lisa (Jane Brucker), and she's bored to tears by most of the older guests at the resort. However, one night Baby hears what sounds like a party going on in the employee's dormitory, and she pokes her head in to discover most of the hotel staff enjoying the sort of close dancing that would get you kicked out of the senior prom in no time flat. Baby is particularly struck by handsome Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze), a dancer in the resort's floor show, and falls head over heels in love, wanting to be near him. When Johnny's dance partner, Penny (Cynthia Rhodes), finds herself pregnant after a fling with one of the waiters, Baby volunteers to learn her steps and take her place; however, Baby's father, Dr. Jake Houseman (Jerry Orbach), will have none of it, convinced that Johnny is a low life and that his daughter is too young to understand her own feelings. Dirty Dancing was a surprise box-office hit, and the soundtrack album was an even bigger success, spawning several hit singles and inspiring a top-drawing concert tour featuring several of its artists. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Kelly Bishop
as Marjorie
Lonny Price
as Neil Kellerman
Max Cantor
as Robbie Gould
Neal Jones
as Billy Kostecki
Tom Connold
as Bus Boy
Paula Trueman
as Mrs. Schumacher
Alvin Myerovich
as Mr. Schumacher
Miranda Garrison
as Vivian Pressman
Garry Goodrow
as Moe Pressman
Antone Pagan
as Staff Kid
Tom Cannold
as Bus Boy
M.R. Fletcher
as Dirty Dancer
Jesus Fuentes
as Dirty Dancer
Heather Lea Gerdes
as Dirty Dancer
Karen Getz
as Dirty Dancer
Andrew Charles Koch
as Dirty Dancer
D.A. Pauley
as Dirty Dancer
Dorian Sanchez
as Dirty Dancer
Jennifer Stahl
as Dirty Dancer
Jonathan Barnes
as Tito's Band
Dwyght Bryan
as Tito's Band
Tom Drake
as Tito's Band
John Gotz
as Tito's Band
Dwayne Malphus
as Tito's Band
Clifford Watkins
as Tito's Band
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Critic Reviews for Dirty Dancing

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (13)

I loved this movie. It seems to dream itself, as it tells the story of a young girl who comes alive in the summer of 1963.

Aug 20, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The dancing here brings out the sensual dreaminess of the songs. Dirty Dancing -- what a great title! -- is such a bubbleheaded, retro vision of growing up in the sixties (or any other time) that you go out of the theatre giggling happily.

May 6, 2013 | Full Review…

If the ending of Eleanor Bergstein's script is too neat and inspirational, the rough energy of the film's song and dance does carry one along, past the whispered doubts of better judgment.

Mar 25, 2013 | Full Review…

Although the plot is sometimes implausible, the movie's music, dancing and romantic spirit carry a lot of it. In addition, Dirty Dancing has the virtues of a female main character (a bit unusual in a coming-of-age movie) and an interesting setting.

Mar 25, 2013 | Full Review…

Smart and funny, touching and unabashedly sensual.

Mar 25, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This is a shapely film, considered and concise. And if its rhetorical slickness eventually covers up its emotional core, that slickness has a pleasure of its own.

Mar 25, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dirty Dancing

My wife makes me watch DD. Too bad that this was Jennifer Grey's defining role as an actor. It is a movie I don't mind watching over. I like the music, and the story is uplifting. Interesting comment by Mr Kellerman that this style of holidays is losing popularity.

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Red Lats

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Original rating of 2 upped half a star. That still isn't saying much. An average movie for me is usually a 3. Decided I would re watch this movie. I last watched it when I was 13 and that was under duress as my nan and auntie were drooling over Patrick Swayze in a quite disturbing manner. I couldn't see it, and I still can't, really. It's a nice enough little story and the leads are good, although they don't necessarily look good together. The many dance scenes are pretty cheesy. I found most of it pretty embarrassing (for them) in all honesty, rather than hot. Patrick in that black top thing with his hair slicked back. Oh please! Still, it was watchable and my original rating may have been harsh and due to the dubbing of Patrick as "next year's man" (as my 13 year old self was clearly not old enough to appreciate his hotness). No, didn't happen, but I did come to appreciate him as an actor in his later years and he did seem to be a nice person too). Inoffensive quite sweet story that I don't think I will watch a 3rd time.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Completely anachronistic boilerplate dance film: young person - man this time, played by Patrick Swayze - of lower social class wins heart of upper-class young person (woman, Jennifer Grey) through the power of dance... or something. What made this movie watchable for me was the particularity of its setting; I don't know of any other films set in the Catskills in the 1960s, and buried within it is a story of (Jewish) identity and coming of age, told nostalgically and enjoyably. The bubble bursts when a 1980s song drives the film's finale - selling the soundtrack more than the story, to say the least - but, (along with Saturday Night Fever), it cast the mold for a certain kind of film: the summer sing-and-dance blockbuster. Essential viewing, unfortunately - even for guys like me who don't want to admit it,

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

Classic dance movie. Baby and her sister Lisa spend the summer at a holiday camp where they meet guys and fall in love. Baby learns to dance and helps Penny a dancer who gets into trouble. Fab soundtrack. Patrick's best role ever. Amazing!

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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