Dirty Dancing

1987

Dirty Dancing

Critics Consensus

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

71%

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90%

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Movie Info

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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Cast

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 (62) | Top Critics (14)

  • 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

  • Nov 08, 2013
    Who doesn't love Dirty Dancing? An absolute classic.
    Beth M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 13, 2012
    I can't believe it took me twenty years or so to see this gem. It's just such a nicely-packaged little story. It doesn't try to be anything other than a sweet bildungsroman that tackles class issues while treating the audience to beautifully choreographed dance routines.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    Dirty Dancing is a classic, with good performances and some great dance choreography. Definently a romance that can be enjoyed by both genders. A film for the ages.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 25, 2011
    One of the oldest and most loved girly movies of all time that I have never been ashamed to say I love. The acting is terrible, the special effects have holes in them and the story line is sporadically poor but the soundtrack and simplicity of the instant love between Baby and Johnny is what every 14 year old girl (including myself at that age wanted). As I have got older, the age difference between them unnerves me slightly but then most things unnerve me in my old age. A definite keeper, even if it is complete hogwash.
    Unknown H Super Reviewer

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