HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE.
In 1963, teenager “Baby” Houseman (Jennifer Grey) goes with her parents on a vacation to a resort in the Catskills, and she soon becomes involved with a charismatic dancer (Patrick Swayze). This film wasn’t just a box-office hit, but also had some cultural influence, not least on teenage girls. Based on the screenwriter’s personal experiences, the story focuses on a romance defying both parents and the establishment. Sexual heat and romance is skilfully woven into the dancing, and the two leads (both actual dancers) are well cast. Effective mix of pop tunes from the era and new ones, including “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” in the riveting finale.
1987-U.S. 97 min. Color. Directed by Emile Ardolino. Screenplay: Eleanor Bergstein. Song: “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” (Franke Previte, John DeNicola, Donald Markowitz). Cast: Jennifer Grey (Frances “Baby” Houseman), Patrick Swayze (Johnny Castle), Jerry Orbach (Jake Houseman), Cynthia Rhodes, Jack Weston, Jane Brucker.
Trivia: Billy Zane and Sarah Jessica Parker were allegedly considered for the leads. Followed by Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004) and a TV series, Dirty Dancing (1988-1989). Later a Broadway musical. Remade as a TV movie, Dirty Dancing (2017).
Oscar: Best Original Song. Golden Globe: Best Original Song.
Quote: “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” (Swayze)