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Dirty Dancing Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

A teenage girl learns about love, adult responsibility, and how to do The Dirty Boogie in this romantic drama. In 1963, "Baby" Houseman ([[Performer~P28727~Jennifer Grey~jennifergrey]]) 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 ([[Performer~P9139~Jane Brucker~janebrucker]]), 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 ([[Performer~P113376~Patrick Swayze~patrickswayze]]), 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 ([[Performer~P59857~Cynthia Rhodes~cynthiarhodes]]), 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 ([[Performer~P54172~Jerry Orbach~jerryorbach]]), 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

  • Release date:October 16, 1987

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Emile Ardolino Best First Feature 1987 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Frankie Previte Best Original Song 1987 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Frankie Previte Best Song 1987 Winner

Cast

Patrick Swayze
as Johnny Castle
Jennifer Grey
as Frances "Baby" Houseman
Jerry Orbach
as Dr. Jake Houseman
Cynthia Rhodes
as Penny Johnson
Jack Weston
as Max Kellerman
Jane Brucker
as Lisa Houseman
Kelly Bishop
as Marjorie Houseman
Lonny Price
as Neil Kellerman
Max Cantor
as Robbie Gould
Neal Jones
as Billy Kostecki
Jennifer Stahl
as Dirty Dancer
Dorian Sanchez
as Dirty Dancer
Paula Trueman
as Mrs. Schumacher
Miranda Garrison
as Vivian Pressman
Tom Drake
Jesus Fuentes
as Dirty Dancer
Alvin Myerovich
as Mr. Schumacher
Bruce "Cousin Brucie" Morrow
as Magician
Wayne Knight
as Stan
Antone Pagan
as Staff Kid
Garry Goodrow
as Moe Pressman

Crew

Emile Ardolino
Director
Linda Gottlieb
Producer
Eleanor Bergstein
Screenwriter
John D'Andrea
Songwriter
Gerry Goffin
Songwriter
Mark Scola
Songwriter
Patrick Swayze
Songwriter
Bert Russell
Songwriter
Neal Cavanaugh
Songwriter
Bob Crewe
Songwriter
Jeff Barry
Songwriter
Alfie Zappacosta
Songwriter
Smokey Robinson
Featured Music
Stacy Widelitz
Songwriter
Marko Luciani
Songwriter
Carole King
Songwriter
Michael Lloyd
Musical Direction/Supervision
Bruce Channel
Songwriter
Erich Bulling
Songwriter
R. Parris
Songwriter
Terry Fryer
Songwriter
Frankie Previte
Songwriter
Melissa Cobb
Songwriter
Eddie Bo Smith, Jr.
Songwriter
Bob Gaudio
Songwriter
Phil Spector
Songwriter
Tom Graf
Songwriter
Peter C. Frank
Editor
David Chapman
Production Designer
Stephen Lineweaver
Art Director
Mark Haack
Art Director
Eleanor Bergstein
Co-producer
Doro Bachrach
Associate Producer
Steven E. Reuther
Executive Producer
Mitchell Cannold
Executive Producer
Clay Griffith
Set Designer
Herbert W. Gains
First Assistant Director
Kenny Ortega
Choreography
Bonnie Timmermann
Casting
John Marston
Production Assistant
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