Dirty Dancing

  • 12
  • Emile Ardolino (1987)
  • US
  • 95 min
Dirty Dancing
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Film Review
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4 out of 5

This feel-good dance drama works a curious charismatic magic and catapulted the then-unknown Patrick Swayze to stardom. It was intended as a low-budget filler, a tale of sexual awakening at a Jewish holiday resort in 1963, but it became a much-loved blockbuster and kick-started major industry careers for its production team. The casting is perfect, with Swayze playing the sexy bad boy dancing coach and Jennifer Grey as the feisty middle-class teenager, and their relationship never strikes a false note. But what really makes the film unmissable is the fabulous dancing - despite being highly erotic, it's never tacky.

Plot Summary

Romantic drama starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze. Teenager Frances "Baby" Houseman arrives at a mountain resort hotel with her family in the summer of 1963. Bored by family games and unimpressed by the attentions of the hotel owner's grandson, she meets dance instructor Johnny Castle, who teaches her the art of "dirty dancing".

Cast and crew


Frances "Baby" Houseman
Jennifer Grey
Johnny Castle
Patrick Swayze
Dr Jake Houseman
Jerry Orbach
Penny Johnson
Cynthia Rhodes
Max Kellerman
Jack Weston
Lisa Houseman
Jane Brucker
Marjorie Houseman
Kelly Bishop
Neil Kellerman
Lonny Price
Robbie Gould
Max Cantor
Tito Suarez
Charles Honi Coles
Billy Kostecki
Neal Jones
"Cousin Brucie" Morrow
Wayne Knight


Emile Ardolino

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
May be edited for violence, language and sex scenes.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 9 Feb 2007
Certificate 12
Columbia TriStar