Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing

Emile Ardolino (1987)

12A Certificate


Our Score
This feel-good dance movie works a curious, charismatic magic. It was intended as a low-budget filler, a tale of sexual awakening at a Jewish holiday resort in 1963, but it became a huge hit, kick-starting major industry careers for its production team, and catapulting the then-unknown Patrick Swayze to stardom. The casting is perfect, with Swayze playing a sexy bad boy dancing coach and Jennifer Grey a opinionated 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.


A dance instructor at a 1960s resort hotel fears his career will be jeopardised when his regular partner is forced to pull out of an important show in which they are due to perform. Luckily, a naive teenager is happy to step in, and is treated to a whirlwind holiday education in life, love and expressing herself. Romantic drama, starring Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey and Jerry Orbach. Includes 5 news at 4.30pm.

Cast & 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
Magician "Cousin Brucie" Morrow
Stan Wayne Knight
Director Emile Ardolino
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: LionsgateGuidance: swearing, sex scenesAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 9 Feb 2007