Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing

Emile Ardolino (1987)

12 Certificate


Our Score
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.


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.

Cast & Crew

Johnny Castle Patrick Swayze
Frances `Baby' Houseman Jennifer Grey
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
Director Emile Ardolino
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: LionsgateGuidance: Sex scenes, edited for violence and language.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray