When it’s Patrick Swayze saying that line, you know he means it. Dirty Dancing has been that one movie I can watch repeatedly and never tire of.
There are so many beautiful moments in the movie from Jennifer Grey holding a watermelon while watching the others dance, to learning how to dance herself, her relationship with her parents, trying a lift in the lake with Patrick Swayze and falling over each time, the slow sexual dance on Cry to Me, to the culmination dance with Patrick leading the way on (I’ve had) the Time of my Life with the final lift, Jennifer Grey looking like a complete doll and Patrick Swayze the ultimate heartthrob.
I must have been seven years old when it was released and I remember it like yesterday. The cast of characters portrayed their roles so naturally in a very 80s kind of flavour. The music was epic my favorites were well all of them but I could not get enough of She’s like the Wind because it was sung by Patrick himself, Stay and Hungry Eyes. The dance choreography by Kenny Ortega was brilliant.
One bit of movie trivia many Dirty Dancing fans may not be aware of: That the lake was frigid. In fact, Ortega says Grey ended up going to the hospital for hypothermia. “You’d never know it from the glee and the smile on her face, but in fact it was not an easy scene to shoot,” says Eleanor Bergstein, who wrote and co-produced Dirty Dancing. But the cold water did not deter Ortega; Bergstein remembers the choreographer got in the lake with Swayze and Grey.
Over the years we would watch the movie endless times on television and it would be like reliving the moments for the first time.
Dirty Dancing even though the name suggests something sexual is for me a movie filled with innocence, grace, timeless music and beautiful sweet energy. It is a story of summer.
Dirty Dancing is a 1987 American romantic drama dance film written by Eleanor Bergstein, produced by Linda Gottlieb, and directed by Emile Ardolino. Starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, it tells the story of Frances “Baby” Houseman, a young woman who falls in love with dance instructor Johnny Castle (Swayze) at a vacation resort.
The sink and the dishes spent the weekend there
Should clean up the place, but I just don’t care
Tonight, I’ll be talking to the moon and that star
Maybe they’ll tell me where on Earth you are
Oh no, where are you tonight? (Tonight)
I’ve got to know, where are you tonight?