Dirty Dancing is a 1987 American romantic drama dance film written by Eleanor Bergstein, directed by Emile Ardolino and starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in lead roles. These two actors are also seen in the 1984 disaster thriller Red Dawn.
Originally a low-budget film by a new studio, Vestron Pictures, Dirty Dancing became a box office hit. As of 2009, it has earned over $214 million worldwide. It was the first film to sell more than a million copies on home video, and the Dirty Dancing soundtrack created by Jimmy Ienner generated two multi-platinum albums and multiple singles, including “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”, which won both the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Original Song, and a Grammy Award for best duet. The film’s popularity led to a 2004 prequel, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, and a stage version which has had sellout performances in Australia, Europe, and North America.
A made-for-TV remake was released in 2017. Unlike the original theatrical film, the remake received negative reviews from critics.
When people talk to me of the film Dirty Dancing, l am all over them. I didn’t see it in the big screen, l saw it on the video market in 1993 and was in awe of the thing from start to finish. By the time lsaw it, it was already an old film, but it was starting to achieve cult and iconic status and for good reason – because it wasn’t just a good film, not just a classically good film, but an excellently ‘excellent’ film! If hard pushed though when people ask of me which did l prefer? The film, the story or the soundtrack? I do answer all three, but l did prefer the soundtrack, and that is not betraying my admiration for either Grey or Swayze, it’s just simple facts. But l did like certain lines from the film such as almost set in stone ‘I carried a Watermelon!’
The Time of our Lives
Everyone l should imagine has favourite scenes and adored songs and music from the film itself, below are my top 10 favourites. In the comments section tell me yours and we will make another post later in the week!
Be My Baby – The Ronettes
She’s Like the Wind – Patrick Swayze
Hungry Eyes – Eric Carmen
Hey Baby – Billak Massingale
“Overload” Alfie Zappacosta
Cry to Me – Solomon Burke
Most favourite track of the entire soundtrack, can listen to this twenty times a day
Wipe Out – The Surfaris
Do You Love Me – The Contours
Love is Strange – Mickey & Sylvia
De Todo Un Poco – Michael Lloyd & Le Disc
So that’s my Top Ten tracks, what are yours?