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Dirty Dancing

Romance . Music . Drama

Expecting the usual tedium that accompanies a summer in the Catskills with her family, 17-year-old Frances "Baby" Houseman is surprised to find herself stepping into the shoes of a professional hoofer -- and unexpectedly falling in love. The object of her affection? The resort's free-spirited dance instructor.

Actors: Alvin Myerovich , Max Cantor , Lonny Price , Kelly Bishop , Jane Brucker , Jack Weston , Jerry Orbach , Cynthia Rhodes , Patrick Swayze , Jennifer Grey
Directors: Emile Ardolino
Country: USA
Release: 1987-08-21
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  • Jay Scott

    Dirty Dancing is "Flashdance" with a triple-digit IQ.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • F. X. Feeney

    Above all, you've got Jennifer Grey, as a rich girl summering in the Catskills and falling for her working-class dance instructor, played by Patrick Swayze. The chemistry between them is red-hot, and they're wonderful dancers.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Rita Kempley

    It's a wonderfully corny story, performed exuberantly by Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze. When these two get together, you practically have to get out the fire extinguishers.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Staff (Not Credited)

    A poignant and racy movie. The dancing is pretty great, too.

    San Francisco Examiner Full Review
  • Staff (Not Credited)

    Good production values, some nice dance sequences and a likable performance by Grey make the film more than watchable, especially for those acquainted with the Jewish tribal mating rituals that go on in the Catskill Mountain resorts.

    Variety Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    Before the movie collapses into the utopian nonsense that seems obligatory to this subgenre, a surprising amount of sensitivity and satirical insight emerges from Eleanor Bergstein's script and Emile Ardolino's direction.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Sandra Contreras

    One problem with the film is that it does nothing to endear the Catskill social setting to an audience; the inhabitants seem to be competing for awards in obnoxiousness.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    But 'neath its candy-coated shell lies several solid grains of truth -- not to mention some fab choreography, a solid-gold title, and a couple of pristine examples (in Swayze and Grey) of what is meant by the term "career-making performance."

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    Unfortunately, the idea for Dirty Dancing exceeds the execution...and the story resolves itself all too conveniently in that final scene.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    The filmmakers rely so heavily on cliches, on stock characters in old situations, that it's as if they never really had any confidence in their performers.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Sheila Benson

    Smart and funny, touching and unabashedly sensual... the sweet sleeper of a hot season. [21 Aug 1987]

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
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