It has been nearly 28 years since Johnny Castle affirmed that “Nobody puts baby in a corner” in the 80’s classic Dirty Dancing. Dirty Dancing is a romantic drama dance film about an innocent upper-class girl “Baby” Houseman (Jennifer Grey) who goes along with her parents on a summer retreat. There, she becomes interested in Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze), the resorts dance instructor. Baby abandons her sophisticated dance and entertainment arena of her friends and family and goes on a dancing adventure with Johnny, engaging in a new type of dance which is all about thrills and sensuality.
Baby then grows obsessed with this style of dancing, and as she regularly works with Johnny, she faces some challenges which include her parent’s disapproval, rules restricting fraternization between staff and guests and challenges in the wait staffs personal lives.
Dirty Dancing is a fantastic movie with an interesting plot, there are even Dirty Dancing Casino Slots, and almost 30 years later, there’s still a lot that leaves fans puzzled. Here are some facts about this iconic movie which has grossed over $215 million worldwide.
- PATRICK SWAYZE CONVINCED JENNIFER GREY TO STAR IN DIRTY DANCING
In the movie Red Dawn, Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey didn’t get along so well so Jennifer almost passed on the role of Baby until she was convinced by Swayze that it would be a mistake. I fact, in the scene where Johnny seems angry with Baby while rehearsing their choreographed dance wasn’t staged as he was frustrated that she kept laughing. It’s wonderful that the producers decided to keep that scene eventually.
- THE MOVIE WAS INSPIRED BY THE LIFE OF SCREEN WRITER ELEANOR BERGSTEIN’S LIFE
Like Baby, Bergstein grew up in Brooklyn, her father was a doctor, she visited the Catskills in the 1960’s, she was called “Baby”, and she learnt to dance at house parties. However, in an interview with The Age in 2005, Bergstein admitted that there’s also a great deal of Johnny in her- she knows to dance dirty too.
- THE LIFT AS AT THE VERY END OF THE MOVIE WAS A ONE-TIME TAKE
Grey was so scared of making the famous lift move that she refused to practice beforehand. Luckily for her, they got it right first time, and since then she hasn’t done the move again.
- THERE IS A SLOT GAME ON DIRTY DANCING, AND TILL TODAY MOUNTAIN LAKE LODGE REGULARLY HOSTS DIRTY DANCING WEEKENDS
Dirty dancing is extremely popular in popular culture, and there have been a few spin-offs, and Dirty Dancing themed events and franchises.
Funny as it seems, there is a casino slots gamebased off the Dirty Dancing movie. Also, The Pembroke, Virginia resort where a majority of the Kellerman’s scenes were filmed consistently hosts Dirt-dancing themed weekends yearly.
- SWAYZE TRIED TO REMOVE THE MOST FAMOUS LINE FROM THE MOVIE
Yeah, ‘Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” Swayze said he initially hated it, but once he saw the completed movie, he admitted it worked.