1987 smash hit “Dirty Dancing” is every females on the planet’s favourite film. It’s a scientific fact, they’ve done studies and growing up in the 80’s (as I did) I was only too aware of the fact that Patrick Swayze was the gold standard of Hollywood heart throbs at the time.
He cast quite the shadow over us mere mortals who were just starting to try to catch the eye of the fairer sex and due to this fact (and the fact none of us could dance like him) most of us young lads, myself included dismissed “Dirty Dancing” as a “bird’s film” with nothing to offer us red blooded men.
You have to remember that back then it was the golden age of the action hero. Sly and Arnie were kickin’ ass and not even bothering to take names. It wasn’t as acceptable as it is today to like these sorts of films. But I’ll tell you what, it’s an absolute nailer of a film!
That is if you overlook the potentially “Yewtree” bothering age difference between Swayze and Jennifer Grey also you have overlook the fact that it’s most famous line “nobody puts baby in the corner” is complete nonsense. She’s not even in a corner, she’s just sat against a wall…aaand if you overlook the fact the the acting is just terrible. Now I think about it; it is kinda shite but in an awesome way (like grease 2, but not as good obviously. That’s a modern classic.)
The only real redeeming feature is the absolutely banging soundtrack! There’s not a bad song on it. So really, unless you want to gaze longingly at Swayze’s chiseled features I’d maybe recommend just skipping the film and putting the soundtrack on.
But anyway here are some facts you might not know about this steaming pile of greatness:
Patrick Swayze had to convince Jennifer Grey to be in this film because she had disliked him so much while filming Red Dawn in 1984.
Val Kilmer was initially offered the lead but declined. Billy zane was also considered but apparently he got shot down cos he wasn't much of a dancer, or 'phantom' or really, anything as it would later turn out.
Sharon Stone auditioned for Baby. That certainly would have gotten that male demographic on board a little more.
Patrick Swayze was offered $6 million to reprise his role as Johnny for a sequel but Swayze wasn't a fan of sequels and turned it down. Though he did manage to overcome his principles a couple of decades later to play a dance instructor in 2004s truly dreadful "Dirty Dancing - Havana nights".
Dirty Dancing was the first film to sell over a million copies on video !! So that's over a million copies of this beauty just gathering dust in a old box in people's garages now. Heartbreaking stuff.
Well that's it for our chat about Dirty dancing. I need to go. I can hear my 3 week old son wriggling about in his Moses basket, it's a bit of an obstacle, the Moses basket being where it is in the middle of the room but as Sir Patrick of Swayze told us "nobody puts baby in the corner."
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