Dirty Dancing" today!
Do I even really need to talk about the plot? I know you all know it...and love it! (Come on, even you guys do too. Admit it.) Described by some as "'Star Wars' for girls," "Dirty Dancing" stars Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in their most memorable and profitable roles ever, as Johnny Castle and Frances "Baby" Houseman, respectively. It's the summer of 1963, and young Baby is spending it in the Catskills with her family. While there, she meets Johnny, a roughneck dance instructor. When she steps in to help Johnny and his partner out of a jam, love blooms. But can they truly be together on opposite sides of the track?
It's My Turn" (1980) for Michael Douglas and the late Jill Clayburn after having a scene cut from the script, a dancing scene. After shopping the script around Hollywood for a long time, the small production company Vestron finally picked it up. "Dancing" was given a small budget of $4 million and two months for rehearsal and filming, a mighty task for such a physical picture.
Red Dawn" (1984), but they reconciled and put the past behind them for the film (which they had to remind themselves about a couple of times throughout the filming).
Hungry Eyes" and "She's Like the Wind" to this day. And "(I Had) The Time of My Life" is still part of my friends' karaoke catalog. "She's Like the Wind," the great song written and sung by Patrick Swayze himself, was actually not written for "Dancing." He and his song cowriter Stacy Widelitz had written it for another Swayze film a few years earlier, "Grandview, USA" (1984), but it was never used. So "Dancing"s music supervisor Jimmy Ienner decided it fit perfectly in this flick. As for choosing the famous finale song, choreographer Kenny Ortega (who would later direct the "High School Musical" films) listened to hundreds of demo cassette tapes looking for just the right song. On literally the last tape, he finally came across "Time of My Life" and knew it was a perfect fit. It went on to win both the Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Original Song, as well as a Grammy.
So, break out those moves you practiced in your bathroom mirror and watch "Dirty Dancing" again this week! Have a great week, everyone, and I'll be back Friday with more great trivia tidbits and suggestions.
(Post-tidbit: "Dirty Dancing" was re-released into theaters in 1997, the 10th anniversary. Guess who was kind of responsible for that - Conan O'Brien! He started asking his viewers to write a petition for the re-release. After it was in theaters, O'Brien joked that he really didn't like the film after all. Oh, Coco...)