Baby Needed A Bit Of Coddling

Patrick Swayze had to convince Jennifer Grey to be in this film because she had disliked him so much while filming Red Dawn (1984).

Baby Needed A Bit Of Coddling
His Annoyance Was Genuine

In the scene where Johnny and Baby are practicing dancing, baby keeps laughing when he runs his arm down hers. It was not part of the scene; she was actually laughing. His frustration was genuine.

His Annoyance Was Genuine
No Sequel For Swayze

Patrick Swayze was offered six million dollars to reprise his role as Johnny for a Dirty Dancing sequel. Swayze wasn't a fan of sequels and turned it down.

No Sequel For Swayze
But Can You Play A Teenager?

At twenty-seven, Jennifer Gray was ten years older than the character of Baby. During her audition, she had 5 minutes to prove she could play younger.

But Can You Play A Teenager?
Ad-libbed Dance Scene

The dancing that Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey do during the love scene was actually the same dance that they did for the screen tests. It was not originally supposed to be in the film.

Ad-libbed Dance Scene
A Little Paint Will Fix Everything

During the scene where Baby and Johnny are dancing in the woods and later in the water - since that part of the movie was shot in October, all the leaves on the trees had started changing colors - the trees all around the lake and for that scene were spray-painted green due to make it look like summer. If you look closely during that scene in the woods, you can see leaves falling off the trees.

A Little Paint Will Fix Everything
Based On A True Story...Sort Of

According to a December 2008 interview with Dirty Dancing (1987) screenwriter Eleanor Bergstein, the characters of Baby and Johnny were both influenced by Bergstein's own biography.

Based On A True Story...Sort Of
Swayze And Grey's Past Connection

In 1975, Jennifer Grey's father, Joel Grey, starred in a very short-lived Broadway musical, Goodtime Charley, about the son of Charlemagne. One of the ensemble dancers? Patrick Swayze.

Swayze And Grey's Past Connection
The Contrast Between Characters

Throughout the film, Johnny and Baby always wear contrasting colors: Baby wears very light colors, and Johnny wears black or something very dark.

The Contrast Between Characters
From Choreographer To Bungalow Bunny

Lynn Lipton, the actress originally cast as Marjorie Houseman (Baby's mother) was replaced with Kelly Bishop, who had originally been cast as Vivian Pressman (the "Bungalow Bunny"). Left without an actress to play Vivian, the producers cast Miranda Garrison, the film's assistant choreographer, in that role.

From Choreographer To Bungalow Bunny
The Conan O'Brien Connection

The film was re-released in 1997 due to a petition led by Conan O'Brien in which he asked viewers to send letters calling for the film's re-release. O'Brien later joked that he actually didn't like the movie that much.

The Conan O'Brien Connection
So That's Why He's Such A Jerk

The book that Robbie tries to lend to Baby as an explanation for his refusal to help Penny is 'The Fountainhead' by Ayn Rand. Rand was the creator of a philosophy called Objectivism, which holds (among other beliefs) that it is more important for a person to be concerned with his or her own well-being rather than to try to help others. Some of her adherents (including, apparently, Robbie) interpret her books as justification for selfish and self-serving behavior and the disavowal of responsibility to others.

So That's Why He's Such A Jerk
I See What You Did There

At the beginning of the film, it is said that Baby will attend Mount Holyoke College in the fall. Her namesake, Frances Perkins, was a graduate of Mount Holyoke, Class of 1902.

I See What You Did There
It Could Have Been Val Kilmer

Val Kilmer was initially offered the lead but declined.

It Could Have Been Val Kilmer
The Cutting Room Floor Love Scene

The love scene between Johnny and Baby during the "Cry to Me" sequence that was cut from the film is featured on the 20th anniversary DVD release in 2007.

The Cutting Room Floor Love Scene
Sad Endings

Max Cantor played the role of Robbie Gould in the film. Max was the son of Broadway producer Arthur Cantor. They lived in the Dakota Apartments on West 72nd in NYC with John Lennon and other residents. Max attended Harvard University and died of an overdose at the age of 32.

Sad Endings
The Log Almost Did Him In

Patrick Swayze insisted on doing his own stunts for "Dirty Dancing". During the log scene, he kept on falling off of the log and injured his knee so badly he had to have fluid drained from the swelling.

The Log Almost Did Him In
Cry To Me

The "Cry to Me" love scene was voted "One of the [most seductive] movie moments in cinematic history".

Cry To Me
Penny's Red Dress

When Patrick Swayze's character Johnny Castle is dancing with Penny (Cynthia Rhodes), she is wearing a custom-made red dress that crisscrossed in the back. Patrick kept getting his fingers stuck.

Penny's Red Dress
It Could Have Been A Lot Different

Billy Zane told TMZ that he and Sarah Jessica Parker had auditioned for the leads.

It Could Have Been A Lot Different
Getting What She Deserves

Jane Brucker who played Baby's older sister Lisa co-wrote the song "Hula Hana", but she didn't receive credit for writing the song until March 18, 2002.

Getting What She Deserves
She's Like The Wind

The song "She's Like The Wind" was co-written by Patrick Swayze with Stacy Widelitzand, sung by Patrick Swayze.

She's Like The Wind
A Cold Dip

During the iconic lake scene, there are no close-ups. It was so cold, the actors' lips turned blue.

A Cold Dip
They Kept The Silliness

The very famous scene where Johnny and Baby crawl towards each other wasn't supposed to be part of the film. They were just messing around, but the director liked it so much he kept it in the film.

They Kept The Silliness
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