Viewed – 29 May 2011 Blu-ray
This has to be one of the most memorable and timeless coming of age love stories ever made. A clear favourite amongst the female crowd and anyone with a love of 80s shmaltz, this follows the story of teenage girl ‘Baby’ (Jennifer Grey) who during a summer vacation to an exclusive resort, falls for bad-boy dance instructor Johnny (Patrick Swayze) and subsequently experiences her own sexual awakening whilst breaking the heart of her Mother and Father. But this isn’t really about teenage rebellion, but more about the chemistry between the two leads, the charming humour of her dance lessons, the annoying would-be suitors, the tone-deaf sister and the set-in-his ways father. And the music is just fantastic, taking tracks from some of the most memorable 60s rock ‘n’ roll songs to create a truly sexy and uplifting feel good classic.
I was sad this morning to hear the news that one of the coolest actors of the eighties has passed away.
Patrick Swayze who will be best remembered for his iconic performance in fan-favourite Dirty Dancing … died yesterday at his home aged 57, following a 2 year battle against pancreatic cancer. I think my favourites of his long list of movies were Point Break and the underrated Roadhouse, even though I can’t help but love that moment when he says ‘Nobody puts baby in the corner’ in ‘Dancing. Sheer class.
Dirty Dancing co-star Jennifer Grey payed this tribute:
“When I think of him, I think of being in his arms when we were kids, dancing, practising the lift in the freezing lake, having a blast doing this tiny little movie we thought no one would ever see. He was a ‘real cowboy with a tender heart’, who was so fearless doing his own stunts that it was not surprising to me that the war he waged on his cancer was so courageous and dignified.”
1952 – 2009