It’s the summer of 1963, and ‘Baby’ thinks she’s on yet another dull family vacation in the Catskills – until a chance encounter at a secret ‘dirty dancing’ party introduces her to dance instructor Johnny and she embarks on one of cinema’s favourite love stories.
Based largely on screenwriter Eleanor Bergstein’s own childhood spend vacationing in the Catskills and participating in dirty dancing competitions, the film initially suffered from studio rejections and budget cuts, along with numerous roles being cast and recast before the eventual legendary pairing of Swayze and Grey was formed and, against the odds, the film went on to become a box office smash.
Featuring a timeless soundtrack, one of the most-quoted lines in cinema, and of course ‘that’ final lift, Dirty Dancing is a classic slice of nostalgia that nevertheless doesn’t shy away from pointed critiques of class and gender.
Dirty Dancing is screening as part of our funky 80s group of films, alongside Fast Times at Ridgemont High and a John Carpenter Double Bill.
All will be featured here at Tyneside Cinema on 13 Aug and will be followed by 80s music in our Bar Cafe.
Fancy dress is highly encouraged, so feel free to break out those legwarmers and neon shades when you join us for a boogie!