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Dirty Dancing
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Emile Ardolino
Produced by Linda Gottlieb
Written by Eleanor Bergstein
Music by
Cinematography Jeffrey Jur
Editing by Peter C. Frank
Studio Great American Films Limited Partnership
Distributed by Vestron Pictures
Release date(s) May 12, 1987 (1987-05-12) (Cannes)
August 21, 1987 (1987-08-21) (United States)
Running time 100 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $6 million
Money made $214 million

Dirty Dancing is a 1987 American romantic drama dance film written by Eleanor Bergstein and directed by Emile Ardolino. It stars Jennifer Grey as Frances "Baby" Houseman, a young woman who falls in love with dance instructor Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) at her family's resort.

The film was based on screenwriter Eleanor Bergstein's own childhood. Filming took place in Lake Lure, North Carolina and Mountain Lake, Virginia, with the film's score composed by John Morris and dance choreography by Kenny Ortega.

Dirty Dancing premiered at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 1987 and was released on August 21, 1987 in the United States, earning over $214 million worldwide. It was the first film to sell more than a million copies for home video, and its soundtrack created by Jimmy Ienner generating two multi-platinum albums and multiple singles, including "(I've Had) The Time of My Life", which won both the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Original Song, and a Grammy Award for best duet. The film's popularity led to a 2004 prequel, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, and a stage version which has had sellout performances in Australia, Europe, and North America. A made-for-TV remake was also released in 2017.

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