* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: When the film was screened for Aaron Russo, a producer at Vestron Pictures, his reaction to the film was "Burn the negative and collect the insurance." It became one of the highest-grossing films of 1987.
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: This little exchange between Johnny and Baby:
-->'''Johnny:''' "What's your real name, Baby?"
-->'''Baby:''' "Frances. For the first woman in the Cabinet."
-->'''Johnny:''' "Frances. That's a real grown up name."
** Jake admitting to Johnny that he was wrong and reconciling with Baby is on there as well.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: "Hungry Eyes", "Love is Strange", and "(I've Had) The Time of My Life", the latter of which won an Oscar.
* EarWorm: Watch this movie once, and try ''not'' to hear "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" repeating over and over in your head for hours afterward. "Hungry Eyes" is a close second.
* EstrogenBrigadeBait: '''PATRICK FREAKING SWAYZE!!!!!'''
** Colt Pratt's abs in the 2017 remake are almost a character on their own.
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: She's ''seventeen years old''. Technically of age, as the age of consent in New York is 17, but only barely. Admittedly, Johnny is supposed to be younger than Creator/PatrickSwayze (35) was at the time, but it's still a bit creepy.
* MemeticMutation:
** "Nobody puts Baby in a corner!"
** On the flip-side, "I carried a watermelon" is frequently up there in "worst lines ever" lists, and often mocked on the internet.
** This is lampshaded by Baby InUniverse: "''[[CantBelieveISaidThat I carried a watermelon?]]''"
* RetroactiveRecognition:
** Jake is [[Series/LawAndOrder Briscoe]] and [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Lumiere]].
** Marge is [[Series/GilmoreGirls Emily]].
** Penny is [[Film/{{Flashdance}} Tina Tech]].
** [[Series/{{Seinfeld}} Newman]] is the resort's social director.
** Choreographer Kenny Ortega previously choreographed ''Film/StElmosFire'' and later went on to direct and choreograph ''{{Film/Newsies}}'' and ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'', while his assistant choreographer, Miranda Garrison[[note]]whom also acted in the film as Vivian Pressman, Johnny's former dance student[[/note]], later went on to choreograph ''{{Film/Selena}}'', ''{{Film/Baseketball}}'', and ''Series/CarolineInTheCity''.
** Director Emile Ardolino later went on to direct ''Film/SisterAct''.
** Music supervisor Michael Lloyd simultaneously worked as music producer for ''Series/{{Kidsongs}} ''[[note]](and, less meritoriously, provided the music score for the same year's ''Film/TheGarbagePailKidsMovie'')[[/note]].
** As far as ''Havana Nights'' is concerned, the main character's father and older sister are [[Series/MadMen Roger Sterling and Betty Draper]] respectively.
** The original script of the sequel, ''Havana Nights'', was written by none other than [[Radio/WaitWaitDontTellMe Peter Sagal]]. [[note]]The final product, by Sagal's own admission, bears almost no resemblance to his script, as it was heavily rewritten to become more like Dirty Dancing to be the sequel.[[/note]]
* {{Sequelitis}}: A mild case; most agree that ''Havana Nights'' isn't really that bad as such, just a rather average film with virtually no relation to the first other than a vaguely similar storyline and Patrick Swayze's cameo.
* TearJerker: The scene where Johnny and Baby said their goodbyes as Johnny leaves in his motorcycle, accompanied by the song "She's Like the Wind". It becomes much more of a tearjerker with Swayze's death.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: Simply put, the ABC remake made a lot of changes that didn't sit well with the original's fans, but the FramingDevice makes an especially questionable addition. [[spoiler:The ending dashes viewers' hopes of Baby and Johnny staying together forever, by revealing that by 1975, Baby married another man, had a child, and wrote an autobiographical romance novel, which Johnny helped turn into a Broadway musical.]] For disappointed viewers who also notice similarities to ''Film/LaLaLand'', this might also fall under TheyCopiedItSoItSucks.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: One of the more interesting elements of the remake is Lisa's budding romance with Marco, son of Tito the bandleader, in a time when interracial relationships were forbidden (and marriage illegal). Likewise, the examinations of class and race from the original film are missing from the remake, despite giving Penny a RaceLift.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: From the second time Baby visits the staff quarters, her clothes become more revealing as the film progresses, coinciding with her developing sexuality. Then they revert to plain and frumpy when she tries to talk to her father after he learns of her and Johnny's relationship; Her very name (or nickname rather), representing her naivete and innocence.
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