[[caption-width-right:299:The ultimate chick flick.]]

->''"Nobody puts Baby in a corner."''
-->-- '''Johnny Castle'''

''Dirty Dancing'' is a 1987 romance film starring Jennifer Grey and Creator/PatrickSwayze, written by Eleanor Bergstein, and directed by Emile Ardolino. A sleeper hit, it became a sensation upon release, with reports of people supposedly viewing the film, then immediately returning to the theater to watch it a second time. Amusingly, the studio that produced and distributed ''Dirty Dancing'', Vestron Pictures, only planned to release the film in theaters for only a weekend, and then send it straight to home video, since they had originally been in the video distribution business long before entering film production.

[[TheCutie Frances "Baby" Houseman]] and her wealthy family decide to spend the summer of 1963 at Kellerman's, a Jewish resort in the Catskills. Baby's father, Jake (Creator/JerryOrbach), is the personal physician for resort owner Max Kellerman (Jack Weston). While being squired around by Max's creepy grandson, Neil (Lonny Price), Baby quickly develops a crush on [[TroubledButCute Johnny Castle]], the resort's working-class dance instructor, eventually leading her to one of the staff's secret after-hours dance parties, where they engage in "dirty dancing" and Johnny teaches her some basic steps.

Soon after, she learns Johnny's dance partner Penny (Cynthia Rhodes) needs an illegal abortion resulting from an affair from resort waiter Robbie Gould (Max Cantor), who has begun dating Baby's older sister, Lisa (Jane Brucker). The only night they can see the abortion doctor is the same night Johnny and Penny earn extra money performing at a neighboring hotel named The Sheldrake with no one to fill in, they might lose the gig, so Baby offers to help. As Johnny teaches her how to dance, the two grow close. But Baby's family would never approve of the relationship, and she needs to decide if it's worth fighting for...

As mentioned above, this film was a major coup for Vestron Pictures, which, up until this point, solely involved with home video distribution. As a result of this film's success, Vestron turned it into a minor franchise, cranking out a TV series (see below) and a music tour which played in 90 cities for three months and was telecast on Creator/{{VH1}}. They also began getting more involved in making movies and actually began fully financing them (Vestron had released movies before ''Dirty Dancing'' came out, but those movies were made by outside filmmakers and Vestron was only handling distribution). Unfortunately, however, the market's preferences matured, and shifted from watching almost any film to just watching "A" titles, which was the majors' specialty, Vestron was already committed to about 20 "B" to low-"A" projects, and as a result many of these films ended up flopping at the box office, and these flops, coupled with the fact that Vestron's former clients were now forming their own home video divisions and thus content became more difficult to acquire, the company eventually went bankrupt and closed down on January 11, 1991.

In 2004, a prequel entitled ''Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights'' was released by Creator/LionsGate, which holds the rights to the original courtesy of their ownership of the Vestron Pictures library. Set during the Cuban Revolution, the film's only connection to the first is a cameo by Patrick Swayze, who got $5 million for this scene (compared to the $200,000 for his starring role in the original film), and in fact, it's a repeat of the original (Peter Sagal -- yes, the host of ''Radio/WaitWaitDontTellMe'' on Creator/{{NPR}} -- has a story credit on the film, but almost none of his original script, which wasn't even intended to be a ''Dirty Dancing'' movie, remains in the final product). The film bombed with audiences and critics and was quickly forgotten.

In addition to the prequel, there was a ''very'' short lived TV series based on the film, which ran on Creator/{{CBS}} from 1988 to 1989. In addition to not having any of the original cast and very limited involvement from the crew, the show had one glaring plot change: Baby (played by a young Melora Hardin) was now Max Kellerman's (played by [=McLean=] Stevenson) daughter and in charge of Johnny (played by Patrick Cassidy) as the resort's talent director.

A musical stage adaptation titled ''Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage'' debuted in Australia in 2004, and various versions have toured throughout the US and the UK.

A Made for TV musical, starring Creator/AbigailBreslin as Baby, Colt Prattes as Johnny, Creator/DebraMessing as Mrs. Houseman, Bruce Greenwood as Dr. Houseman, Creator/SarahHyland as Lisa, Tony Roberts as Max Kellerman, Trevor Einhorn as Neil Kellerman, and Nicole Scherzinger as Penny, aired May 24, 2017 on Creator/{{ABC}}.
!!This film provides examples of:

* AllForNothing: Baby provides an alibi (ahem) for Johnny when he's accused of theft. He gets canned anyway for having a sexual relationship with a guest. Though it wasn't ''all'' for nothing, not for Johnny anyway, since nobody like her ever stood up for someone like him.
* BackAlleyDoctor: The abortion clinic. i.e. "A dirty knife and a folding table."
* BorschtBelt: Kellerman's is a Borscht Belt resort, though Borscht Belt comedy is not heavily featured in the movie.
* BrainlessBeauty: Lisa.
* BreakTheHaughty:
** Lisa, when she catches Robbie in bed with another woman.
** Vivian, too, who is sitting alone during the final dance.
* BrokenPedestal: Baby is saddened to discover her father's elitism when he bans her from associating with Johnny and the other staff members (though in all fairness, it's because of his mistaken belief that Johnny knocked up Penny and wants to protect Baby from a similar fate). Similarly, her father is sorely disappointed in Baby's involvement in Penny's illegal abortion and her deceit, and even more disappointed when he learns that she actually did have sex with Johnny. Most tellingly, however, Dr. Houseman has this reaction at the end towards Robbie, when he discovers that Robbie, who he had permitted to date his other daughter, Lisa, all because he thought he was actually a good boy with a promising future ahead of him, is actually a dirty sleaze who was the actual culprit who got Penny "in trouble" and who didn't even bother to take responsibility. This of course causes the pedestals between Baby and her father to be perfectly repaired.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Baby tells Jake off in an emotional scene for his treatment of Johnny and herself.
* CantBelieveISaidThat: This is Baby's reaction to awkwardly telling Johnny that she "carried a watermelon" when they first meet.
* CannotTellALie: Baby. To the point where in one deleted scene, she threatens to lie about Lisa when the latter threatens to tell their parents about her sneaking around, warning her that their parents will believe ''her'' because she never lies, and in another, her father instantly believes her when she confesses to a minor incident, simply by saying, "It has to be true. Baby never lies". This is ''after'' discovering her deception regarding Penny's abortion, when he'd have every reason to doubt anything she says.
* CaughtWithYourPantsDown: How Lisa gets wise to Robbie. Lisa goes to Robbie's cabin in order to surprise him and finally go all the way with him, only to catch him in bed with Vivian (see Jerk Ass below).
* ChekhovsGun: When Penny and Baby help Mrs. Schumaker when she drops her purse, multiple wallets can be seen. Penny can be seen glaring at Robbie while he flirts with Lisa, this is later revealed to be due to hurt and anger at him impregnating and abandoning her.
* ChekhovsSkill:
** The lift, or rather, Baby's inability to do one. Also, if you look in the background during the scenes in the staff quarters, you can see the staff practicing the step-kick "Cuban rhythms" that Johnny demonstrates for Neil, and which they perform in the end.
** A doctor's work is never done. Baby's father swoops to the rescue following Penny's botched abortion.
** A deleted scene shows Dr. Houseman is an OB/GYN
* ComingOfAgeStory: The shy wallflower Baby starts blossoming through dance and her relationship with Johnny.
* CoordinatedClothes: {{Inverted}} with Baby and Johnny who wear clothes of contrasting colours throughout the movie, even for their dance number where couples very often wear matching outfits.
* CovertPervert: After the Sheldrake dance, Baby changes in the back seat of Johnny's car and he checks her out in the rear view mirror.
* TheCutie: Baby.
* DaddysGirl: Baby, so much so that Lisa bluntly taunts her about finally having their father's attention after the incident with Penny puts Baby out of his good graces.
* DanceOfRomance: Pretty much the entire point of the movie.
* DancePartyEnding: Includes a now legendary leap off the stage into the audience by Swayze, who at that point had reinjured his knees and was in considerable pain, but did it anyway so there'd be a visually impressive hook to the scene.
* DateRapeAverted: A mild version implied with Lisa and Robbie--early in the film, Baby and Neil spot them coming out from a secluded pathway with Lisa hurriedly adjusting her clothes and demanding an apology from Robbie, who sarcastically refuses. Disturbingly, she continues to date him throughout the film.
* DelusionsOfLocalGrandeur: This movie was filmed on-location at Mountain Lake in Giles County, Virginia. A fact that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WSLS WSLS]], a Roanoke, VA-based Creator/{{NBC}} station, will make DAMN sure you don't forget if you watch it. Also Lake Lure, North Carolina. Every Girl Scout at Camp Occoneechee knew it too.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything:
** The dancing is deliberately (both in- and out-of-universe) meant to look sexual.
** The lift is a metaphor for orgasm.
** The dance training. Penny symbolically places Baby in Johnny's arms and guides her through the dance moves, essentially giving her permission to "take" Johnny, even though Penny was only his dance partner, and they weren't actually romantically involved.
* EpicFail:
** At the end of the film, Billy is trying to teach Lisa how to dirty dance and all she can really do is just bounce in place. Billy even laughs at it.
** [[GainAxing Not that bouncing in place is a bad dance for someone like her.]]
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: At the beginning of the film, as the family is driving to Kellerman's, the girls are seen sitting in the backseat of the car. Lisa is gazing into a mirror, fussing with her hair, while Baby is reading a book. Without a single word being spoken, Lisa is established as TheDitz while Baby is the intelligent one.
* ExtravertedNerd: Neil Kellerman. He's short and unattractive (compared to Johnny), but boasts that he's "the catch of the county" because he's heir to the Kellerman empire.
* {{Fanservice}}:
** Mostly of shirtless Patrick Swayze, although soaking wet Jennifer Grey(in the river scene) is nothing to sneeze at.
** You can probably throw in all the [[PantyShot Panty Shots]] of the dirty dancing girls, Penny in her dancing gear, and Lisa's rather large rack in the bikini in the end scene.
* FemaleGaze:
** As noted on the DVD commentary, Baby is in every scene, and the view is entirely hers. Two other minor examples: when Robbie is hitting on Lisa and Penny stares at him, and when Vivian watches Baby coming out of Johnny's cabin.
** Baby being in every scene is justified, as the film itself is her reciting her recollections.
* FireForgedFriends:
** Max and Tito (see JerkWithAHeartOfGold below). Their conversation during the last song shows how much they had been through (the Great Depression and World War 2 to name a few) over at least 30 years together.
** Jake and Max as well, Jake having helped Max recuperate from heart problems.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Flaky, fashion-obsessed Lisa vs. studious, intelligent Baby.
* GilliganCut: "It's a stupid idea. She cannot do it." Cut to: Baby stepping on Johnny's feet.
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: One-sided on Lisa's part.
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: One of the strongest aversions in cinema. [[spoiler: Penny goes through one without a second thought, even though she's scared, and her friends support her throughout. Although the operation turns out to be a back-alley abortion that nearly costs Penny her life, Dr. Houseman saves her, doesn't report her, and even assures her that she'll still be able to have children later, without once blaming her or condemning her for her choice; his criticism is reserved entirely for the guy who got her into the predicament to begin with, and to his daughter for lying to him and getting involved. The movie even has a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming when Penny is shown wordlessly thanking him at the end of the movie]].
* HiddenDepths: Ditsy Lisa coldly accuses Baby of not caring about her and taunts her about how "Daddy listens when ''I'' talk now", indicating that for all her flakiness, she's genuinely hurt and resentful about him favoring her.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: How Jake finds out the truth about Penny's abortion. Near the end of the film, while some of the staffers are singing the resort's anthem, Jake approaches Robbie, hands him an envelope containing either a check or a letter of recommendation, and wishes him good luck in medical school. Robbie replies by thanking Jake for helping Penny out and telling him, "I guess we've all gotten into messes", effectively confessing and insulting Penny at the same time. Jake, who is understandably miffed, and not just over Robbie's deed, but also at himself for allowing Robbie to date Lisa at the same time, takes the envelope back.
* HollywoodToneDeaf: Lisa.
* IncrediblyLameFun: Kellerman's! Come for the charades, stay for the foxtrot lessons.
* InterclassRomance:
** Wealthy Baby and wrong-side-of-the-tracks Johnny.
** To a lesser extent with wealthy Robbie and wrong-side-of-the-tracks Penny.
* IvyLeagueForEveryone : A few examples. Mr. Kellerman, when he's giving the "show the daughters a good time" speech to the wait staff, says he recruited them all from Harvard and Yale. Robbie the Jerkass waiter goes to Yale Medical School. Neil (Mr. Kellerman's grandson) goes to Cornell School of Restaurant Management. Baby will be attending Mount Holyoke (one of the "Sister Schools"). And when she gives Jake her speech at the end, she says that he thinks saving the world means marrying someone from Harvard. The trope is probably Justified, given the movie's time and setting (the Catskills).
* JerkAss: In addition to Robbie, there's also Vivian Pressman (Miranda Garrison), a highly oversexed resort guest who falsely accuses Johnny of stealing her husband Moe's wallet after he spurns her sexual advances in favor of Baby.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Jake. Neil, too. He's a condescending, elitist snob. . .who's planning to join the Freedom Riders the following summer. Anyone planning to do something like that can't be ''that'' bad. Max, as well. Despite all the flack he gives Johnny and his friends, he still treats the resort's black bandleader, Tito Suarez, as an equal, not an inferior.
* LesYay: A bit between Baby and Penny as they dance together half dressed and sweaty.
* MaybeEverAfter: We don't really know if Johnny and Baby continue their romance after the film ends as she's only there on vacation.
* MeaningfulName: Or nickname rather. "Baby", representing her naivete and innocence. Penny even taunts her about this at one point--"Go on back to your playpen, Baby", in response to the latter's clueless insistence that Robbie will do the right thing regarding her pregnancy.
* MrFanservice: Expect women to leave the room to change their panties after every scene with Patrick Swayze.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Baby confesses to having spent the night with Johnny in order to keep him from being fired/arrested for stealing Moe Pressman's wallet. Only for him to get fired anyway for getting involved with a guest and for her parents to be furious with her.
* TheNotLoveInterest: Penny and Johnny, though they may have been at some point before the story. Despite their flawless chemistry as dance partners, they're nothing more than very good friends.
* NotSoDifferent : A deleted scene and subplot (later expanded in the TV Musical) explains that Jake came from the a rough background, much like Johnny.
* OneHeadTaller: Johnny's hands are longer than Baby's ''waist''.
* OverprotectiveDad: Baby's father tries to shelter her from the world, but unlike many examples of this trope, isn't overly smothering and deeply trusts her. The real conflict happens when he has a misunderstanding about Johnny being involved in Penny's need for an abortion.
* ParentalObliviousness: Baby's mother, Marge (Kelly Bishop) remains blissfully unaware of what goes on throughout the film, though a deleted scene indicates that she isn't as clueless as initially presented--she sternly chastises Baby for her behavior and reveals that she had been in a similar situation before meeting Jake. Jake also. He never realizes what Baby is involved in until he's dragged into it on one occasion--when she runs to get his help after Penny's botched abortion--and when Baby confesses at another time. This isn't due to stupidity, he simply has never had any reason to doubt or distrust her.
* ParentheticalSwearing: "He wouldn't know a new idea if it hit him in his pachanga!"
* PetTheDog: Lisa offering to do Baby's hair, then hugging her as she breaks down.
* PresentDayPast:
** Baby's outfits look more '80s than '60s, and much of the soundtrack is contemporary music. Honestly, they weren't even trying. This is handwaved during the writer's commentary, when she notes that it's a nostalgia piece, so the details don't matter as much (something like that). Also the cost of obtaining the music rights was prohibitive on the film's budget.
** While it's true that much of the soundtrack is contemporary music, the film features a good amount of songs from the era when the film takes place, thanks to the work of the film's period music consultant, Bruce Morrow, who also appears in the film as a magician who saws Baby in half as a trick. Morrow was actually given the job of period music consultant on the strength of his work as a disc jockey for New York City oldies radio station WCBS-FM 101.1, where he was known to listeners as "Cousin Brucie," a stage name he still uses on SiriusXM after leaving WCBS in 2005 because of an ill-advised experiment in jocklessness.
* PrettyInMink: A couple of the rich lady guests at the resort wear white fur wraps.
* RichBitch[=/=]WomanScorned: Johnny's previous "dance student". [[spoiler:She ends up sleeping with Robbie.]]
* RichSuitorPoorSuitor: Pretty much the only area of romantic conflict.
* SesameStreetCred: Applies to Lonny Price, Miranda Garrison, Jerry Orbach, choreographer Kenny Ortega, and music supervisor Michael Lloyd. Price previously made his film debut as Ronnie Crawford in ''Film/TheMuppetsTakeManhattan'', while Garrison went on to choreograph ''Film/TheAdventuresOfElmoInGrouchland''. Meanwhile, Orbach later went on to voice Lumiere in ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', while Ortega went on to direct and choreograph ''Film/{{Newsies}}'' and ''Film/HighSchoolMusical''. Finally, Lloyd was simultaneously working as music producer for ''Series/{{Kidsongs}}''.
* SexySoakedShirt: The lift. Practiced in water.
* ShirtlessScene: Take a drink everytime you see one. Hope you enjoy getting your stomach pumped.
* TheSixties: Though you would never know it from Jennifer Grey's EightiesHair.
* SmashCut: Baby's father learning of her sexual relationship with Johnny. Cut to Dr. Houseman [[ThousandYardStare sitting comatose]] at the lakefront.
* SlobsVersusSnobs:
** The wealthy patrons vs. the help.
** Even within the help this clash is seen. The waiters were recruited from Ivy League schools, are encouraged to romance the girls--Max outright says "I brought you here to show the goddamn daughters a good time"--and clearly look down on the dance teachers, who are from the wrong side of the tracks and threatened with punishment should they become involved with a guest--indeed, Johnny is fired when his and Baby's relationship is revealed. Note that Dr. Houseman sternly disapproves of them while having no problem with Robbie and Lisa's relationship (to be fair, though, this is largely only because he mistakenly believes that Johnny got Penny "in trouble and sent her off to some butcher while he moved on to an innocent young girl" like Baby). Meanwhile, Penny fears that it's ''she'' who will be fired for sleeping with Robbie.
** Indeed, the only members of the entertainment staff who aren't treated condescendingly are the resort's house band. If anything, Max doesn't see Tito as merely an employee, but also as a friend and confidant as well, and thus treats him as an equal.
* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: Everything. It helps that "Baby" is a common song lyric.
* TakingTheHeat: While treating Penny, Jake asks point blank, "Who's responsible for this girl?" and Johnny replies, "I am." And, of course, Baby admitting that she was with Johnny when the wallets were stolen, despite the consequences.
* {{Touche}}: Jake when he apologizes to Johnny at the end of the movie.
-->'''Jake:''' I know you weren't the one who got Penny in trouble.
-->'''Johnny:''' Yeah.
-->'''Jake:''' When I'm wrong, I ''say'' I'm wrong.
* TheUnfavorite:
** In one of her few scenes with genuine emotional depth, Lisa implies that she has felt like this for some time, and gloats that Baby is in this position now.
---> '''Lisa''': ''(in response to Baby's advice to not sleep with Robbie)'' "Oh, come ''on''. You don't care about me. You wouldn't care if I humped the entire Army as long as they were on the right side of the Ho Chi Minh trail. What you care about is that you're not DaddysGirl anymore. He listens when ''I'' talk now. And you hate that." ''(turns away)''
** Baby has a few moments like this, where it's implied that she doesn't think she's as pretty as Lisa--who visibly smirks at her when Robbie hits on her and completely ignores Baby--thus explaining her initial shyness and awkwardness around Johnny.
* WatchingTheReflectionUndress: While driving back from their dance performance, Johnny watches Baby change via the car's rearview mirror.

!!Tropes found in the 2017 MadeForTVMovie

* AdaptationalJerkass: Both Jake and Johnny are much douchier in the remake than they were in the original.
* AdaptationalNiceGuy: Penny is considerably friendlier in the remake than her 1987 film counterpart, and Lisa and Baby's relationship is less antagonistic.
* AdaptationExpansion: The remake is three hours long and features a couple of new characters, some added character backgrounds, and a couple of minor subplots.
* AscendedExtra: Jake and Marjorie get this treatment due to now having a subplot involving their marriage being on the rocks, as does Tito due to the presence of his son, Marco, who also has a subplot involving him romantically pursuing Lisa after she breaks up with Robbie.
* BigDamnKiss : [[spoiler: After Johnny and Baby sleep together the first time, he gives her the cold shoulder, and she stands outside his cabin door yelling for him to come out and deal with her. He responds by throwing open the door and offering up the BigDamnKiss]].
* BittersweetEnding: The ending reveals that Baby and Johnny didn't stay together, with her marrying and having a child with someone else, but they still have fond memories of the summer of 1963, with his final line to her being "Keep dancing".
* BreakupSong : Performed by Marjorie, with a Reprise from Jake.
* BrickJoke : The Marilyn wig Baby tries on at the start of the film reappears on someone else's head during the talent show.
* ChekhovsGun : [[spoiler: Vivian gives Johnny an expensive watch. Later, when he rejects her for Baby, Vivian accuses him of stealing it]].
* CompositeCharacter : Neil doubles as the Emcee/bad comic.
* DateRapeAverted : Just like in the first film, Robbie tries to do this to Lisa. Unlike the first film, however, Lisa actually dumps Robbie for good after it happens and instead pursues a new love interest, Marco Suarez, a member of the resort's house band, which is led by his father, Tito Suarez.
* DemotedToExtra : Robbie's role is much smaller than in the original film, with Lisa instead pursuing a new love interest, Marco, a member of the resort's house band, which is led by his father, Tito.
* DistantFinale : The film opens with a 1975 Baby watching [[ShowWithinAShow Dirty Dancing: The Musical]] and reminiscing about her time at Kellerman's. In the end Johnny catches up with her, and she wrote a book about the experience, upon which the musical is based.
* FramingDevice: The movie starts with Baby attending a performance of "Dirty Dancing: The Musical" (possibly referring attempts to create a musical based on the movie, which the remake essentially is) before flashing back to the summer of 1963, then ending back at the musical performance.
* FriendshipSong : Penny teaches Baby how to be a sexy dance partner using "Great Balls of Fire."
* MinorCharacterMajorSong : Penny, Marjorie, and Vivian each get a show-stopper.
* ParentsAsPeople: In contrast to being HappilyMarried in the first film, Baby's parents are having serious marital issues in the remake, with her mother revealing that they've had a SexlessMarriage for the past year.
* SheIsAllGrownUp : When Baby puts on her dancing dress, and the white gown at the end.
* SpicyLatina : Penny, although she's more AmbiguouslyBrown.
* TheVamp : Vivian, more so than in the original. Creator/KateySagal even gets to perform the ultimate "torch song."

!! Tropes Found In The 2004 Prequel ''Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights'':

Along with many of the tropes in the original film, the prequel also includes:
* ActionizedSequel: The threat of the Cuban revolution looks over the story and finally happens on New Year's Eve.
* DateRapeAverted: Katey's date--the son of her father's boss--gets fresh with her during their evening out. He actually has the decency to apologize and even provide her with an alibi for whenever she sneaks off to see Javier.
* InterclassRomance: Wealthy Katey and waiter Javier.
* MaybeEverAfter: Katey and her family have to leave Cuba after the revolution. She tells Javier "I'm taking you with me." He responds, "I'm keeping you here." They share one last dance at a local nightclub and Katey vows that while it might be their last dance in Cuba, it won't be their last dance, period. The film ends there, so we never know what happened.
* RemakeCameo: Creator/PatrickSwayze appears in several scenes as a dance teacher.
* SexyDiscretionShot: Javier and Katey embrace, begin to undress. . .cut to the outside of the cabana as we see their [[SexySilhouette silhouettes]] lying down. The next morning, they're snuggled together, with him shirtless and her [[SexyShirtSwitch wearing his shirt]].