SUMMER OF SWAYZE: Dirty Dancing (1987)

SUMMER OF SWAYZE: Dirty Dancing (1987)

David is now officially Dirty Dancing years old…

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CW: Discussion of abortion, class issues, misogyny.

This episode is a huge, epic celebration with guests Jen and Micah from I Never Saw That because a) it's David's 32nd birthday, b) it's our movie's 32nd birthday, and c) this is Jen and Micah's Patreon pick for us to watch. Oh, and this film is possibly still the best dance movie ever made. Some of it's Kenny Ortega's choreography, dripping with sex and sweat but never overt enough to raise the censor's hackles. This movie's more than that, though - there's incredibly soulful writing, gorgeous cinematography, and uncanny chemistry between Swayze and Jennifer Grey. This movie deserves its spot as a new classic, and even if it's a little muddy, it's well worth your time. AND THAT DOESN'T EVEN GET INTO THE SOUNDTRACK. Enjoy a mega-sized episode as we review 1987's magnificent Dirty Dancing!

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Excerpt taken from "Happy Birthday,” written by Altered Images and performed by The Wedding Present. Copyright 1988 BBC Music, 2007 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd.

Clips from Dirty Dancing are copyright 1987 Artisan Pictures Inc. All rights reserved.

Excerpt taken from the following songs, all of which can be found on Ultimate Dirty Dancing, a full compilation of the film’s soundtrack. Copyright 2003, 1987 BMG Music:

  • “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life'“ - Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

  • “Be My Baby” - The Ronettes

  • “Big Girls Don’t Cry” - Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

  • “Do You Love Me” - The Contours

  • “Love Man” - Otis Redding

  • “Stay” - Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs

  • “Hungry Eyes” - Eric Carmen

  • “Hey! Baby” - Bruce Channel

  • “Cry to Me” - Solomon Burke

  • “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” - The Shirelles

  • “She’s Like The Wind” - Patrick Swayze feat. Wendy Fraser

Intro music taken from the Second Movement of Ludwig von Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Hong Kong (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 HK) license. To hear the full performance or get more information, visit the song page at the Internet Archive.

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