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Dirty Dancing: 20th Anniversary Edition

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Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze, ...
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Dirty Dancing

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze, Wayne Knight, Jerry Orbach
director:
Emile Ardolino

We gave it a B+

How did a low-budget indie about bringing sexy back to the borscht belt become a cult classic? Easy: Dirty Dancing is totally engaging, proudly subversive (that illegal abortion cost the film an acne-cream tie-in), and eminently quotable. Why Jennifer Grey’s turn as a goody-goody in the throes of sexual awakening never made her into a star remains a mystery. EXTRAS Skip writer Eleanor Bergstein’s commentary in favor of interviews with Patrick Swayze, Grey (who worried she was making ”soft-core porn”), and choreographer Kenny Ortega.