|Theatrical release poster|
What a surprise! It was the first film to sell one million copies on video and as of 2009, Dirty
Dancing had earned over $214 million worldwide. The little-known Patrick Swayze became an overnight sensation and in 1991, he was chosen by People magazine as that year's "Sexiest Man Alive".
Not only was the movie a monumental success but also the soundtrack. The Dirty Dancing soundtrack went multi-platinum. Included in the hit singles: “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song, “Hungry Eyes” by Eric Carmen and “She’s Like the Wind,” co-written and sung by Swayze himself. The film also contained the now-famous line “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.”
Sidenote: In 2004, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, a reworking of the original film set in Cuba in the 1950s, just before Fidel Castro’s revolution, was released to a tepid response from critics and audiences. The still-fit Swayze appeared in a cameo role as a dance instructor. Want to watch Dirty Dancing? Watch the original! You just can't beat a classic!
An iconic scene from the dancing finale
And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...as well as the movie!