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Dirty Dancing [1987] - 10.99

It's inspired a hit musical. The soundtrack has sold in its millions. And it's still, arguably, the most popular film on Patrick Swayze's curriculum vitae. Most worrying of all, perhaps, is that Dirty Dancing is now more than twenty years old. Now that's scary.

Still, it does offer the excuse for a special anniversary release, and that's exactly what we have here. And, to be fair, the film has never looked better. The story is still as straightforward and simple as it always was, baked just to the point where it can support the aforementioned Swayze and Jennifer Grey strutting their stuff. But Dirty Dancing nonetheless continues to work well to this day, with its rarely-rivalled, sizzling mix of romance, energy and music.

Of course, it's an easy film to pick holes in, should you be inclined to do so. After all, at heart it's a well packaged piece of hokum, that's never likely to contend in a Top 100 movies poll. But to pick holes would be churlish, and perhaps to miss the point. Because Dirty Dancing's mantra is to entertain, and it delivers on that promise with some conviction. The late Emile Ardolino wisely keeps his direction zippy, and the two leads really do look like they're having the time of their life.

Granted, this latest re-release isn't going to convert sceptics to the ways of Dirty Dancing, and the unfortunate, unwelcome sequel will remain a blot on its copybook. But this original is hard to beat, and it's still a hard dish to resist. --Jon Foster

Customer reviews (av rating: 4.0):

Rating: 2:
swayze off. : Yeah, well, once the editor realises the boom mic is in shot then, AND ONLY THEN, may i take this disaster seriously................whatever!!!

Rating: 5:
Still great 20 years on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : I absolutely love this film. It is a great feel good movie that I could watch over and over again. Patrick Swayze is gorgeous in it and Jennifer Grey plays a great "baby". The dancing and music in it are also great. Yes, its cheesy and slushy and pretty predicable but I still love it!!

Rating: 5:
I really enjoyed the movie : Dirty Dancing [1987] is a movie which I really enjoyed watching. What really appeals to me about the movie, its nice and simple storyline. The focal point is the bonding between a sexy dance instructor Johnny (Patrick Swayze) and a rich girl Baby who volunteers to cover as a dancing partner based in a holiday resort. The close friendship suffers major setbacks. Does the movie reach a happy ending? All will be revealed in the movie.

The soundtracks accompanying the movie are excellent which include She like the wind, Hungry Eyes and not forgetting Time of your life. The movie is a simply a feel good movie, which really lightens your mood. It maybe a little outdated, but the musical legacy it leaves behind has been carried on. Since the movie celebrates its 20th anniversary, a special edition of the movie should be released this year.

Overall, I really enjoyed the movie and a great collector item in my DVD set. If you appreciate a movie with a good storyline and makes you feel great, then Dirty Dancing will appeal to you. This is the special quality which I admire about any movie. So I will conclude this review with saying "Have the time of your life". This literally means enjoy the movie and feel good, which I certainly did.

Rating: 2:
I didn't have the time of my life : Dirty Dancing may the solution to please many fans that embrance it, admire it and fall in love with it, but the film is bombardided with such little depth and wooden acting, i can hardly believe it is "still" popular after all this time.

Patrick Swayze, once stated when appearing in Guys and Dolls in the West End, last year as "the film that will never die". I shudder by the statement, but why can people not realise Dirty Dancing is "extremely" dated with the camera techniques, distinct 80s clothes and especially the songs written for the score, including I've had the time of my life and Hungry Eyes, looking worse than the sixties material made up of Otis Redding, The Ronettes and Franki Valli.

The editing dragged striving to bring affection to Baby and Johnny's love, but the routine of their dancing meetings are mushy and predictable, making me think it's only a crush, losing the appeal for me, but i never seem to think they take it seriously at all. Another problem was it failed to focus on some of the lesser known characters who were wasted especially Baby's parents, Jake Houseman and Cythnia Houseman, who eventually drop down to mere shadows in dark scenes.

There was no acting in this and it didn't really matter as the actors/actresses effectively brought their own personalities in the performances. Do you care about these characters up close, though? They don't seem to connect, Bernstein obviously feels the characters have to relate themselves, but these people who were chosen, cannot and they don't have the skill, just chosen for their appeal.

Suffering from campiness and an incredibly poor story, Dirty Dancing only survives in modern culture, because the characters can relate to young people and the songs featured, touch their hearts. Unfortunely, it isn't looking in terribly great shape at twenty though, let's be frank.

Rating: 5:
In 1987 the guy in the video shop kept saying: : You don't want to rent that it's just a woman's film you'll hate it!

After almost a year I thought s*d this I'm going to watch it !

I did and at the end of the film I had a tear in my eye.

Great film - great soundtrack - and in my humble opinion a film for anyone who retains a bit of humanity,

But don't take my word for it - at this price watch so you can judge who's right-me or the guy in my video shop in 1987

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