"The reason people treat me like nothing is because I am nothing."
- Johnny Castle [Patrick Swayze]
Academy Awards 1987 -
Best Original Song
New York Times - 08/21/1987
"...Nicely bittersweet....A drive and a pulse that give the film real excitement..."
Variety - 05/20/1987
"...Some nice dance sequences and a likable performance by Jennifer Grey make the film more than watchable..."
Los Angeles Times - 08/21/1987
"...Smart and funny, touching and unabashedly sexual....Grey and Swayze are tough, thoughtful, lovely actors..."
Entertainment Weekly - 04/15/2005
"[A] slumber-party classic..."
Total Film - 03/01/2007 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his '80s classic transcends cynicism to give warm-fuzzies the world over."
Ultimate DVD - 12/01/2007 5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hanks to a fabulous soundtrack and enthusiastic performances, it's still as much fun as ever."
Entertainment Weekly - 05/13/2010
?[Swayze's] sweaty, smoldering, swivel-hipped rebel Johnny Castle still comes across as James Dean in snug slacks.? -- Grade: B
It's summer, 1963. Baby, 17 years old and all idealistic innocence, is vacationing with her parents in the Catskills. She meets Johnny, the hotel dance instructor, and is mesmerized by him as well as his dance style. She soon becomes Johnny's prize pupil - in dance and in love. Academy Awards: Best Song ("(I've Had) The Time of My Life").
Headstrong 17-year-old Baby Houseman hardly expects her family's usual summer vacation in the Catskills to be momentous. But then Baby spies Johnny Castle, the resort's dance instructor from the wrong side of the tracks. Johnny's facing a crisis: his dance partner and friend, Penny, is pregnant and has reluctantly decided to get an abortion. This leaves Johnny a solo act -- until Baby agrees to take Penny's place. She has to learn how to dance first, however, and as Johnny teaches her the choreography's sexy, seductive moves, the two fall in love. But Baby's father believes that Johnny is the creep who got Penny pregnant, and he furiously orders Baby to end the relationship. Baby knows that Johnny's innocent -- and with her feisty idealism and his dance talent, the two will prove to Baby's father that their love is worth fighting for.
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