A short plot, performing staff, the main actor: "Dirty Dancing" - the cult melodrama of the 80s.
Patrick Swayze - the actor, "Dirty Dancing" for which have become a fateful project. The same can be said about the actress Jennifer Gray, which until now the audience learns solely on the role of baby. How did the life of the performers change after the premiere? And who else starred in the cult picture?
“Dirty Dancing”: actors and roles, short plot
The melodrama "Dirty Dancing" conquered the whole world, collecting at the box office a fabulous amount for the 80s. In this case, the plot of the film, shot by director Emile Ardolino, is not at all new.
Baby - a girl from a rich family. Everything in her life was planned in advance under the strict supervision of claiming parents: first, study at a prestigious university, then service in the Peace Corps.
Meeting on vacation with an unsecured, but very talented dancer Johnny radically changes the life of Baby. She is keen on dancing, for the first time in her life, performing on stage, for the first time seriously falling in love with a man. Since Johnny is older than Baby and is better acquainted with life, he realizes that sooner or later this novel will end in failure. And so it goes in the final: the poor dancer is fired from a boarding house without the right to perform the final dance of the season and without severance pay.
In the final, Johnny and Baby part, full of bitterness. But then Johnny decides to break the ban: he returns to Baby and together they perform a dance on the main stage of the boarding house in front of astonished vacationers, thus declaring their love and freedom from prejudice.
Dirty Dancing: Patrick Swayze's Main Actor
Patrick Swayze in his youth did not plan to link life with cinema. Since his mother was a professional dancer, Swayze until the 80s tried to build a career as a choreographer. However, the injury received during football training limited the possibilities of the young man, so he began to take acting classes, hoping for success at least in a different field of activity.
Swayze was handsome and physically fit, so he was quickly noticed. He began with the main roles in such films as “Outcasts”, “North and South”, “Red Dawn”. But these projects were not designed for a global audience.
If it were not for Emily Ardolino's “Dirty Dancing” melodrama, perhaps Patrick Swayze would never have become famous throughout Europe and America as a talented actor. “Dirty Dancing” helped Patrick make a career breakthrough. In just a few years, Swayze has played in two other cult films: "The Ghost" and "On the crest of a wave."
Swayze would have played many more significant roles, but the artist died at the age of 57 from cancer.
The main actress of the picture - Jennifer Gray
No matter how good Patrick Souiezy is as an actor, “Dirty Dancing” would hardly have gained such popularity without charming Jennifer Gray. The actress in the project got the role of Francis Houseman, nicknamed Baby.
According to the plot, Francis arrives at the boarding house where Johnny works, along with his parents and sister. Despite its affiliation with the caste of wealthy people, Baby is distinguished by humanity, lack of arrogance and responsiveness.It is these qualities that help the girl get close to Johnny.
Jennifer Gray had difficulty up to the project of Emil Ardolino with obtaining the main roles. The directors did not like the non-standard appearance of the actress. After the premiere of "Dirty Dancing," Gray gained enormous popularity. However, she had the imprudence to have plastic surgery, after which she lost her originality and lost her previous position in the cinema.
Other starring roles
Not only Swayze and Gray played the main roles in the Dirty Dancing melodrama. Film actors Jerry Orbach and Kelly Bishop received plenty of screen time, appearing in the image of parents Beybi.
Jerry Orbach, best known for his Broadway productions and the series Law and Order, was played by Jake Hausman, a self-sufficient physician. Initially, Bebibi’s father was skeptical of new acquaintances of his daughter, although he did not refuse to provide them with free medical care when it was required. And yet, in the final, Houseman found the strength to apologize to Johnny when he realized that he was mistaken in him.
Kelly Bishop, the star of the Gilmore Girls TV series, appeared on the screen in the guise of Marjorie Houseman, a careless woman who is mostly busy with herself.
The role of Lizzy - baby sister - went to actress Jane Brooker, which can also be seen in the TV series "Crime Story" and "Egghead."
The role of Max Kellerman was played by Jack Weston - the famous American comedian. "Dirty Dancing" in his filmography occupy the most prominent place.
Film awards and box office
On the shooting of melodrama was spent $ 6 million. In the world box office managed to collect 214 million.
At the 60th Oscar Awards, The Time of My Life won the grand prize. In 1988, the same song won the Golden Globe.
Also on the Golden Globe was nominated the film as a whole and Patrick Swayze along with Jennifer Gray as the leading roles.