“Do You Luuuv Me?”

Where were you in Sept. 1987? Probably most of you were kids or babys then but I remember one significant event that year. A movie called “Dirty Dancing.” We are coming up on the 20th aniversary of this ledgendary film and it is still as good as the day it was released. Filmed by a company called Vestron who weren’t very successful in the business up to that time, they ponied up $5 mill and hired, then pretty much unknown actors, to make a movie about a middle class young couple who travel to a mountain resort. “Baby” played by Jennifer Grey and “Johnny” played by Patrick Swayze.

For the $5 million investment, the film made more than $170 million world wide and put Vestron up with the big boys. Actually, Val Kilmer, “Heat” and Billy Zane, “Titanic” were originally picked to play Johnny but passed on it. “Nobody puts baby in a corner” is the #98th most popular movie quote. In the scene where Swayze, who is an accomplished dancer, is running his hand down Grey’s arm and she keeps laughing and pissing him off was real. She just couldn’t settle down enough for the cut. the director thought it was funny and left it in.

Kellermans was actually Mountain Lake in Va. and they have all kinds of dirty dancing events during the summer. You can have a party up there just like in the movie and even be the girl who says, “I brought the watermelon.” Gilda Radner was said to have watched this flick everyday as she was dying of cancer just to cheer herself up.

Coming up this week you can see it all in living color on the big screen. The Livonia 20 theater will be showing “Dirty Dancing” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. The $10 is worth it. You know you will have “I Had the Time of My Life” running though your head all night long.

2 Comments so far

  1. joann (unregistered) on April 29th, 2007 @ 2:04 pm

    One of my favorite movies.

  2. tarq22 (unregistered) on May 7th, 2007 @ 11:19 am

    Hey Rick nice job with the blog. Very informative. :)

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