Retro Film of The Month: Dirty Dancing (1987)

Synopsis: Spending the summer in a holiday camp with her family, Frances ('Baby') falls in love with the camp's dancing teacher.

I’ll be honest when I started to watch this film I was waiting for the Bee Gee’s song to come one on, and John Travolta to appear on screen. I realised that the film I was intending on watching was Saturday Night Fever.

So I’ve watched this film on and off over the years never fully completing it, so I thought I’d watch it. I’m a huge fan of 80’s music and that is what this film has going for itself. The film is coming to its 25th year anniversary and the soundtrack to the film is still as awesome as it was back then.

The story is pretty standard nothing too complicated with any twist, but the film doesn’t need that. What the film does rely on is the music and dancing, which is perfect as that’s what the film is mainly about. The dance moves must have been new to watch to the audience back then and even when I was watching it I got goose bumps, I wanted to try the hip thrusting moves, thankfully I haven’t tried yet.

Patrick Swayze & Jennifer Grey are great casting choices, their chemistry is evident on screen, with Baby’s shy, innocence & warm character, along with Johnny’s smooth, hard man is a good mix.  You could tell that there is a beautiful blossoming relationship between the two on screen and its fantastic to watch.

It's difficult to find any flaws, obviously there’s the typical father figure that Baby has to deal with, as well as the brash cocky rick guy who impregnates the poor dancer. Its all a bit clichéd, but its not all that bad, even the rich girl poor guy scenario has been done one too many times but hey I’m not complaining.

Overall I’d say that this is a great watch for the girls on a rainy day, hell even the guys. It is a proper chick flick and I can remember living in a student home a couple of years ago and my lovely housemates watching this whilst eating chocolate on a Sunday afternoon. Yes its not perfect but it was an iconic film that has defined the 80’s and Patrick Swayze may he rest in peace.



A little about me: I'm currently studying Film Production Technology at Birmingham City University, going into my second year. As well as that I'm working on a few Film projects at the moment and hop