27 Years Later- Did You Know These Facts About The Movie Dirty Dancing?
One of the best movies ever! On this day, 27 years ago, the movie Dirty Dancing premiered. Who doesn't love Dirty Dancing? Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, the infamous line....'nobody puts baby in a corner.' OMG, I wanted to be Baby when I first heard that line. lol
I remember this was the first 'racy' movie I was allowed to watch and even then I doubt I had permission, I'm sure I watched it at a friend's house. Whatever the case, think about the first time you watched it, the dancing, Patrick Swayze and his sexy self, the music, it was just perfection even thought it almost didn't even happen! The Huffington Post posted five things you may not have known about this iconic movie:
1. It was almost released straight to VHS because audiences hated it so much.
When tested on a select group of people, they hated the film.
Jennifer Grey recalled, "When we did it, it felt like it was so under the radar that no one was ever going to see it and we were just torturing ourselves for nothing."
2. There was a title for the film before there was even a story.
Linda Gottlieb, someone who worked at MGM Studios in the 1980's talked about her lunch date with the writer:
I said, ‘Well what’s the story?' And she said, ‘I don’t really have a story, but it should involve Latin dancing…’ So I switched the subject and said, ‘Tell me about yourself.’ She said, ‘I grew up in Brooklyn, my father was a doctor, I was one of those kids who used to go across the tracks to go dirty dancing.’
I said, ‘That’s a million-dollar title! Now we’ll figure out the story.’ We invented Johnny Castle at lunch.
The Huffington Post added that when asked about inspirations for the film and whether previous dance partners may be able to help, Bergstein said, "My old partners are either in jail or out on parole ... it was a very rough neighborhood."
3. Filming of the movie took place in the fall so leaves had to be sprayed green.
Even though the movie takes place in the summer, it was shot in mid-October. Decorators on the set painted the leaves in certain scenes to hide the changing season.
4. According to Patrick Swayze the lake was "hypothermically cold" and he recalls that closeups could not be filmed of he and Jennifer because their lips had turned blue.
The lake scene was shot in a lake that was 40 degrees. Patrick Swayze explains:
It was horrifyingly, hypothermically cold in that lake, and we filmed that scene over and over. And despite the fact that Jennifer was very light, when you're lifting someone in water, take after take after take, even the skinniest little girl can feel like 500 pounds. By the time we finished shooting that sequence, my arms were like rubber, my body temperature had plunged.
5. Patrick did everything in his power to get the infamous line from the movie cut....
"I hated that line, 'Nobody puts baby in a corner,'" Patrick Swayze told AFI. Later on, he changed his mind after finally being able to watch the film.
6. Jennifer Grey admitted she was terrified of practicing 'the lift' so her first try was what we see in the movie.
Jennifer is quoted as saying, "The day you see me do it in the movie is the first time I do it."