"Nobody puts baby in the corner" and "Ditto" are the two lines that most women wanted Patrick Swayze to say when they first met. (Swayze says this himself in the special feature section on the Ghost DVD)
As well as Mountain Lake, Virginia, this film was made partly in Lake lure, NC. It is about 30min from my house. After the movie was made, we would go up and take pictures of us recreating the movie. One pic, is me dancing up those actual steps with watermelons.
My dad got into the building where the last dance was filmed-he jumped off the stage like Patrick did. I wish I could post those pics-it was so cool. That was years ago, now everything has been torn down.
In '63, my family moved to the Catskils right next to a resort hotel- The "Granit".
I was 15, and worked for this hotel at various jobs including dining room waiter for a lot of years. I also worked in 6 or 7 other hotels and became what was known as a "mountain rat".
The opening scenes in the movie, eg. the dance class and constant loudspeaker announcements about activities were quite similar to what happened at the Granit when I was a teen. In the summer, especially, the "activities director" wandered the property making endless announcements with a hand held speaker.
The odd coincidence that I noticed in Dirty Dancing was that the names given to the owners: Max, Ann, and Neal, were the same as the names of the owners at the Granit. In Dirty Dancing, Max brags that his grandson is in the hotel management program at Cornell. The real Neal (Granit max's son) also graduated from the Cornell School of Hotel management, top of his class. 40 years later he is a professor at that same school.
A difference is that the movie Neal is a narcissistic putz and the real Neal was quite a nice fellow. Totally unassuming. I always wondered if the screenwriter for the movie had been part of the scene at the Granit. There were so many similarities in the movie compared to what I experienced at all of the hotels that I worked at and there are so many stories to tell. sigh.
[Ed Note] Although the writer, Eleanor Bergstein, says on the DVD commentary that the script is based on her own personal experiences in the Catskils, she doesnt mention any names. Maybe she could drop us a note to confirm if these things were planned or just coincidence..?
During the "will you still love me tomorrow" scene, Jennifer got stung by a wasp on her arm. When they are lying down, Patrick is covering it, but when he stands up, he moves his arm and you can see a red spot. Jennifer says, "Yeah, it got red and swollen, and it was a nice touch."
Thanks to Megan Sandberg, Alicia J. Dixon And Leanne Bromley
A re-make of the movie had been rumored for years. Casting rumors included Ricky Martin and Natalie Portman.
The re-make of Dirty Dancing was finally released in 2004, but failed to reach anywhere near the profile of the original. Titled "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights", it had a different story set in a different locale to the 1987 classic.
Like the original movie, it deliberately starred relatively unknown actors in the major parts, with Diego Luna as the leading man and Romola Garai as his love interest. The movie is set in 1959 Cuba, the story follows a 17-year-old girl who moves with her family to Cuba. There, she defies her family's wishes when she falls in love with a slick young Cuban dancer, who liberates her and presumably teaches her some mambo maneuvers.
Patrick and Jennifer were not cast for any main roles but the movie's creator, on whose life it is also based, JoAnn Jansen ensured that Patrick Swayze, whose career took off after he appeared in "Dirty Dancing," did play a cameo role as a dance instructor, and he and Ms. Jansen briefly dance together, doing a side lift that was copied from the last film. "It's a sweet little homage," she said.
There's often fake stuff floating round, y'know? -Like the 'ghost boy' that can allegedly be seen in "Three Men And A Baby".
The following trivia for "Dirty Dancing" is apparently bogus. If you disagree or have additional info, please update us.
In the scene where Johnny and Baby are talking in johnny's room and Baby says the "most of all I'm afraid...the way I feel when I'm with you" line, the music they used is the same track Patrick Swayze smooched to in the film "Road House" - Solomon Burke's 'These Arms of Mine'.
BUT Gaby writes to say that actually, the Solomon Burke song in that " the way I feel when I'm with you" part in Dirty Dancing was 'Cry To Me.' and not 'These Arms of Mine' that appears in another love scene in the movie.