Dirty Dancing turns 25: A Tribute to Patrick Swayze

August 20, 2012

Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing.

Today marks the 25th Anniversary of Dirty Dancing, the hot-and-heavy dance film that captivated the world with its controversial title and lustful moves.

Set in the 1960’s, the iconic 80’s film, stars Jennifer Grey as “Baby” Houseman — a young woman who falls head over heels for Patrick Swayze’s Johnny Castle after she sees him dancing at a Catskills resort on a family vacation. When Baby stands in for Johnny’s dance partner, recovering from a botched abortion, the sparks start to fly.

Unfortunately, Baby’s father does not approve of the dancers who work at the resort and definitely doesn’t approve of his Baby fraternizing with one. In the end, it’s six words from Johnny, and a very famous movie quote, that help Baby stand up to her dad: “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.”

Dirty Dancing caught the world by storm in 1987 and made Swayze a household name. Patrick Swayze passed away almost three years ago after a battle with pancreatic cancer, but not before leaving behind a legacy of films in every genre. In celebration Dirty Dancing’s 25th anniversary – the iconic film where he played Johnny Castle – here are four other Swayze favorites of ours, available to watch on DIRECTV.

This heart wrenching drama tells the story of Molly Jensen (Demi Moore) and Sam Wheat (Swayze), who are head-over-heels in love. After Sam is murdered, he finds himself as an earth-bound spirit trying to communicate with Molly with the help of a medium (Whoopi Goldberg) in order to help her find answers about his death.

Point Break
Starring Swayze as Bodhi the leader of a group of Southern California surfers who moonlight as bank robbers. Calling themselves the Ex-Presidents, due to the masks they wear during heists, they’ve been impossible to catch. Enter Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves), a federal agent appointed to infiltrate the gang to bust them once and for all. But when Utah falls in love with a lady surfer (Lori Petty), his sense of duty becomes compromised.

Road House
Danger, injuries, and broken furniture are all part of the job for tough-guy Dalton (Swayze). Soon after he’s hired as a bouncer in a Missouri bar to keep the peace, he falls in love with the town’s physician, mixing business with pleasure. Of course, not everyone in town is thrilled and trouble soon ensues.

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar
If the title doesn’t pique your curiosity, the fact that Swayze plays a drag queen along with Wesley Snipes and John Leguizamo might do the trick. The three amigas—Vida Boheme, Noxeema Jackson, and Miss Chi Chi Rodriguez—take off on a road trip out West in a shiny yellow Cadillac.