30 years later and she’s still carrying that watermelon

Although in the US it was August 21, in the UK it’s actually today that marks the 30th anniversary of the musical hit that is Dirty Dancing. Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman made all the females jealous by her ability to win the heart of the most eligible bachelor going (and the most sought after pin-up of the 80s) Johnny Castle. Whilst Johnny on the other hand, flaunted his way into the 80’s with such style and sex appeal.

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Johnny Castle and Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman | Instagram @dirtydancingmovie

So what does make this classic film so loveable? Here are a few examples of why we love Dirty Dancing:

The Soundtrack

The award winning soundtrack has given its audience dance fever with some of the film’s hit favourites, such as (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life, Hungry Eyes, Be My Baby and You Don’t Own Me. The film might be Dirty but this album is far from it. She’s Like the Wind is even written and sung by Mr Castle himself, Patrick Swayze. Who knew the guy could dance and sing like that?

The Dance Moves

Not only do both Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze make the cutest onscreen couple, but the dance pretty good too. The dance moves are exactly what it says on the tin, Dirty but thirty years ago this kind of dancing was a bit deal, controversial some might say. Now in the 21st century it’s seen as part of the norm (what other dance moves do you see in a club these days?) Perhaps this is where it originated from. The Dirty Dancing of the 21st century; night clubs in Soho.

The Cheesy Quotes

We all know the most iconic quote to have ever come from the lips of Mr Patrick Swayze to be “Nobody puts Baby in a corner”. But do you even know the rest? Some of the best quotes have come from this film. There’s even one relating to the title of this article, did you know that? (It’s watermelon related). Some of our favourite quotes are:

Me? I’m scared of everything. I’m scared of what I saw, I’m scared of what I did, of who I am. And most of all I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you – Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman. 

I’ll never be sorry – Johnny Castle. 

You wanna hear something crazy? Last night I… I dreamed we were walking along and we met your father. He said, “Come on,” and he put his arm around me. Just like he did with Robbie – Johnny Castle. 

I carried a watermelon – Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman. 

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