5 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Dirty Dancing’

The Movie Gang is bringing a special movie to The Franklin Theatre this Valentine’s Day. On Feb 14th, re-live the classic movie “Dirty Dancing,” which was released 30 years ago. This iconic movie, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray, grossed over $214 million dollars and won multiple awards including an Academy Award, Grammy and Golden Globe. At one point there were talks of a remake, but it never came to fruition.

Here are five things you may not know about “Dirty Dancing,” provided by The Movie Gang.

1.Throughout the film, Johnny (Patrick Swayze) and Baby (Jennifer Gray) always wear contrasting colors: Baby wears very light colors, and Johnny wears black or something very dark.

2.In the scene where Johnny and Baby are practicing dancing, and she keeps laughing when he runs his arm down hers, it was not part of the scene; she was actually laughing and his frustration was genuine. They left it because it was effective. Her falling over in this scene was unplanned too.

3. Patrick Swayze had to convince Jennifer Grey to be in this film because she had disliked him so much while filming Red Dawn.

4. The film’s soundtrack started as an oldies music revival, and demand for the album caught RCA Records by surprise. According to Franke Previte, before a single had even been released, there were a million albums on back-order. The ‘Dirty Dancing’ album spent 18 weeks at number one on the Billboard chart and went platinum eleven times, selling more than 32 million copies worldwide. It spawned a follow-up multi-platinum album in February 1988, entitled More ‘Dirty Dancing’.

5. Patrick Swayze tried to get the iconic line cut from the movie – “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.”

Before the show starts there will be live dancing on stage from the Roots Academy, roses presented to the first 100 guests provided by Always in Bloom and a very special Valentine from The Movie Gang.  Doors open at 7 pm, show starts at 8pm, purchase your tickets online at the Franklin Theatre website.

About The Movie Gang

The Movie Gang believes that nothing bonds people together like shared laughter, tears and fun. Born from a gang of longtime friends who love movies, “Movie Gang” seeks to share nostalgic movies with creative events, games, art, and raffles in the historic Franklin Theater. Their mission is to create a community that thrives on good clean fun and each other.

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