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“I carried a watermelon” – 5 good reasons to watch Dirty Dancing tonight

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Dirty Dancing will turn 30 next year – we know, crazy right? – but despite the passage of time, the appeal of the perennial classic refuses to fade.

And we can attest to that: a mere four years ago we attended one of the special 25 year anniversary screenings that took place all over the country, and 25 years later the audience was still shrieking with delight at Johnny’s slick moves, still crying with Baby, and still having the all-round time of their lives.

Yes, we know what we did there and we’re not even sorry.

Here are five reasons it’s always a good idea to watch Dirty Dancing:

  • 1.

    The music

    What an era eh? Dirty Dancing’s soundtrack is the living, breathing soul of the film. So much so that it went on to sell a staggering 32 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time. From “Hungry Eyes” and “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”, to “Yes” and “Be My Baby” the soundtrack is all killer no filler, and has us dreaming about doing a bit of dirty dancing of our own.

  • 2.

    The dancing

    Well of course the dancing! For the entire film the choreography had us mesmerised. Who can forget the Sheldrake, where Johnny and Baby dance to ‘De Todo un Poco’, or the hot and heavy “I carried a watermelon” scene, or the final dance extravaganza?

  • 3.

    The Lift

    Talking of the final dance extravaganza, we really need to talk about what is forevermore known as ‘The Lift’. What. A. Scene. Johnny saying, “No one puts Baby in the corner”, Baby wowing her shocked family with her incredible dance moves (especially her annoying sister), and of course it all coming together when she makes a run for it into his arms without the lake to break her fall. Pure movie magic.

  • 4.

    The romance

    The searing, tender romance between shy ingénue Baby (or should we say Frances) and the older, worldlier Johnny will go down in history as one of our favourite movie love stories ever. Despite their obvious differences they were mad about each other – and the opposition from her snobby family and friends had us rooting for them all the more. And was it just us who rewound the “Cry to Me” scene over and over again?

  • 5.

    Johnny Castle

    Patrick Swayze’s portrayal of the brooding, sexy yet ultimately sweet and vulnerable Johnny Castle had us swooning. In fact we’re still swooning. Not before or since have we seen such appeal from a simple black t-shirt.

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