On August 21, 1987— 26 years ago tomorrow — director Emile Ardolino released greatness upon the world in the form of a classic love story (and my all-time favorite flick!), “Dirty Dancing.”
Not only did the originally low-budget film become a box office hit, but it’s left a lasting impression on generations to come, thanks to what I like to call the movie magic trifecta: a great plot with one-liners you can recite from memory (“Nobody puts Baby in a corner”), memorable characters (I would still have a life-sized Johnny Castle cardboard cutout in my house if it weren’t for a flood in my basement), and, most importantly, an epic soundtrack.
“Dirty Dancing” generated two multi-platinum albums and multiple singles, including the record’s most famous track “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life,” which won a Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Original Song, and a Grammy Award for best duet. And let’s not forget gems like “Hungry Eyes,” “Overload,” and Patrick Swayze’s “She’s Like the Wind.” Uh-may-zing.
Thanks to Frances Houseman (Jennifer Grey) and Johnny Castle (P-Swayze, RIP!), I still practice “the lift” with my friends every time I’m in a large body of water. I also perform the complete choreography to the move’s final dance number in my living room when the mood strikes. You know you do the same … do not judge.
So, with the anniversary in mind, tomorrow afternoon, The Frisky is teaming up with Idolator.com to pay homage to perhaps the greatest movie soundtrack ever by re-listening to the entire original album starting at 4 p.m. EST.
Make sure you’re following both @TheFrisky AND @Idolator on Twitter and be sure to use the hashtag #DDSoundtrack to chime in on your favorite “Dirty Dancing” moments as we guide you through the musical perfection song-by-song.
We’ll see you at exactly 4 p.m. ET tomorrow (Wednesday, August 21), as we press “play” together. In the meantime, get in the mood by watching my favorite Dirty Dancing scene below.