Now I’ve had the time of my life / No I never felt like this before / Yes I swear it’s the truth…and I owe it all to you…It’s hard to believe that it’s already been 25 years since Dirty Dancing unleashed itself into the annals of American pop culture history. But thanks to the twists, turns, flips, and dips of Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, the flick has become an unforgettable classic with a cult following.
For all you avid DD fans, we take a look back at some of its greatest pop culture legacies.
Thanks to plentiful close-up shots of Jennifer Grey’s bright white Keds twisting around in action, the classic shoe had a surge of popularity. No gal felt the same dancing around their cobblestone steps again.
Watch a clip of Patrick Swayze’s early years as a dancer:
Dirty Dancing was one of those flicks that left a huge impression on the emotional (and commercial) power of a great soundtrack. As one of the bestselling albums in history, the eponymous soundtrack spent 18 weeks at #1. So many hits from “The Time of My Life” to “Hungry Eyes” to oldies like “Hey! Baby” compelled moviegoers to relive the nostalgia…and maybe even dance barefoot on a log from time to time.
“She’s Like the Wind”
Patrick Swayze deserves a high-five for crossing over from acting into being a chart-topping power ballad belter. “She’s Like the Wind,” which Swayze co-wrote, went to #3 on the Billboard 100 and #1 in the Adult Contemporary charts. We don’t know about you, but we can still hear that sexy saxophone interlude…
If bumping and grinding could happen in the Mad Men era, in which the movie took place, then it could happen in the 80s, too! Not since Flashdance and Footloose did dancing look so fun, but DD gave us a bonus by adding sex appeal in pairs into the mix.
The Infamous Lift
Confess: How many of you guys tried to do “the lift” in your swimming pool or a lake? Perhaps you still have head wounds from trying it on concrete? DD‘s core-building lift is a pose that’s been so gleefully attempted and celebrated, we figure it’s only been rivaled by the Karate Kid crane ‘I’m-about-to-kick-your-face’ stance.
Not since Anne Bancroft‘s Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate have we seen a cougar as scary as sex-crazed resort guest Vivian Pressman, played by Miranda Garrison. We kind of like to think the diamond-studded, bitchy wife who lived a life of unbearable ennui was a precursor to the Real Housewives franchise.
“No one puts Baby in a corner.”
One of the most memorable lines of all time, Baby! Even though Patrick Swayze’s character Johnny Castle felt like “a nothin,’” he saw a real special somethin’ in Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman and let the world know she didn’t deserve to be in a corner but instead, center stage! (Johnny! Johnny! Johnny!)
Watch a clip about Patrick Swazye in ‘Dirty Dancing’: