“Dirty Dancing” premiered 28 years ago this summer. The movie was not supposed to be successful. Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey apparently hated each other from their previous collaboration in “Red Dawn.” An original main sponsor of the film, Clearasil, backed out when writer and producer Eleanor Bergstein refused to cut the film’s abortion subplot. Test screenings were a disaster.
But the film prevailed and ended up having a worldwide gross of just under $214 million dollars on top of winning an Oscar and multiple Grammys for the music. The soundtrack even beat both Michael Jackson and Bruce Springsteen on the charts. Nobody puts “Dirty Dancing” in a corner, and that’s why today it’s still one of the greatest films of all time.
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