When Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey teamed up to film a movie about young dancers, no one could have imagined it would become the iconic hit that it is today. “Dirty Dancing” was released in 1987, and since then has made over $200 million and has the distinct honor of being the first film to sell over a million copies on video.
What many people don’t know is that in real life, Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey did not get along. They had filmed a previous movie together, “Red Dawn,” and where they developed bad blood. When they were paired together for “Dirty Dancing,” the tension of the stars almost ruined the movie. Fortunately, they were able to reconcile their differences and deliver a performance that is still remembered 29 years later.
Of course, what most people think of when “Dirty Dancing” is mentioned is the famous last dance. Set to the song “Time of my Life” sung by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes, the young couple perform a sultry dance that would go down in film history as one of the greatest endings to a movie ever. The song went on to win an Oscar for “Best Original Song” and Patrick Swayze was later awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.