"Nobody puts Baby in a corner."
Description: Patrick Swayze as Johnny Castle defends his girlfriend Frances "Baby" Houseman (Jennifer Grey) in the motion picture Dirty Dancing (1987).
"That was the summer of 1963 - when everybody called me Baby, and it didn't occur to me to mind. That was before President Kennedy was shot, before the Beatles came, when I couldn't wait to join the Peace Corps, and I thought I'd never find a guy as great as my dad. That was the summer we went to Kellerman's." - Opening Narration
Frances "Baby" Houseman is a 17-year-old daddy's girl who accompanies her family to Kellerman's, a popular Upstate New York resort in the Catskill Mountains that was a popular playground for the Jewish community of the times.
“The reason people treat me like nothing is because I am nothing” - Johnny Castle
During her stay, Baby meets Johnny Castle, the resort's handsome dancing instructor who is lusted after by the older women at the holiday getaway. As Neil Kellerman (Lonny Price) says about Johnny and his partner, Penny Johnson (Cynthia Rhodes), "Oh, them. They're the dance people. They're here to keep the, uh, guests happy."
Baby gets closer to Johnny when she notices a new kind of dancing going on at a local hangout that involves bumping and grinding your dance partner. Johnny invites Baby to the dance floor and Baby quickly picks up the sexy "dirty dance" moves. And of course, Baby and Johnny soon fall head over heels in love with each other.
|Baby:||Have you had many women?|
|Baby:||Have you "had" many women?|
|Johnny:||Baby, come on.|
|Baby:||Tell me. I wanna know.|
|Johnny:||No, no. Look, you've gotta understand what it's like, Baby. You come from the streets and suddenly you're up here, and these women, they are throwing themselves at ya, and they smell so good, and they really take care of themselves. I mean, I never knew women could be like that, you know? And they're so rich, they're so goddam rich, you think they must know about everything. And they're slipping their room keys in my hands, two and three times day, different women. So, here I think I'm scoring big, right? And for a while, you think, hey, they wouldn't be doing this if they didn't care about me, right?|
|Baby:||That-that's alright, I understand. You were just using them, that's all.|
|Johnny:||No, no that's not it. That's the thing, Baby, see it wasn't like that. They were using me.|
Meanwhile, Penny has a fling with Robbie Gould, one of the waiters at the resort and gets pregnant, so Baby helps Penny get an abortion by borrowing money from her father, Dr. Jake Houseman (Jerry Orbach). With Penny incapacitated, Baby volunteers to be Johnny's dance partner.
"Look, spaghetti arms. This is my dance space. This is your dance space. I don't go into yours, you don't go into mine. You gotta hold the frame." - Johnny
At one point, Robbie, the creep who got Penny pregnant, tries to put the make on Baby, so she tells him, "You make me sick. Stay away from me, stay away from my sister or I'll have you fired," and then she pours the jug of water on his crotch.
Later, when the abortion goes bad and Penny is in dire need of medical attention ("the guy had a dirty knife and a folding table"), Baby rushes to her father for help. Impressed with how Dr. Hausman helped Penny, Johnny admits, "No, the-the way he saved her. I-I mean, I-I could never do anything like that. That was somethin'. I mean, the reason people treat me like I'm nothin' is because I'm nothin'." Supportive, Baby responds, "That's not true! You. You're everything." Johnny continues, "You don't understand the way it is, I mean for somebody like me. Last month, I'm-I-I'm eating Jujubes to keep alive, this month women are stuffing diamonds in my pockets. I'm bouncing on shit and quick as that I could be down there again."
"I'm scared of everything. I'm scared of what I saw, I'm scared of what I did, of who I am, and most of all I'm scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I'm with you."
Later, Baby's father forbids Baby from having any further contact with Johnny and those dancers. However, Baby is in love and she disobeys her father to be with Johnny.
To complicate matters, Johnny is accused of stealing the customer's wallets and he is banned from the resort. Baby knows that it could not have been Johnny because she spent the night with him. Baby is reluctant to offer that information, but she does. Later, the truth about the theft comes out. It was Sylvia and Sidney Schumacher, the "little old couple" that had stolen the wallets.
|Baby:||So then - so then it's all right! I knew it would work out. I knew they'd have to apologize...|
|Johnny:||I'm out, Baby.|
|Baby:||They fired you anyway because of me.|
|Johnny:||And if I leave quietly, I'll get my summer bonus.|
|Baby:||So I did it for nothing. I hurt my family, you lost your job anyway, I did it for "nothing"!|
|Johnny:||No, no, not for nothin', Baby! Nobody has ever done anything like that for me before.|
|Baby:||You were right, Johnny. You can't win no matter what you do!|
|Johnny:||You listen to me. I don't wanna hear that from you. "You" can!|
|Baby:||I used to think so.|
In the end, Johnny returns triumphantly to the resort and dances up a storm with Baby as his partner. As he enters the dinner hall, he walks up to the Houseman table and tells Dr. Houseman "Nobody puts Baby in a corner." Taking Baby by the hand, he pulls her away from the corner of the wall and walks on stage to address the audience:
"Sorry about the disruption folks, but I always do the last dance of the season. This year somebody told me not to. So I'm gonna do my kind of dancin' with a great partner. She's not only a terrific dancer but somebody who taught me that there are some people willing to stand up for other people no matter what it costs them. Somebody who taught me about the kind of person I want to be. Miss Frances Hausman."
When Dr. Houseman learns the whole truth about things he says to Johnny, "I know you weren't the one who got Penny in trouble. When I'm wrong, I say I'm wrong." Then he tells Baby, "You looked wonderful out there."
Earlier, Baby's father told Johnny "Don't you tell me what to see! I see someone in front of me who got his partner in trouble and sent her off to some butcher, while he moved on to an innocent young girl like my daughter!" Angry, Johnny replied, "Yeah, I guess that's what you would see."