You Won’t Believe How Many Rejection Letters ‘Dirty Dancing’ Received

by Jeremy Spirogis
Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze of Dirty Dancing

1987’s Dirty Dancing has gone onto turning into one of the referenced love tales — with quite a lot of social commentary on the core — of all time. The movie, usually utilizing dance to mirror on social class and wealth, incorporates a younger Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze as Baby and Johnny respectively. 

Though raking in over $213 million on the field workplace throughout the summer time it premiered, Dirty Dancing was filmed on a $6 million finances, in keeping with Variety in Lake Lure, North Carolina and Mountain Lake, Virginia; nevertheless, within the film, Baby and her household are visiting the dear Catskills in New York. Though Dirty Dancing is a basic — and Vestron Pictures’ sole declare to fame — the film’s journey to glory was not with out roadblocks…many, many roadblocks.

Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze of Dirty Dancing
American actors Patrick Swayze (1952 – 2009) and Jennifer Grey star within the movie ‘Dirty Dancing’, 1987 | Getty Images

Loosely primarily based on screenwriter Eleanor Bergstein’s childhood, the movie practically had a shot at MGM; nevertheless, when administration adjustments swept the leisure firm by storm, the movie wound up on the reducing room ground. In between this occasion and Vestron ultimately selecting to proceed with the movie, the script fell in plenty of leisure firms’ palms and, let’s simply say, they didn’t see the attraction. 

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‘Dirty Dancing’ was rejected 42 instances 

During the Dirty Dancing episode of The Movies That Made Us, Producer Linda Gottlieb discussed what it took to get Dirty Dancing into manufacturing. She revealed that, after issues fell via with MGM, she pitched the films to all the main studios you’ll be able to consider. 

Then, in spite of everything the main studios denied the challenge, she went and reached out to a number of of the well-known, but smaller unbiased firms that additionally boast modest reputations within the biz. 

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Unfortunately, nobody wished to just accept the image a few younger woman who, through dance, “achieves sexualized womanhood” and comes to grasp and subvert “boundaries of narrowly defined cultural identities based on our class and ethnicity”, as Dunagan and Fenton argue in Dirty Dancing: Dance, Class, and Race within the Pursuit of Womanhood. 

Eventually, the movie wound up in Vestron’s palms — an organization who on the time was making an attempt to make a reputation for itself and break free from its not-so-hot popularity. Vestron, on the time, was identified largely for its straight to video naughty movies. So, what took so lengthy for Dirty Dancing to return collectively, and why have been so many leisure firms uninterested? 

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Inside ‘Dirty Dancing’

Dirty Dancing was a movie advised from a feminine’s perspective; it was about love, and there was an abortion within the midst of the film — a scene Eleanor Bergstein refused to take away, because it was important to the message she was aiming to create. 

At the time, studios have been dominated by males, creating motion pictures for males, with machismo thematic undertones. While this largely stays the case today (in some methods), it was much more true within the 1980s. 

In different phrases, these behind the main leisure firms (with cash to splurge) seemingly presumed such a gendered coming of age story wouldn’t promote, as The Movies That Made Us defined. However, these at Vestron noticed one thing in Dirty Dancing, and whereas their motion pictures after the very fact — Little Monsters, Street Trash, and Buster — weren’t critically acclaimed, beloved hits, we’ll all the time have Vestron to thank for Dirty Dancing…and, for reminding us, “No one puts Baby in the corner.” 

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