Friday, August 17th, 2012
Now, let’s get things straight from the start: Dirty Dancing is a killer film. I’m not a fan of the “chick flick” but this one is different and I’ll always sit it out if it comes on the TV. Swayze absolutely smashes up the moves on the floor and the soundtrack is full of schmaltzy 80s goodness. I’ve been trying to perfect the climactic lift sequence with various (small) female friends over the years but it always ends with bodies in a crumpled heap on some stinky club floor.
I have to admit I was pretty sad when I heard about Patrick’s death a few years back. He always came across like a genuinely decent guy and I’ve loved his performances in several films over the past few decades. It’s also worth noting that he was married to the same woman, Lisa Niemi, from 1975 until his death, which seems to be a rarity in the showbiz world. RIP Swayze. Badman.