Dirty Dancing is a 1987 romantic film made in the United States. Written by Eleanor Bergstein and directed by Emile Ardolino, the film features Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze, Cynthia Rhodes, and Jerry Orbach. The story is a coming of age drama that documents a young débutante's (Frances 'Baby' Houseman, played by Grey) rebellion against her father (played by Jerry Orbach) by starting a relationship with a dance instructor (Johnny Castle, played by Patrick Swayze) during a family summer vacation. Originally a low-budget film by a new studio and with no major stars, Dirty Dancing became a massive box office hit. t was the first film to sell more than a million copies on home video, and the Dirty Dancing soundtrack generated two multi-platinum albums and multiple singles, including (I've Had) The Time of My Life, which won both the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Original Song, and a Grammy Award for best duet. The film spawned a 2004 prequel, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights.