The "Dirty Dancing" Quiz

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About This Quiz

Did you have the time of your life watching Dirty Dancing? Take this quiz to find out just how much you remember from this iconic film.

It's hard to believe that it's been three decades since we were all at theaters watching this blockbuster film. Released in the late summer of 1987, "Dirty Dancing" remains one of the most popular films of all time. The movie depicted a summer relationship between 17-year-old Jennifer Grey, who played Frances Houseman, and Patrick Swayze, who played dance instructor Johnny Castle. Grey's character was nicknamed "Baby," which, if you don't recall, is where the famous line, "Nobody puts Baby in a corner," comes from. The movie gave us a glimpse of what young people do at those summer resorts as mom and dad, played by Jane Brucker and Jerry Orbach (yes, THAT Jerry Orbach... there was life before "Law and Order," you know), socialized with the grown-ups.

The film grossed $214 million from a paltry $6 million budget and won numerous awards. The movie soundtrack spawned four hit single releases and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. The film's legacy includes a potential remake in the pike.

Think you can ace this quiz? Let's get started.


Who says, "Nobody puts Baby in a corner"?

Of course it's Johnny that says "nobody puts Baby in a corner."

Besides getting money for Penny's surgery, what else does Baby do when she learns Penny is pregnant?

Baby promises to fill in for Penny as Johnny's dance partner in a special dance at a neighboring hotel.

In what year is "Dirty Dancing" set?

"Dirty Dancing" is set in the summer of 1963.

Where is Kellerman's Mountain House located?

Kellerman's Mountain House is a resort in the Catskills.

What is Johnny accused of stealing?

Jealous of Johnny's relationship with Baby, Vivian sets him up for stealing her husband's wallet. Johnny is ultimately fired, despite Baby providing him with an all-night alibi.

What is Baby's real name?

Baby tells Johnny her real name is Frances, after U.S. Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins.

What animal does Baby receive as a prize for helping out at the magic show?

Baby gets a chicken for helping out at the magic show.

What is the name of Johnny's cousin at the resort who befriends Baby?

Billy and Johnny are cousins and both work at Kellerman's Mountain House.

What is the name of Johnny's dance partner who gets pregnant?

Penny is a dance instructor at Kellerman's who gets pregnant and decides to get an abortion.

How much money does Baby borrow from her father to pay for Penny's surgery?

Baby borrows $250 from Dr. Houseman to help out Penny.

What is the profession of Baby's father, Jake Houseman?

Jake Houseman is a physician. He is the doctor of Kellerman's Mountain House resort owner Max Kellerman.

What part of Johnny and Baby's dance does Baby ultimately falter on?

Baby, who struggles with the lift, ultimately chickens out at the Sheldrake Hotel.

What color is Baby's dress when she and Johnny perform at the Sheldrake Hotel?

Baby is wearing a strappy coral dress when they dance the mambo at the Sheldrake.

Who do Johnny and Baby spot in the audience at the Sheldrake when they are dancing?

The Schumachers are in the audience, and Johnny and Baby are afraid their cover is blown, but the old couple never notice them on stage.

Who do we eventually learn was the father of Penny's baby?

Dr. Houseman learns Robbie was the father of Penny's baby when Robbie thanks him for "understanding the situation with Penny."

What is the name of the resort Baby's family visits?

Baby's family visits Kellerman's Mountain House for the summer.

What does Baby say she wants to do after she graduates from college?

Baby says she plans to attend Mount Holyoke College and then join the Peace Corps.

Finish this zinger from Robbie: "Well, it looks like I picked the wrong sister. That's okay, Baby ..."

Robbie, who was dating Baby's sister Lisa, says, "I went slumming too," implying he slept with one of the Kellerman staff.

In the resort's finale for the season, what song do Baby and Johnny dirty dance to?

Johnny and Baby dirty dance to "(I've Had) The Time of My Life."

The resort owner's grandson, Neil Kellerman, told Johnny he didn't want him doing the usual mambo at the end-of-season show. What dance did he suggest instead?

Neil tells Johnny they should dance the pachanga for the resort finale.

How old was Jennifer Grey when she filmed "Dirty Dancing"?

Grey was 26, about a decade older than Baby was supposed to be.

Patrick Swayze wasn't the first choice to play Johnny (shocking, right?). Who was?

At 34, Swayze was much older than Johnny was supposed to be, so the first choice was actually Billy Zane!

Who did writer and producer Eleanor Bergstein want to play the role of purse-swiping Mrs. Schumacher?

Bergstein wanted her friend Dr. Ruth Westheimer for the role, but the famed sex therapist backed out when she learned she had to play a thief.

How many awards was "Dirty Dancing" nominated for?

"Dirty Dancing" was nominated for 17 different awards and won 12, including the 1988 Oscar for Best Music, Original Song for "(I've Had) The Time of My Life."

What year was the movie rereleased on the big screen?

"Dirty Dancing" was rereleased in 1997 because Conan O’Brien asked his viewers to send letters demanding it.

What actresses did NOT audition for the role of Baby?

Sharon Stone and Sarah Jessica Parker both auditioned to play Baby, but Jennifer Aniston never did.

What is the title of the "Dirty Dancing" prequel?

Patrick Swayze was apparently offered $6 million to play Johnny in a sequel but turned it down. He did make a cameo in the 2004 prequel, "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights."

When was "Dirty Dancing" released in theaters?

The film was released in the summer of 1987.

What other film were Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in together before "Dirty Dancing"?

Both actors were in the World War III action film "Red Dawn."

What song is playing during the opening credits of "Dirty Dancing"?

During the opening credits, "Be My Baby" is playing.

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