Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
The little film that could, this independently produced trifle went on to become one of the biggest hits of the year and one of the most beloved films of the decade. Set in the 1960s, it stars an adorable Jennifer Grey as the youngest daughter of a family who always spend their vacation time at a Catskills resort. Wanting to escape the stuffy senior citizens she is forced to spend most of her time with, Grey tries to get herself in with the entertainment personnel who work at the resort for the season, particularly a hot-rod dance instructor (Patrick Swayze) who can’t be bothered with someone as young and awkward as her. Situations occur, however, that bring the two of them into a romantic situation that you’ll delight in watching them struggle through. The music soundtrack is one of the best collections of nostalgia rock ever put together for this kind of film, culminating with the curiously successful original theme song ‘I’ve Had The Time Of My Life’. A standout in teen-oriented films, featuring a young woman who is constantly facing her fears and dealing with them by striking out on her own. Watch the Special Edition DVD, screenwriter Eleanor Bergstein has some priceless remembrances on the audio commentary.
Screenplay by Eleanor Bergstein.
Cinematography by Jeff Jur.
Produced by Linda Gottlieb.
Music by John Morris.
Production Design by David Chapman.
Costume Design by Hilary Rosenfeld.
Film Editing by Peter C. Frank.