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Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing quotes

41 total quotes

Frances "Baby" Houseman
Johnny Castle
Multiple Characters
Penny Johnson

Sorry about the disruption, folks, but I always do the last dance of the season. This year somebody told me not to. So I'm gonna do my kind of dancin' with a great partner, who's not only a terrific dancer; somebody who's taught me that there are people willing to stand up for other people no matter what it costs them; somebody who's taught me about the kind of person I wanna be. Miss Frances Houseman.

[to her father] I told I was telling the truth, daddy. I'm sorry I lied to you, but you lied too. You told me everyone was alike and deserved a fair break. But you meant everyone who was like you. You told you wanted to change the world, to make it better. But you meant by becoming a lawyer or an economist and marrying someone from Harvard. I'm not proud of myself, but I'm in this family too. You can't keep giving me the silent treatment. There are a lot of things about me that aren't what you thought. But if you love me, you have to love all the things about me, and I love you. I'm sorry I let you down, I'm so sorry, daddy. But you let me down too.

Marjorie Houseman: [while watching Baby dance] I think she gets it from me.

Robbie Gould: You think you can keep that straight, Johnny? What you can and can't lay your hands on.
Johnny Castle: Just put your pickle on everybody's place, college boy, and leave the hard stuff to me.

Frances "Baby" Houseman: So you're really a Rockette? I think you're a wonderful dancer.
Penny Johnson: Yeah, well, my mother kicked me out when I was 16. I've been dancing ever since. It's the only thing I ever wanted to do anyway.
Frances "Baby" Houseman: I envy you.

Neil Kellerman: Where's Penny? Everyone's been asking for her.
Johnny Castle: What do you mean, where's Penny? She's taking a break, she needs a break.
Neil Kellerman: As long as it's not an all-night break. [to Baby] Come on, doll. Let's take a walk.

Neil Kellerman: Johnny, my grandfather put me in charge of the final show. I want talk to you about the last dance. I'd like to shape things up a bit. You know move with the times.
Johnny Castle: Yeah, I've got a lot of ideas. I've been working with the staff kids on this between the Cuban rhythm and soul dancing.
Neil Kellerman: Whoa, boy. You're just way over your head here. Now, I thought you always do the mambo, huh? Why not dance this year's final dance... to the pachenga?
Johnny Castle: Right.
Neil Kellerman: Well, you're free to do the same, tired number as last year if you want, but next year, we'll find another dance person who'll only be too happy--
Johnny Castle: Sure, Neil, no problem. We'll end the season with the pachenga. Great idea.
Neil Kellerman: [to Baby] Sometimes he's hard to talk to, but the ladies seem to like him. See that he gives you the full half-hour you're paying him for, kid.

Look, spaghetti arms. This is my dance space. This is your dance space. I don't go into yours, you don't go into mine. You gotta hold the frame.

Nobody puts Baby in the corner. Note: ranked #98 in the American Film Institute's list of the top 100 movie quotations in American cinema.

Now, you'll hurt me if you don't trust me, all right?

Don't put your heel down, don't put your heel down, stay on the toe! Just listen to me, the steps aren't enough, feel the music.

It's not on the one, it's not the mambo, it's a feeling a heartbeat.

[voiceover] That was the summer of 1963, when everybody called me Baby, and it didn't occur to me to mind. That was before President Kennedy was shot, before the Beatles, when I couldn't wait to join the Peace Corps, and I thought I'd never find a guy as great as my dad. That was the summer we went to Kellerman's.

Oh, come on, ladies. God wouldn't have given you maracas if He didn't want you to shake 'em.

Go back to your play pen, Baby.