Flashback Friday – The Time Of My Life

Once again I’m linking up with Cathy at The Camera Chronicles for Flashback Friday. If you get a chance go check out the other links!

So far I’ve looked back at teenage crushes and books. So this week I really couldn’t go past a movie that was a major obsession for a pretty long while. It had the swoon-worthy hero, the ugly-duckling-becomes-a-swan heroine, music, dancing…

Yep: Dirty Dancing.

I was lucky to have seen it at the movies twice, and it still wasn’t enough. I was captivated by the dancing, the songs, the characters. But most of all, what spoke to me was the story of Baby. The ugly duckling, the good girl. Her coming of age, to use a cliche (nothing wrong with cliches). I think for any teenage girl passing through that awkward transition from girl to woman, we could all see a little of Baby in ourselves. The desire to be Daddy’s little girl while tasting what else the world has to offer. Meeting your first love. Stepping out of the safe family haven to meet different kinds of people. Finding out that maybe the beliefs and values your parents have instilled in you might not actually be right for you.

Then there was Mr Patrick Swayze. Who didn’t fall for him? He was sweet, funny, handsome, and ever so nice. He was the good guy we all love to see.

The movie also had some really funny moments scattered among the deeper themes, but the magic was in the songs and dancing. I wonder how many girls (and boys) signed up for dance lessons after watching this? And how many other teens (like me and my neighbour) tried doing “the lift” in the lounge room? Or at the beach (like me and another friend)? And why was I always the one doing the actual lifting?

There are so many favourite moments it’s impossible to name them all, but of course the “Nobody puts Baby in a corner” moment is gold, likewise the moment they finally do the lift, and the one that still gets me today:

Me? I’m scared of everything. I’m scared of what I saw, I’m scared of what I did, of who I am, and most of all I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you.

That does it. I’m watching at again tonight.

What was your favourite Dirty Dancing moment?

  1. Loved and still love this movie! Corny? Maybe. But I still love it. It’s also one of my mum’s favourite movies! I don’t know if I could pick a favourite moment…that quote is magic. Remembered it word for word. I had the soundtrack as well (on vinyl maybe?) so I love all the music from the film as well. Very sad when Patrick Swayze passed away 🙁
    Thanks for linking up 🙂

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    1. Yes, I had the soundtrack o the vinyl, plus the follow up “more dirty dancing!”. Loving the link up 🙂

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  2. I loved the soundtrack especially the song that played while they were on the floor in the image above…”baby…oh oh oh….oh sweet baby….you’re the one”. Awesome! Thanks for the memory 😉

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    1. Yes, that’s a highlight. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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  3. DD spoke to an entire generation and will continue to do so because it’s one of the raddest movies ever made!
    Johnny saves Baby from herself.
    Dance, personal awakening, romance and one of the hottest men of an era.
    There are few movies you can watch over and over like this one.

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    1. Well said! And 100% spot on! Glad you liked it 🙂

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  4. Oh quick where is my DVD….love love love this movie ! I often share a tear at the end of this movie, just magical

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    1. Got the dvd on now! Loving it 🙂

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  5. I need to watch this!! 😀

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    1. Yes! Go now! 😉

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      1. Haha 🙂 Hmm, wonder if I could watch it instantly on amazon (to rent)!

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