‘Footloose’ or ‘Dirty Dancing': Which 80s Dance Flick Is it? [POLL]
It's becoming one of the most asked questions of a generation. Are you team Footloose? Or are you team Dirty Dancing?
When Footloose hit the big screen in 1984, everyone was channeling their inner Kevin Bacon and cutting loose. The film is based on events that took place in the small, rural, and religious community of Elmore City, Oklahoma, (Bomont, Georgia in the movie), and received mixed reviews at the time of its premiere. Despite the critics, the film went on to earn more then $80 million domestically.
The soundtrack from the film produced two songs that hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, and received a 1985 Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score. Footloose also received a 1985 Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song. The film's popularity even lead to a Broadway Musical in 1999, featuring many of the songs from the film.
"Nobody puts baby in a corner." And no movie takes a back seat to the 1987 box office hit, Dirty Dancing. In the summer of 1963, 17-year-old Frances "Baby" Houseman (Jennifer Grey) is vacationing with her affluent family at Kellerman's, a resort in the Catskills. There, she meets employee and dance instructor, Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) and the rest is movie history.
Like Footloose, Dirty Dancing was met with mediocre reviews. Regardless, the film drew adult audiences instead of the expected teens, with viewers rating the film highly. It was the number one video rental of 1988, and became the first film to sell a million copies on video.
The Dirty Dancing soundtrack spent eighteen weeks at number one on the Billboard 200 album sales charts, and went platinum eleven times, selling more than 32 million copies worldwide. The movie also took home the 1987 Academy Award for Best Original Score, and the song, "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" took home the Grammy in 1987 for Best Pop Performance by a Duo.
Now, the moment of truth. Which film do you prefer?