In 1987, director Emile Ardolino brought Dirty Dancing to the big screen. The romantic drama, which starred Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, told the story of a young woman and a male dance instructor who find love at a holiday resort.

Filled with romance, and backed by a superb soundtrack and excellent choreography, Dirty Dancing became a huge hit, and to this day, it remains one of the best-loved movies of all time. It also boasts one of the most memorable lines of all time: “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.”

But this isn’t the only great piece of dialogue in the movie. In this post I am taking a look at various quotes from Dirty Dancing, to highlight some of the best lines in this fabulous film.

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The best movie quotes from Dirty Dancing

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Penny – “Oh, come on, ladies. God wouldn’t have given you maracas if He didn’t want you to shake ’em.”

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Johnny – “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.”

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Johnny – “What’s your real name, Baby?”

Baby – “Frances. For the first woman in the Cabinet.”

Johnny – “Frances. That’s a real grown-up name.”

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Baby – “Have you had many women?”

Johnny – “What?”

Baby – “Have you *had* many women?”

Johnny – “Baby, come on.”

Baby – “Tell me. I wanna know.”

Johnny – “No, no. Look, you’ve gotta understand what it’s like, Baby. You come from the streets and suddenly you’re up here, and these women, they are throwing themselves at ya, and they smell so good, and they really take care of themselves. I mean, I never knew women could be like that, you know? And they’re so rich, they’re so goddam rich, you think they must know about everything. And they’re slipping their room keys in my hands, two and three times day, different women. So, here I think I’m scoring big, right? And for a while, you think, hey, they wouldn’t be doing this if they didn’t care about me, right?”

Baby – “That-that’s alright, I understand. You were just using them, that’s all.”

Johnny – “No, no that’s not it. That’s the thing, Baby, see it wasn’t like that. They were using me.”

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Stan – “You know, I finally met a girl exactly like my mother – dress like her, acts like her – so I brought her home. My Father doesn’t like her!”

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Johnny – “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.”

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Baby – “So what’s wrong? What’s the matter with her?”

Billy Kostecki – “She’s knocked up, Baby.”

Johnny – “Billy!”

Baby – “What’s he gonna do about it?”

Johnny – “What’s he gonna to do about it? Oh, it’s *mine*, right? Right away you think it’s *mine*.”

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Jake Houseman – “Don’t you tell me what to see! I see someone in front of me who got his partner in trouble and sent her off to some butcher, while he moved on to an innocent young girl like my daughter!”

Johnny – “Yeah, I guess that’s what you *would* see.”

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Johnny – “You just put your pickle on everybody’s plate, college boy, and leave the hard stuff to me.”

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Penny – “Go back to your playpen, Baby.”

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Neil Kellerman – “I have to say it. I’m known as the catch of the county.”

Baby – “I’m sure you are.”

Neil Kellerman – “But last week, I took a girl from Jamie, the lifeguard. And he said to her, right in front of me, “What does he have that I don’t have?” And she said, “Two hotels.””

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Johnny – “You wanna hear something crazy? Last night I… I dreamed we were walking along and we met your father. He said, “Come on,” and he put his arm around me. Just like he did with Robbie.”

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Lisa Houseman – “I’ve decided to go all the way with Robbie.”

Baby – “Oh, Lisa, no. Not with someone like him.”

Lisa Houseman – “Do you think if we came back here for a our tenth anniversary, it would be free?”

Baby – “It-it’s just wrong this way. It should be with someone – it should be with someone that you sort of love.”

Lisa Houseman – “Oh, come on. You don’t care about me. You wouldn’t care if I humped the entire army… as long as they were on the right side of the Ho Chi Minh Trail.”

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Stan – “My God, it’s Cleopatra. I feel like such an asp.”

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Johnny – “No, the-the way he saved her. I-I mean, I-I could never do anything like that. That was somethin’. I mean, the reason people treat me like I’m nothin’ is because I’m nothin’.”

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Jake Houseman – “I know you weren’t the one who got Penny in trouble.”

Johnny – “Yeah.”

Jake Houseman – “When I’m wrong, I say I’m wrong.”

Jake Houseman – (To Baby) “You looked wonderful out there.”

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Johnny – “Sorry for the interruption, 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, but 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.”

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And finally…

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Baby – “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.”

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