Dirty Dancing has lots of fans, from the British couple that became a viral-video sensation by performing a perfectly choreographed “Time of My Life” as their wedding dance to Jezebel’s Irin Carmon, who says it is the greatest movie of all time. But in 1997, on the tenth anniversary of Dirty Dancing’s original release, the film was back in theaters thanks to one fan in particular: Conan O’Brien. The Variety headline read “Comic’s Obsession Lands ‘Dirty’ Pic on Big Screen” after the late-night host summoned 80,000 of his fans to call the studio and request the release—threatening to fire his trombonist if the campaign was unsuccessful. According to Box Office Mojo, that 54-theater rerelease was responsible for more than $500,000 of the film’s total lifetime domestic gross of nearly $64 million.
Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About 'Dirty Dancing'
- Dirty Dancing, By the Numbers
- The Dancing Cast Could Have Been Very Different
- That’s Not the Catskills
- The Real-Life Baby’s Name is Jackie, Not Frances
- A Chance Dance
- The Shoot Wasn’t All a Party
- More Like Not-Quite-As-Dirty Dancing
- The Music That Made Them Dance
- Conan O’Brien Might Be the Movie’s Biggest Fan
- Dirty Dancing Lives On