Nitehawk has gone full-on Crazy for Swayze this March, showing some of our favorite Swayze films for Brunch like Dirty Dancing, The Outsiders, Road House, Red DawnPoint Break, and Donnie Darko as the lone Midnight Movie. Hatched is joining in on the celebration by providing weekly updates of fun facts, clips, and links related to these Swaz-tastic movies.

Our next and final “Crazy for Swayze” Brunch movie is RED DAWN
Saturday, March 31 at 12pm is the way to see it straight OR
see it with the comedic stylings of the Raspberry Brothers on Sunday, April 1at 12pm.

Wolverines!

Like the Twilight Zone in the 1960s, a lot of fear was shown on screen in the 1980s visualizing the possibility of war with the Soviet Union (remember when it was called that?). Well, five years before the Cold War ended our man Swayze was in a film that envisioned a World War III that involved Russians invaded the mid-west. Sure. Cue America’s love of home-grown militias and sanctioned violence and you’ve got…Red Dawn!

Side note: get ready for the re-boot coming out later this year where they’ve substituted the USSR with North Korea. Oh brother.

Our next “Crazy for Swayze” Brunch movie is a Hatched favorite – ROAD HOUSE
Saturday, March 24 at 12pm is the way to see it straight or see it with the comedic stylings of the Raspberry Brothers on Sunday, March 25 at 12pm.  

Pain don’t hurt!

Road House is so awesome that there’s not really much to write about it, you just have to watch it, bathe in all its glory. Still, key words and names are necessary: Jeff Healy. Ben Gazzara (RIP). Kelly Lynch. Sam Elliot. Patrick Swayze. John Doe. Fighting ballet. A man fighting for what’s right. One of the oddest prison lines ever uttered in film.

And tons of face punching…

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Our next “Crazy for Swayze” Brunch movie is the much beloved THE OUTSIDERS
Saturday, March 17 at 12:15pm and Sunday, March 18 at 12:15pm 

Facts about The Outsiders from the book/film official page:
Susan Eloise Hinton began writing the book when she was only sixteen years old and publishers made her use the name S.E. Hinton to hide her gender. Hinton has said, ““I wanted something to read.” “I’d wanted to read books that showed teenagers outside of the life of, ‘Mary Jane went to the prom.’.  She recalls, ‘The books available just didn’t read true, they didn’t deal with the real lives of teenagers.”

For Francis Ford Coppola’s filmic version (which features a young Sophia) he created a “sense of ‘family” between Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, and Tom Howell, by having them all living in the house together that they used in the film. Swayze recalls, “…we each has our responsibilities, and we’d argue like brothers. Sometimes it would get a little too real…” (GQ Magazine Article, March 2003)

Excerpt from the book:

“You really killed him huh, Johnny?”

“Yeah.” His voice quavered slightly. “I had to. They were drowning you, Pony. They might have killed you. And they had a blade…they were gonna beat me up…”

“Like…” – I swallowed – “like they did before?”

Johnny was quiet for a minute. “Yeah,” he said, “like they did before.”

Johnny told me what had happened: “They ran when I stabbed him. They all ran…”

A panic was rising in me as I listened to Johnny’s quiet voice go on and on. “Johnny!” I nearly screamed. “What are we gonna do? They put you in the electric chair for killing people!” I was shaking. I want a cigarette. I want a cigarette.  I want a cigarette. We had smoked our last pack. “I’m scared, Johnny. What are we gonna do?”

Our next Crazy for Swayze Brunch movie is…Point Break
Saturday, March 10 at noon
or
Sunday, March 11 at noon with the comedic stylings of the Raspberry Brothers

Sure, Kathryn Bigelow may have won the Oscar for 2008’s The Hurt Locker but that was simply paybacks for not winning with Point Break (1991). Pre-Busey meltdown, dopey Keanu in his prime, lovely Lori Petty (where is she now?), and a brief appearance by Anthony Kiedis, Point Break has officially reached surf movie cult status. As for our beloved Swayze, his dance experience seemed fitting for some sky-diving expertise in the big “thrill seeking” scene. Apparently there are a few references in the film made to other P. Swayz films like Dirty Dancing (Chevy reference) and Roadhouse but the best bit of trivia is that the word “fuck” is said 105 times. How can you beat that? Oh, with this…

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First up is Dirty Dancing
See it straight on Saturday, March 3 at noon
or
See it with the comedy of the Raspberry Brothers on Sunday, March 4 at noon

Let’s face it, we love P. Swayz because the man can dance. In fact so obsessed are we that the Guardian dissected his “moves” in a 2009 article. When Patrick Swazye blew in like the wind with our perennial favorite Dirty Dancing in 1987, he captured cinema-goers hearts forever. Sexy and smooth, with just the right amount of raunch, we can watch him teach the shy, blossoming Jennifer Gray about life and love through dance over and over again.

But we also loved him because he could poke fun at his dancing self. And this classic Saturday Night Live clip with the late Chris Farley is a perfect parody of his sex-symbol status and oh-so sleek dancer’s body:

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The More You Know: Basic Swayze Information

  • Born: August 18, 1952 in Houston, Texas
  • Died: September 14, 2009 in Los Angeles, California (pancreatic cancer)
  • Height: 5′ 10″
  • Mother: choreographer Patsy Swayze
  • Wife: Lisa Niemi (married June 12, 1975)
  • First professional dance job was as “Prince Charming” on “Disney on Parade”
  • He played “Danny Zuko” in the original Broadway production of “Grease”
  • “Skatetown USA” (1979) was his first movie role
  • He was in a 1979 commercial for Pabst Blue Ribbon
  • The origin of “Swayze” is Welsh