Patrick Swayze has been such a huge part of my movie-watching years. I can't remember which I saw first: The Outsiders or Dirty Dancing, but I fell equally in love with Darrell Curtis and Johnny Castle, and thus fell for Patrick Swayze himself.
Even though I've seen Dirty Dancing enough times to recite the whole movie by heart (providing much fuel for Hubby's make-fun-of-Cheryl fire), it's like a force that prevents me from changing the channel whenever it's on TV. When the movie was rereleased in the theater a few years ago? I was there, and yes, I even created a scrapbook layout dedicated to it. And while Swayze delivers many unforgettable lines, my favorite scenes are the ones in which he doesn't talk at all.
Screenshot from Dirty Dancing.
Click picture to play yummy, hot scene (not for young eyes).
Then there's The Outsiders - from where the title of this post originates - a movie that doesn't get nearly enough recognition, if you ask me (and by reading my blog, you did, even if you didn't realize it). This one's not replayed a whole lot on TV, but I of course own it (both versions, in fact), and it's tradition for me to watch it at least once a year (when I was teaching, I watched it five times a year). If you haven't seen it, you should add it to your Netflix queue (as in now; I'll wait).
Click on the top pic to see the super-cheesy trailer.
Speaking of cheesy... let's talk Ghost. Wait, wait, wait- before you unfollow me for sacrilege, I admit that I love the movie. But I - and you - can't deny its layer of cheese. That said, it makes me cry every time. In fact, just thinking about it makes me teary. I think I might have to put a moratorium on watching it for a little while because you know seeing Patrick Swayze play a ghost is going to be even more heart-wrenching now. I can't even look at the pictures or play the clips on YouTube, SO moving on...
I know it's a terrible movie (looking at Hubby, who I know is going to roll his eyes when he reads this), but I can't help it- I love Road House.
Screenshot from Road House.
Click on pic to see a trailer even cheesier than The Outsiders one (I think... it's a tossup).
His best role, though, was his most recent. If you haven't seen The Beast, A&E is having a marathon tomorrow (click on the image source below for a teaser, as well as links to other videos). I only wish he was around to film another season.
He put up one heck of a fight, in typical Patrick Swayze style, and hopefully through the awareness he raised, we'll soon find a cure for what took him away from us too soon.
I look forward to the day when my daughter (who is completely imaginary right now) is old enough to watch Dirty Dancing with me. That is how, I know, he will live on for years to come.
Rest in peace, Patrick Swayze.
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