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One of the Most Heart-Warming and Celebrated Films of All Time to Air on

TV Guide Network on Friday, December 25 from 12:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. ET/PT

LOS ANGELES (November 19, 2009) – This Christmas, TV Guide Network celebrates one of Hollywood’s most cherished and timeless film romances of all time “Dirty Dancing” with a 12-hour marathon premiering Friday, December 25 at 12:00 p.m. ET/PT and running through midnight. This holiday season, friends and family can relive the magic, the music and the romance of this fan-favorite motion picture hit only on TV Guide Network.

“Dirty Dancing,” part of Lionsgate Home Entertainment’s extensive film library, became an instant classic upon its box office release in the summer of 1987 and elevated Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey to superstardom. “Sometimes a movie encapsulates a period or a moment in all of our lives in such a way that it never dies. And I think ‘Dirty Dancing’ did that,” Swayze commented in an interview featured on the film’s 20th Anniversary DVD release.

Fans of “Dirty Dancing” can also visit to share their favorite moments and quotes from the film, view behind-the-scenes photos, watch rare cast interviews online, and interact with other super-fans. is a one-stop fan destination for breaking news, online video, photo galleries, blogs and community, TV listings and more.

Set in the summer of 1963, “Dirty Dancing” tells the story of 17-year-old Baby (Grey) who vacations with her parents at a Catskill’s resort. While there, she meets Johnny (Swayze), the hotel dance instructor, who changes her life forever. Baby soon becomes Johnny’s pupil in dance and love. The film also stars Jerry Orbach and Cynthia Rhodes, with choreography by Kenny Ortega (“High School Musical,” “This Is It”).

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