Sunday, September 14, 2014

On This Day In...2009

Actor Patrick Swayze died of pancreatic cancer on this day in 2009. Swayze made his film debut in Skatetown USA, a movie almost as good as you would expect from a 1979 roller-disco comedy featuring Scott Baio and Maureen McCormick. A decade later, however, Swayze's career would be at its absolute peak with a run of hit films including Dirty Dancing, Road House, and Ghost. He even had a top ten single with his song "She's Like the Wind" from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack and was named "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1991 by People. Inevitably his fame faded some, but Swayze continued to act for the rest of his life, even throughout his battle with pancreatic cancer.

Key Library Checkouts:

Keeping Mum - We're going to avoid the obvious greatest hits and go for some of Swayze's deep cuts, like this 2005 British comedy where our man shows up as a sleazy golf instructor who seduces Mr. Bean's wife. Props to the costume designer on this one, as Swayze's wardrobe does much of his comedic work for him.

Donnie Darko - A teen comedy about a schizophrenic high schooler who unlocks the secret of time travel. Again Swayze plays a slime ball who spends too much time on a golf course. Just avoid the director's cut which adds a bunch of deleted scenes that should of been left on the cutting room floor, none of them even featuring Patrick Swayze.

Posted by Grahm Underwood, Library Clerk