A ‘loving tribute’ is exactly what writer / director Adrian Buitenhuis’s documentary, I Am Patrick Swayze is. Well-paced and structured, I didn’t realise how little I knew about Swayze until the documentary was over.
Including Swayze’s own words, I Am Patrick Swayze features former colleagues, friends and family who had many things to say about the late actor. I certainly learned some truths – a few of which are heartbreaking but certainly facts that made me realise just how much it really took, physically and otherwise for Swayze to become the successful artist he came to be.
There’s no doubt in my mind that I’d have been crushing hard on Swayze during my teenage years, had I been born sooner than I was. Besides his movie star looks, I feel that Demi Moore really said it well with the words ‘I think he had a beautiful balance between strength and softness.’
I may have shed a few tears but a good time is definitely what I had as I learned about my would-be teenage crush; while also realising that overall, he seems to have been a rather decent human being.
To all Swayze fans, I say make time for this documentary. It’s one and a half hours of no regrets. All I need to do now is figure out precisely when I can watch/rewatch Ghost (1990), Dirty Dancing (1987), Point Break (1991) and several of Swayze’s other best works.
How familiar are you with Swayze’s story?
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