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You're a Big Boy Now (1966)

TV-MA | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 9 July 1967 (UK)
Post-teen virgin moves to New York City, falls for a cold-hearted beauty, then finds true love with a loyal lass.

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Bernard Chanticleer's father gives him two simple words of advice: "Grow up." Bernard knows that his first step is to find a girl who's "willing," but he passes up a sure thing, Amy Partlett, for a more elusive goal. Her name is Barbara Darling, an inscrutable go-go dancer. More than a few obstacles keep Bernard from his dream world. There's his doting mother, who mails him locks of her hair and weeps at the thought of her baby as a man; there's a malicious rooster, trained to attack pretty girls, patrolling the halls of his New York City rooming house; and most of all, there's Barbara herself. She turns out to be a man hater, emotionally scarred by the lecherous wooden-legged hypnotherapist who "counseled" her in high school. All in all, Bernard finds himself in an improbable universe with a calculated clumsiness designed to evoke his confusing coming-of-age. Written by alfiehitchie

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$800,000 (estimated)
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Coppola was desperate to film on location at the New York Public Library but the library refused because of the scene involving classic pornography locked up in a steel vault. However, Mayor John V. Lindsay was eager to promote the city and prevailed on the Library to change it's mind. This is why Lindsay gets a special thanks credit. The vault scene was eventually filmed on a sound stage. See more »

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Albino therapist's skin coloring was as tanned as that of non-albino patient Barbara Darling; real albinos lack pigmentation, resulting in flesh that looks nearly white. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Raef Del Grado: You absolutely must not use the book elevator, Bernard.
Bernard Chanticleer: Who is she?
Raef Del Grado: It's illegal, it's dangerous and it'll only get you to trouble.
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Referenced in Mary Tyler Moore: You Certainly Are a Big Boy (1972) See more »

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You're a Big Boy Now
Written by John Sebastian (as John B. Sebastian)
Performed by The Lovin' Spoonful
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A little-known gem of a little movie
25 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

One of my VERY favorite movies, but then again I grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in the 1960's and very much identified with the lead character, Bernard, when I saw the movie in 1966 at 13. Touching, funny, terrific Broadway cast and very well done especially considering the minuscule budget Coppola had to work with. I can imagine Mayor Lindsay's involvement, allowing Coppola to interrupt the Times Square "crawl" and to shoot in the NYC 42nd St. Library. Check out Coppola on "Inside the Actor's Studio" on Bravo talking about this film. He said he wanted to make a movie about the two best things in life; young love and hot pretzels!


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