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Who's That Knocking at My Door -- American legend Martin Scorsese made his feature directorial debut with this tender, touching love story about a couple unable to bridge the gap between their divergent worlds.


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20 January 1978 (Finland) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Zina Bethune ... Girl

Harvey Keitel ... J.R.

Anne Collette ... Girl in Dream (as Ann Collette)
Lennard Kuras ... Joey
Michael Scala ... Sally Gaga

Harry Northup ... Harry
Tsuai Yu-Lan ... Girl in Dream
Saskia Holleman ... Girl in Dream
Bill Minkin ... Iggy at Party
Philip Carlson ... Boy in Copake (as Phil Carlson)
Wendy Russell ... Gaga's Girl
Robert Uricola ... Boy with Gun
Susan Wood ... Girl at Party
Marissa Mathes ... Girl at Party (as Marrisa Joffrey)

Catherine Scorsese ... Mother
Victor Magnotta ... Boy in Fight (as Vic Magnotta)
Paul DeBonde ... Boy in Fight
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Thomas Aiello ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Marieka ... Girl in Dream (uncredited)

Martin Scorsese ... Gangster (uncredited)

Directed by
Martin Scorsese 
Writing credits
Betzi Manoogian (additional dialogue)

Martin Scorsese (written by)

Produced by
Betzi Manoogian .... producer
Haig Manoogian .... producer
Joseph Weill .... producer
Cinematography by
Richard H. Coll  (as Richard Coll)
Michael Wadleigh  (as Michael Wadley)
Film Editing by
Thelma Schoonmaker 
Production Management
Barbara Battle .... production manager
Art Department
Victor Magnotta .... club designer (as Vic Magnotta)
Sound Department
John Binder .... sound
F. James Datri Jr. .... sound (as Jim Datri)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ron Clabeaux .... assistant camera
Ed Grant .... assistant camera
Chuck Shipley .... still photographer
Neal Walder .... still photographer
Max Fisher .... cinematographer: additional sequences (uncredited)
Other crew
Mardik Martin .... directorial assistant
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"I Call First" - USA (original title)
"J.R." - USA (reissue title)
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90 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Martin Scorsese's feature film directorial debut.See more »
[repeated line]
J.R.:I called first!
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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
"Love Story" Meets "Heart of Darkness", 2 January 2002
Author: failedscreenwriter from California

I am an unabashed admirer of Martin Scorsese's work, and his first feature did not disappoint. Filmed on practically no budget, this movie uses a nonlinear approach to storytelling that predates "Pulp Fiction" by some 25 years. One can also see a precursor of Scorsese's later cinematic technique, and just a hint of his nightmare-world view of New York that is so apparent in his later works "Taxi Driver," "After Hours" and "Bringing Out the Dead." Scorsese's trademark—finding the perfect piece of contemporary music for each scene—is also quite apparent here.

As the traditionally-minded J.R., the young Keitel turns in a riveting performance in his first film appearance, as a working-class New Yorker torn between his cultural norms and his love for an intelligent, independent woman. Bethune is today better known as a dancer and humanitarian, but as "The Girl" she is utterly convincing and nothing short of ravishing, with a presence both ethereal and self-assuredly erotic. The meeting of the two characters is really a meeting of the traditional with the modern--something much on people's minds in 1968 when this film was made. It's interesting that in some places this movie was retitled "I Call First"—the gist of the conflict between the lovers. J.R. receives a piece of information about The Girl's past, one that he cannot put into perspective given his macho set of social norms. Scorsese throws in a dash of the Catholic morality and male-centeredness current at the time, and we have a memorable exploration of the place of culture and religion in determining who and how much we love.

If you're a Scorsese fan, this film is a must-rent. If you're uninitiated, see a couple of his later films first, then go back to this one for a look at two future giants—Scorsese and Keitel—on their first project, as well as an excellent performance by Bethune, who should certainly have had more featured roles following this one.

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