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You Light Up My Life (1977)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  31 August 1977 (USA)
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Laurie Robinson
Joe Silver ...
Sy Robinson
Michael Zaslow ...
Chris Nolan
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Ken Rothenberg
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Annie Gerrard
Jerry Keller ...
Conductor
Lisa Reeves ...
Carla Wright
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Charley Nelson
Simmy Bow ...
Mr. Granek
Bernice Nicholson ...
Mrs. Granek
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Account Executive
Joseph Brooks ...
Creative Director (as Joe Brooks)
Amy Letterman ...
Laurie
Marty Zagon ...
Mr. Nussbaum
Martin Gish ...
Harold Nussbaum
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Storyline

Laurie has been in show business since she was a child. Her dream is to be a singer, songwriter and actress. Her father wants her to be a comedian like him and Laurie only tries because it pleases her father. But she is a lousy comedian. She auditions for everything and is engaged to Ken, but Ken does not understand her needs. She has a one night stand with Chris, only to later find that he is a director. She has many emotions that have not yet been addressed and she must face them before she can get on with her life. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Sometimes when you reach for a dream you have to leave something behind. See more »

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31 August 1977 (USA)  »

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Un petit mélo dans la tête  »

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All songs sung by Didi Conn in the movie were lip-synched. The actual singer on the soundtrack album was Kacey Cisyk (often misspelled as 'Cassie Cisyk') , who also appears in the film as a bridesmaid. Debby Boone covered the title track, and her version spent 10 weeks at #1 on the U.S. pop music charts in 1977. See more »

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Laurie Robinson/Didi Conn: I learned something today, Pop. It was really painful, but I learned something. I learned that I have to depend on myself. I can't depend on anybody else and that's ok. You know why? Because I'm a really good person to depend on. Maybe I don't have someone that I thought I loved a lot really, but that's ok because I've got me. And I've got my work. And I've got my music. And I love that - more than anything else on this earth.
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California Daydreams
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An entire movie thrown together to sing the most over-played song of the time
14 September 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember this movie with feelings of sheer . . . agony. More than half of the film is commercials (no, really!). The slight excuse for a story could easily have been told in 25 minutes (and almost is!) The end result is a prefab love story of predictable schlock, all obviously thrown together in a crassly commercial attempt to wring a few more bucks from the contemporary Debbie Boone hit. Yep, that's how fast it was produced... the song that "inspired" it was still big on the charts when the film was released!

Despite decades of seeing bad movies, this one still impresses me for its extravagant, no-holds-barred, headlong jump into the most tedious, absurd, and indelible cinematic badness. It truly deserves to be on the IMDb list of the 100 worst of all time, and has never left the top 3 on my personal "worst" list.

Enjoy it for the sheer masochistic thrill!


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