Baby It's You (1983)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  4 March 1983 (USA)
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In 1966 New Jersey, Jill Rosen, a frustrated high schooler, is intrigued by an enigmatic new student known only as the Sheik. Sheik is an Italian whose primary interests are his car, Frank ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jill Rosen
Albert 'Sheik' Capadilupo
Mrs. Rosen
Jack Davidson ...
Dr. Rosen
Nick Ferrari ...
Mr. Capadilupo
Dolores Messina ...
Mrs. Capadilupo
Leora Dana ...
Miss Vernon, Teacher
Mr. Ripeppi, Teacher (as William Joseph Raymond)
Mr. McManus, Teacher
Jody, High School Girl
Claudia Sherman ...
Beth, High School Girl
Marta Kober ...
Leslie, College Girl
Rachel Dretzin ...
Shelly, College Girl
Susan Derendorf ...
Chris, College Girl


In 1966 New Jersey, Jill Rosen, a frustrated high schooler, is intrigued by an enigmatic new student known only as the Sheik. Sheik is an Italian whose primary interests are his car, Frank Sinatra, and Jill. At first she is taken aback by his forwardness, but they soon develop a relationship, much to the chagrin of their parents. Sheik gets expelled from school, and Jill is accepted at an all-girls college. After a fight, Sheik goes to Florida to work in a club lip-synching Sinatra songs. Sheik becomes dissatisfied with his Florida lifestyle and goes back to New Jersey to try to win Jill over. Written by Philip Brubaker <>

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There's the first one. There's the right one. And there's the one you never forget.


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

4 March 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Baby, It's You  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)


$1,900,000 (USA)

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When the screenplay was completed, John Sayles shopped the script around to several major Hollywood studios who all rejected it saying they did not like the ending and would not support the film without major changes to the story. See more »


When Sheik and Jill leave on their trip to the New Jersey shore, they cross a large bridge that has the slogan "Trenton Makes - The World Takes" on it. This bridge actually takes you from Trenton into Morrisville, Pennsylvania. See more »


Albert 'Sheik' Capadilupo: When we were in high school...
Jill Rosen: [shouts] We're not in high school any more.
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Crazy Credits

At the conclusion of the closing credits, "For Dominique" appears. Presumably, the person is Dominique Dunne who passed away in 1982. See more »


References Peyton Place (1964) See more »


It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City
Written and Performed by Bruce Springsteen
Courtesy of CBS Records
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If it's so bad, why can't I forget it?
12 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In spite of the negative review above I would say this is a good film and a story that may hang around in your mind for a long time. It isn't so much a "movie story," a la Meg Ryan romantic comedy type, as it is a slice of life. The characters in this movie are much more like the people you went to high school and college with than they are like Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan! Life is messy and confusing and people change. People are attracted to the wrong people all the time. They make bad choices. They do things they can never forget. This movie reflects these human foibles and that is why it is a great small movie that got overlooked and under-appreciated.

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