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Baby It's You (1983)

In a 1966 New Jersey high school, Jill and new student Sheik from the other side of the tracks make their way in a first love romance.

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

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 <coda@nando.net>

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

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4 March 1983 (USA)  »

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Baby, It's You  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,900,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Robert Downey, Jr. has said of this film at the Robert Downey, Jr. Film Guide website: "At the time, I was working at a restaurant called Central Falls as a busboy, a lot of friends of mine were all auditioning for this. I had four weeks work in 'Baby It's You', and I told all my friends I was now, officially, a major talent and film star, and then they cut my scenes out. You don't even see me except in one scene, you see me in the background, until this self-indulgent actress leans forward to try and get more camera time. My friends called it 'Maybe It's You'." See more »

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The movie takes place in 1966 but all the Bruce Springsteen songs that were featured weren't recorded until the 1970's so they wouldn't be relevant. All the other songs on the soundtrack were actually recorded and released before or during that time frame so they fit and made sense. See more »

Quotes

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 »

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References Peyton Place (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Stop! In The Name of Love
Written by Brian Holland (as B. Holland), Lamont Dozier (as L. Dozier) and Eddie Holland (as E. Holland)
Performed by The Supremes
Courtesy of Motown Record Corporation
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A Great Film or Just Another Lesson
11 February 2009 | by See all my reviews

A big thanks to Mr Sayles for not letting the studio ruin this movie and shame on me for taking 25 years to see it. This is a wonderful and unique look at growing up, particularly that two year period where one is a senior in high school and then the year after they graduate. For many it is probably the most important two year period of their life. Sayles takes his time examining both the before and after periods with new friends, experiences, college, first jobs, first love, sex, etc. It is all here and unless things have changed more than I know, these are all universal issues that are still relevant. The fact that the story takes place in a very specific time and place doesn't matter much although the music, cars and other props are as carefully chosen as any movie I've seen.

It's sad that Hollywood rarely examines this most defining period in our lives. I was stumped trying to think of other movies that showed this transition. The closest I thought of was Bagdonovich's 'The Last Picture Show' and perhaps Crowe's 'Say Anything' but in both cases it was over a shorter period(just a summer in the latter). I finally hit upon the reason for this; and that is although it is a great game-plan for making a quality movie it is a poor one for making a popular movie. Unfortunately the studios have learned this lesson all too well.


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