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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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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Actor Robert Downey Jr. has said of this film at the Robert Downey Jnr 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 (1983), 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 »


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 »


You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
English lyrics by Vicki Wickham (as V. Wickham), Simon Napier-Bell (as S. Napier-Bell)
Composed by Pino Donaggio and Vito Pallavicini
Performed by Dusty Springfield
Courtesy of PolyGram Records, Inc
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high school in 1960s New Jersey
4 April 2011 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

One of John Sayles's movies without a political theme -- and one of his only films made for a Hollywood studio -- focuses on the relationship between an honor student and a hoodlum in 1960s New Jersey. Jill Rosen (Rosanna Arquette) is getting primed to attend Sarah Lawrence College, while Albert "Sheik" Capadilupo (Vincent Spano) spends most of his time making trouble. At once a look at this romance and simultaneously a look at the changes in the United States in the late 1960s -- Jill is a totally changed person by the end of the movie -- "Baby It's You" is an almost mystifying movie. Jill and Sheik are opposites in practically every way: she is evolving with the changing times, while he can't stop thinking about Frank Sinatra. But either way, their relationship seems to be the only possible rite of passage for the two of them.

I've never seen a John Sayles movie that I didn't like, and this is certainly a good one. More than just a nostalgia piece, it shows the effect that Sheik has on Jill, and what the two of them are forced to realize about their romance by the end of the movie. Definitely one that I recommend. Also starring Tracy Pollan (Michael J. Fox's wife) and Robert Downey Jr.

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