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Baby It's You (1983)

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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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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 <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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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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20th Century Fox was supposed to finance the film, but unspecified differences with 'John Sayles (I)' led the studio to drop the film. The film was financed independently, and Paramount bought the film for distribution. 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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The ultimate fantasy of high school girls of the 1960's
30 December 2003 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

I always dreamed and fantasized about falling for a hood like Sheik. "Nice" girls who grew up in the 1960's and were in the honor society were supposed to achieve the questionable goal of marrying a nice boy who would earn well and buy us a nice house in the suburbs, where we would presumably have some nice children...

And this, in a word, is what lends "Baby, It's You" its poignancy. High school is the one place, the last place, in which the unlikely and all-too-temporary coupling of a female "achiever" bound for suburban "niceness" and the magnetic male "underachiever" bound for urban "unniceness" can occur. Sheik/Albert Capadilupo ("Is he an Arab?" "No, Italian.") embodies all the qualities that leader-type Jill Rosen has been told time and time again do not make a good, suitable husband or match or date: he disdains academic achievement, he is "good" with his hands, he drives fast, he has underworld connections, he knows how to kiss..and possibly how to do other things. Jill Rosen, in turn, has dreamy eyes, answers questions in class, gets good grades, and has ambitions of being something very much more than a "wife," qualities which fascinate and often infuriate Sheikh.

In the course of the movie, the on-again, off-again romance between them -which features all the quirkiness and unpredictability of most high-school romances, and then some- lights up, then sputters, then heats up again. My favorite movie scene of all time takes place when a sleepless maniacal Sheik barrels up US Route 1 from Miami in a series of stolen cars, then collars numerous shocked and amazed debutante types in the Student Center in order to locate Jill.

Free of sci-fi special effects or surrealistic flashbacks, this is a movie for people who love and believe in "romance" in the truest sense of the word

  • that one brief "Camelot"-like time when two people from different

backgrounds and even worlds light up the world for each other, even though they sense it will end all too soon.

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