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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:
Mrs. Rosen
Jack Davidson ...
Dr. Rosen
Nick Ferrari ...
Mr. Capadilupo
Dolores Messina ...
Mrs. Capadilupo
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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,420, 6 March 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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Did You Know?


Some critics disliked the use of Bruce Springsteen on the soundtrack, feeling that it sounded too contemporary for a film set in the 1960s. John Sayles felt that the songs reflected the spirit of the film itself. See more »


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 »


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 »


She's the One
Written and Performed by Bruce Springsteen
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Great movie
10 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

I echo the comments of the other review posted here. The movie seems very uneven, and that adds to its lure. The interaction of Spano and Arquette seems all at once real and surreal. Any movie which makes me think of it into the next day, must have significant substance. It is rare to consider "uneven" a positive quality to a movie, but somehow this one pulls it off..

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