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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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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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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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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 »

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

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She's the One
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Under-appreciated Gem of a Movie
31 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This wonderful movie, saddled by an awful title and a really bad first two minutes, played only one screen in Washington DC --- but my attention was called to it by critic Arch Campbell. Thank you, Arch.

Within five minutes the audience will be taken in to a love story, intensely heartfelt, between a Jewish A+ student and a smooth Italian greaser. This is the kind of love story which has slim chance of a happy outcome but slimmer chance that anything can dowse either the flame or the memory. Although technically a comedy, the serious under-theme is worthy of the great classics of European cinema; enhanced by true skill in framing the right scenes.

Many films are aimed at persons who view LOVE as pretty similar to attraction to a rented car; i.e. love what you've got, forget about what you ain't. This film isn't for them. If you've felt love's pain, see this one.


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