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John Sayles (screenplay)
Amy Robinson (story)
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Release Date:
4 March 1983 (USA) See more »
There's the first one. There's the right one. And there's the one you never forget.
In 1966 New Jersey, Jill Rosen, a frustrated high schooler, is intrigued by an enigmatic new student known only as the Sheik... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rosanna Arquette ... Jill Rosen

Vincent Spano ... Albert 'Sheik' Capadilupo

Joanna Merlin ... Mrs. Rosen
Jack Davidson ... Dr. Rosen
Nick Ferrari ... Mr. Capadilupo
Dolores Messina ... Mrs. Capadilupo
Leora Dana ... Miss Vernon, Teacher

Bill Raymond ... Mr. Ripeppi, Teacher (as William Joseph Raymond)

Sam McMurray ... Mr. McManus, Teacher

Liane Curtis ... Jody, High School Girl
Claudia Sherman ... Beth, High School Girl
Marta Kober ... Debra

Tracy Pollan ... Leslie, College Girl
Rachel Dretzin ... Shelly, College Girl
Susan Derendorf ... Chris, College Girl

Frank Vincent ... Vinnie
Robin Johnson ... Joann
Gary McCleery ... Rat

Matthew Modine ... Steve
John Ferraro ... Plasky
Merel Poloway ... Miss Katz

Donnie Kehr ... Barry (as Don Kehr)

Michael E. Knight ... Phillip (as Michael Knight)

Robert Downey Jr. ... Stewart
Brian Wry ... Georgie
Richard Kantor ... Curtis
Stephanie Keyser ... Laura
Julie Philips ... Karen
Frank Zagarino ... Lew (as Frank Anthony Zagarino)
Art Halperin ... Band Leader

Caroline Aaron ... Waitress
Jonathan Gero ... Jack
Susan Busset ... Prom Singer
Steven Reed ... Prom Singer
Stephen Donato ... Prom Singer

Fisher Stevens ... Stage Manager
Robin Geller ... Tripper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Phillip Brock ... Biff

Laura D'Arista ... (uncredited)
Charles Mitchell ... College Student (uncredited)

Directed by
John Sayles 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Amy Robinson  story
John Sayles  screenplay

Produced by
Robert F. Colesberry .... associate producer
Griffin Dunne .... producer
Amy Robinson .... producer
Cinematography by
Michael Ballhaus 
Film Editing by
Sonya Polonsky 
Casting by
Margery Simkin 
Production Design by
Jeffrey Townsend 
Set Decoration by
Carol Nast 
Costume Design by
Franne Lee 
Makeup Department
Anne Popischil .... hair stylist (as Anne Pospischil)
James Sarzotti .... makeup artist
Production Management
Robert F. Colesberry .... production manager
Tom Razzano .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Falvey .... dga trainee (as Frank X. Falvey)
Ray Greenfield .... first assistant director (as Raymond L. Greenfield)
Ray Greenfield .... second assistant director
Ira Halberstadt .... second assistant director
Art Department
Tommy Allen .... property master
Nora Chavooshian .... assistant art director
Anthony Dunne .... carpenter
Ann Edgeworth .... assistant props (as Ann L. Edgeworth)
Julie Edgeworth .... assistant props
Sandy Hamilton .... head set dresser
Teri Kane .... set dresser
Anamarie Michnevich .... outside props
Leslie A. Pope .... set dresser (as Leslie Ann Pope)
Sound Department
Eric L. Beason .... assistant sound editor
Michael C. Blundell .... sound assistant (as Michael Blundell)
Tom Fleischman .... sound re-recording mixer
David Platt .... boom operator
Sanford Rackow .... sound editor (as Sanford P. Rackow)
William S. Scharf .... sound editor
Jeff Schechter .... apprentice sound editor (as Jeffrey Schechter)
Scott D. Smith .... sound mixer (as Scott Smith)
Neil Eric Wenger .... apprentice sound editor (as Neil Wenger)
Jeffrey Wolf .... sound editor (as Jeffrey H. Wolf)
Harry Madsen .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Florian Ballhaus .... assistant camera
Jan Sebastian Ballhaus .... assistant camera (as Sebastian Ballhaus)
Arthur Blum .... grip
Garrett Brown .... Steadicam operator
Hans-Günther Bücking .... first assistant camera (as Hans Gunther Bücking)
Stefan Czapsky .... gaffer
Robert K. Feldmann .... grip (as Robert Feldmann)
Morris Flam .... best boy
Maris H. Jansons .... key grip (as Maris Jansons)
Michael Papadapolous .... electrician (as Michael Papadopoulos)
Michael Trim .... electrician
Barry Wetcher .... still photographer
Casting Department
Lisa Clarkson .... extras casting (as Lisa C. Clarkson)
Noreen Kochicas .... casting assistant: principals
Trace Rosell .... extras casting assistant (as Tracé Rosel)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alice Billman .... wardrobe assistant
Robert Iannaccone .... wardrobe supervisor (as Robert J. Iannaccone)
Dawn Johnson .... wardrobe supervisor
Brian Kelly .... wardrobe assistant
Stacy Sandler .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Kristina Boden .... assistant editor
Dorian Harris .... assistant editor
Beriau Picard .... assistant editor
Suzanne Pillsbury .... apprentice editor
Music Department
Joel Dorn .... music coordinator
Todd Kasow .... music editor
Robin Katz .... assistant music editor
Transportation Department
Rocco Derasmo .... transportation captain
Other crew
Tony Adler .... production assistant (as Anthony B. Adler)
Adam Brooks .... script supervisor
Judith Lyn Brown .... assistant production office coordinator
Alex Dunne .... production assistant
John Gabriele .... production assistant
Shelley Houis .... production office coordinator
Holly Huckins .... research assistant
Scott Levin .... production assistant
Dennis J. Lootens .... operator: Cinemobile (as Dennis Joseph Lootens)
Paul Marcus .... production assistant
Malia Scotch Marmo .... production assistant (as Malia Marmo)
Kathleen McCoy .... production assistant
Kathleen McGill .... production accountant
Linda H. Miller .... location auditor
Charles Mitchell .... lead stand-in (as Chip Mitchell)
Ruth Mullen .... research assistant
Philip Murphy .... production assistant
Michael Nozik .... location manager
Tom Razzano .... location manager (as Thomas A. Razzano)
John Storey .... production assistant
Crew verified as complete

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Did You Know?

The third feature film directed by John Sayles.See more »
Errors in geography: 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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Movie Connections:
References "Peyton Place" (1964)See more »
You Don't Have To Say You Love MeSee more »


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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Poignant, sweet, heartbreaking journey into the past, 28 September 2006
Author: azweasel2 from United States

After finally getting a VHS copy of this film, I find it is ranked right up there with my all-time favorites. Perhaps you had to have lived in that time, or attended a big-city high school or just be an incurable romantic to relate.

Even though this film is 23 years old, the emotions, settings and tragedies of young, rudder-less love are universal and timeless. Is there any among we female viewers who has not either had or wanted to have a "Sheik" type pursue you? Dangerous, enigmatic and probably a big no-no, but extremely intriguing.

The film has many subtle nuances that younger audiences my not recognize since the scenes are not thrown at the viewer in quick-time, but the gentle, heart-wrenching moments with the main characters tend to stick in your mind. I will never listen to "Strangers in the Night" again without thinking of the two dance scenes and the emotions they evoke.

Spano and Arquette are outstanding as the two star-crossed leads and the acting is both understated and powerful in the same moment. When Jill tells Shiek she just doesn't love him in the dorm scene and he backs up and with a whipped look on his face asks, "why not?", his character is stripped of all pretenses.

Shop around for this video, as it is film making with heart like you don't find very often in the current film catalogs. Watch and remember and weep a little for what was and never could be.

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