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For Keeps? -- Teen idol Molly Ringwald stars here as a bright high school student whose life takes an abrupt turnwhen she becomes pregnant by boyfriend Randall Batinkoff. Naturally their respective parents are completely at odds over the pregnancy and only Ringwald and Batyinkoff think they can make it as parents.


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Release Date:
15 January 1988 (USA) See more »
From Backpacks to Strollers See more »
After she gets pregnant, a teenage girl must decide whether she should keep the baby or not. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
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Ringwald: 'Teen Pregnancy Is Still A Pressing Problem'
 (From WENN. 30 June 2008, 3:08 PM, PDT)

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Okay but uneven See more (26 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Molly Ringwald ... Darcy Elliot Bobrucz

Randall Batinkoff ... Stan Bobrucz

Kenneth Mars ... Mr. Bobrucz
Miriam Flynn ... Donna Elliot

Conchata Ferrell ... Mrs. Bobrucz

Sharon Brown ... Lila
John Zarchen ... Chris

Pauly Shore ... Retro
Michelle Downey ... Michaela

Patricia Barry ... Adoption Official

Janet MacLachlan ... Miss Giles
Jackie Bernstein ... Mary Bobrucz (as Jaclyn Bernstein)
Matthew Licht ... Lou Bobrucz

Renée Estevez ... Marnie

Darcy DeMoss ... Elaine

Leslie Bega ... Carlita

Helen Siff ... Landlady

Anne E. Curry ... Push Nurse (as Anne Curry)
John DiSanti ... Mr. Kolby
Robert Nadder ... Night School Teacher
Shane McCabe ... Amorous Porker
Jack Ong ... Rev. Kim

Sean Frye ... Wee Willy
Allison Roth ... Ambrosia

J. Trevor Edmond ... Ace (as Trevor Edmond)
Patricia Patts ... Desdemona
Brandon Douglas ... Trapper

Kimberly Bailey ... Baby Cakes
C. Darnell Rose ... Erin (as Darnell Rose)
J.W. Fails ... High Flyer
Monika Khoury ... Angel
Kelly McMahan ... Pediatric Nurse
Candy Peak ... Nurse
Robert Ruth ... Prom Photographer
Barry Herman ... Doctor (as Dr. Barry Herman)
Jeff Marshall ... Michaela's Boyfriend

Peggy Walton-Walker ... Bookkeeper

Bonnie Hellman ... Mrs. Sitwell

Larry Drake ... Night Clerk
Robin Morse ... Beth

Steven Eckholdt ... Ronald (as Steve Eckholdt)
Marty Zagon ... Manager of Quickie Nickie's
Annie Oringer ... Anastasia
Pamela Harris ... Beverly
Hailey Ellen Quinn ... Baby Thea (as Hailey Ellen Agnew)
Rae Worland ... Student
David De Lange ... Uniformed Official
Roger Hampton ... Roofer

Tino Insana ... Capt. O'Connell

Steven Barr ... Sgt. Blaine
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nancy Abramson ... Nurse
Sandra Jansen ... Nurse

Directed by
John G. Avildsen 
Writing credits
Tim Kazurinsky (written by) &
Denise DeClue (written by)

Produced by
Jerry Belson .... producer
William J. Cassidy .... associate producer (as William Cassidy)
Walter Coblenz .... producer
Cindy Pierson .... associate producer
Doug Seelig .... associate producer (as Douglas Seelig)
Original Music by
Bill Conti 
Cinematography by
James Crabe 
Film Editing by
John G. Avildsen 
Production Design by
William J. Cassidy 
Set Decoration by
Richard C. Goddard  (as Richard Goddard)
Costume Design by
Colleen Atwood 
Makeup Department
Susan Germaine .... key hair stylist
Robert Jiras .... key makeup artist
Tom Lucas .... makeup artist
Allen Payne .... hair stylist
Production Management
Jack Terry .... unit production manager
Ted Zachary .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alice Blanchard .... second assistant director
Kalai Strode .... second assistant director
Ron Wright .... first assistant director (as Ron L. Wright)
Art Department
Ronnie Chambers .... lead man
Bernie Cutler .... set designer (as Bernard Cutler)
Robert E. Denne .... paint foreman (as Bob Denne)
Philip C. Hurst .... greensman (as Philip Hurst)
Fred Paulsen .... swing gang
Paul Rylander .... assistant property master
John Schacht .... lead man
Terry Shugrue .... assistant property master (as Terry Lynn Shugrue)
Steven Westlund .... property master
Donald F. Winter .... construction coordinator (as Don Winter)
Sound Department
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording mixer
Ken Eluto .... assistant sound editor
Kirk Francis .... sound mixer
Chris Houghton .... apprentice sound editor
Neil L. Kaufman .... sound editor (as Neil Kaufman)
Hudson B. Marquez .... cable person
Jack M. Nietzsche Jr. .... boom operator
Rose Rosenblatt .... assistant adr editor
Dan Sable .... supervising sound editor
Lynn Sable .... assistant sound editor
Ann Stein .... adr editor
Special Effects by
Bob Stoker .... special effects (as Bob Stoker Jr.)
Jerry D. Williams .... special effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Debbie Arrowood .... camera loader
Mike Benson .... camera operator (as Michael A. Benson)
Brad Edmiston .... first assistant camera
Ron Grover .... still photographer
Frank Keever .... key grip (as Frank J. Keever)
William Kenney .... dolly grip (as Bill Kenney)
Ross A. Maehl .... gaffer
Randy Nolen .... Steadicam operator
Andy 'Eagle' Padilla .... best boy grip (as Andy Padilla)
Aaron Pazanti .... first assistant camera
Warren Roth .... video assistant
Robert Samuels .... second assistant camera (as Bob Samuels)
Jim Thibo .... camera loader
Paul Threlkeld .... dolly grip
Phil Walker .... best boy electric (as Philip D. Walker)
Casting Department
Bess Gilbert .... extras casting
Patricia McCorkle .... casting: New York (as Pat McCorkle)
Tomorrow Michaels .... extras casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Chase .... costume supervisor: men
Maritza Garcia-Roddy .... costume supervisor: women (as Maritza L. Garcia)
Anthony J. Scarano .... costume supervisor: men
Editorial Department
Scott Arundale .... assistant editor
William Kruzykowski .... assistant editor (as William Joseph Kruzykowski)
James H. Nau .... assistant editor
Jerry C. Rogers .... assistant editor
Mitchel Stanley .... assistant editor
Debra C. Victoroff .... apprentice editor
Susan Sklar Friedman .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Frawley Becker .... location manager
Brian Brosnan .... location manager
David Salven Jr. .... location manager
Music Department
Stephen A. Hope .... music consultant
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Fritz Braden .... transportation coordinator
Mike Padovich .... transportation captain
Other crew
Anthony G. Avildsen .... production assistant (as Anthony Avildsen)
Bee Beckman .... production secretary
Lawrence Bibi .... production assistant (as Larry Bibi)
Mary Connor .... assistant: Mr. Avildsen
Keith Crossley .... assistant: Mr. Avildsen
Joyce Wilson Fetherolf .... assistant: John G. Avildsen
Sonny P. Filippini .... script supervisor (as Sonny Filippini)
Lawrence Greenberg .... production assistant
Mark Hatfield .... production assistant
Robin Hinz .... production coordinator
Evan James .... production assistant (as Evan Malmuth)
Lynette Katselas .... dialogue coach
Sharon Langley .... accounting clerk
Toni St. Clair Lilly .... assistant: Mr. Coblenz
Marila Meggett .... assistant production accountant
Gloria Milone .... assistant: Mr. Belson
Susan Murray .... first aid
Cynthia Quan .... production accountant
Yvonne Ramond .... assistant: Mr. Coblenz
Reid Rosefelt .... unit publicist
Michael Sexton .... production assistant (as Mike Sexton)
Andy Spilkoman .... production assistant
Linn Zuckerman .... craft service
Tracy Brooks Swope .... special thanks (as Tracy Swope Avildsen)
Sandra Jansen .... special thanks
Anne Klein .... special thanks
Annette Lowrie .... special thanks
Mark Lowrie .... special thanks
Cliff Notes .... special thanks
Ed Orshan .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"For Keeps" - International (English title) (alternative spelling), USA (alternative title)
"Maybe Baby" - Europe (English title) (video title), USA (working title)
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90 min | USA:98 min (HBO Print)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

With star Molly Ringwald committed to the lead, the filmmakers were virtually guaranteed a funny and compelling performance at the center of their movie. The next step for producer Jerry Belson was to find a director. Belson approached John G. Avildsen who said: "I liked the script. I thought it was sweet and funny and I thought it was about something". But what most appealed to Avildsen was the love story. Avildsen noted: "I was drawn by the romantic aspect of it rather than the chance to make a moral tract. The background to the story is the problem that Stan and Darcy have, but the essence of it is how their relationship matures and how their problem almost breaks them apart. The script works like any great love story. Stan and Darcy are such great characters and they're so good together that you're rooting for them all the way. You want them to work out their problems and stay together. It's really very suspenseful".See more »
Mr. Bobrucz:You, Fifi, can take your French fruit and stuff it up your big bird!See more »
Movie Connections:
Features The Saga of Life (1982) (TV)See more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Okay but uneven, 14 December 2007

The story is a sweet romantic comedy about teen pregnancy. Unfortunately it is a bit uneven. Funny, then drama, then complicated. The characters are well played in each part.

I remember sitting in the theater watching this. During the first half of the movie, it's quite sweet and more than a little humorous, but then, about the time of the baby's birth, the tone takes a drastic and sudden downturn. It seemed to me that someone from some parents league had cornered the director and said something like, "If you make a light-hearted comedy about pregnant teens, then teens all over America are going to think it's fun to have a baby... Why not show some of the problems young couples with children have to face?" The second part of the movie piles on so much trouble, misfortune and drama that it seems like some kind of Lifetime docudrama. So much in their young lives goes wrong that in order to have an acceptable ending, too much has to go right all at once. The ending just doesn't seem believable because it is such a sudden jump from the end of the second act.

I liked the characters, who remained believable throughout the various situations. The plot and direction could have been worked out a bit more carefully.

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