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Cast

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Jack Twiller
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Crutch Kane
Aeryk Egan ...
Peanut
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Gina Gabooch
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Spider Bomboni
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Floyd
Beau Dremann ...
Angelo Gabooch
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Mrs. Kitty Twiller
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Mr. Joe Twiller
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Adult Jack Twiller
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Ubaldini
Gary Ellenberg ...
Drainpipe
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Mr. Malloy
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A friend delivers John Twiller greetings from a long gone high school girlfriend. This makes him open his school's yearbook - his "Book of Love" - and remember the old times, way back in 1956, when he was in his last year of high school and his family just moved to the town. He hung out with geeky Paul Kayne and tried to get the attention of Lily, who unfortunately was together with bully Angelo. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »
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8 August 1991 (Germany)  »

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Jack in the Box  »

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$1,382,259 (USA)
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Trivia

In the book "Jack In The Box", Jack Twiller's experiences are followed from elementary to high school, while in his screenplay, William Kotzwinkle creates a younger brother, dividing these experiences between two separate characters. See more »

Goofs

The poster for East of Eden shows a picture of James Dean in his famous red jacket with the white t-shirt and jeans from _Rebel without a Cause (1955)_, a movie which came out on a later date. See more »

Quotes

Jack Twiller: Crutch, the weirdest thing just happened to me. This, this girl offered me hot sex for a dollar.
Crutch Kane: Why didn't you come and get me?
Jack Twiller: Crutch, she was just like, nine years old.
Crutch Kane: So what? My cocker spaniel's only five.
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Features Rebel Without a Cause (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Why Do Fools Fall in Love
Written by Morris Levy and Frankie Lymon
Performed by Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers
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Almost, but quite a bit short.
19 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

At the start, this seemed like a decent teenage high school "coming of age" story. But, I was disappointed, because Book of Love not only has unnecessary profanity and sex crap, it also fails to create the warmth and realism that other classics like "The Sure Thing" or "Some Kind of Wonderful" or "Sixteen Candles" have. Like Rick Peach said, it seems like a made for latenight/weekend cable movie.

Another side note: I have to say, you gotta hand it to Eddie Chattanooga and his All-stars, the prom band. Even though the movie is set in 1956, they play a cover version of Mel Carter's "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me", which was not a hit single until a full 9 years later in 1965! I'm sorry, but with blatant anacronisms that any 19 year-old with Joel Whitburn's Billboard Top 40 book can spot, a movie can't be decent quality. ..3/10.


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