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That Night (1992)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 6 August 1993 (USA)
In 1961 Long Island Alice is just that bit younger than her playmates. She doesn't quite understand yet about some grownup things and is teased a lot. Her heroine is anyway Sheryl, the ... See full summary »

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Sheryl O'Connor
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Ann O'Connor
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Carol Bloom
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Kathryn
Sarah Joy Stevenson ...
Barbara
Ben Terzulli ...
Mickey Meyer
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Max Meyer
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Don O'Connor
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Mrs. Carpenter
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Mr. Carpenter
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Mrs. Rossi
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In 1961 Long Island Alice is just that bit younger than her playmates. She doesn't quite understand yet about some grownup things and is teased a lot. Her heroine is anyway Sheryl, the teenager over the road who has a succession of boyfriends. Alice even copies her perfume and favourite records, though she has never spoken to her. When Sheryl's father dies suddenly and she takes up with Rick, who is viewed with horror by all the parents around, she and Alice become firm friends as they try to keep the romance going. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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In everyone's past there's a love you never got over...and a summer when it all began. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for mature theme, sensuality and sex related dialogue | See all certifications »
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6 August 1993 (USA)  »

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One Hot Summer  »

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$20,194 (USA)
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Trivia

Eliza Dushku's first movie. See more »

Quotes

Kathryn: Ugh, it's the loonhead from the strike and square.
Barbara: He's kinda cute... for a greaser.
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References Father Knows Best (1954) See more »

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SUMMERTIME BLUES
Written by Eddie Cochran and Jerry Capehart
Produced by Andy Paley
Performed by Debbie Harry (as Deborah Harry)
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"She can't help it- she's coming of age."
5 March 2001 | by (The Poppy Field, OZ 69666) – See all my reviews

Suffering from insomnia and looking for something to watch in the dead hours of the night, I stopped when the satellite guide told me 'That Night' would be on. I wanted to see it because I like Juliette Lewis but had never got around to renting this movie. I got the strongest sense of deja vu when young 'Alice' showed up on screen for the first time and that clinched it, so I settled in to watch. Set in 1961, this is a better than average execution of an entirely cliched plot. Well-off, popular good girl (Sheryl) meets and falls in love with a sensitive bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks (Rick), everyone else disapproves, she gets pregnant, etc. The couple's only ally is Alice, a young girl who lives across the street from Sheryl. She is a lonely soul- tormented by her "friends", ignored by her father, talked down to by her mother, and obssessed with the idea of a love that will transcend her own, rather unhappy existence. She escapes through Sheryl, whom she idealizes- and who she ultimately is able to help in very important ways. This movie wouldn't really work if not for a nice period feel, very likable, sympathetic main characters and strong performances from the actors playing them. Juliette is as compelling as ever and young Eliza Dushku (who was giving me deja vu, I realized when I saw her name in the credits, because I had seen 'Bring It On' only two days before!) is terrific in her very first role as story-teller Alice. 'That Night' is by no means a great movie, but it is a good one, and well worth seeing.


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