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There Goes My Baby (1994)

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Graduates of a Los Angeles high school in 1965 see America's culture and politics gradually change.

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Stick (as Rick Schroder)
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Sunshine
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Finnegan
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Babette
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Tracy
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Mary Beth
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Calvin (as Kenny Ransom)
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Mr. Burton (as Paul Xavier Gleason)
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Shon Greenblatt ...
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In the summer of 1965, strict high-school Westwood's senior class in its privileged white suburb of L.A. graduates. Their relief to get out of the oppressive model of 'good American' behavior none actually adopted is soon spoiled. Surfer boy George Jr. 'Stick' is enlisting as volunteer for Vietnam, which is portrayed as a 'police action', panics on his last evening. Academic weakling Pirate, who intended to dodge a draft as drifter, suddenly faces the pregnancy of his lifelong true love Sunny. A spoiled 'princess' (also narrator) bitches because her parents want her to attend UCLA, not 'revolutionary' Berkeley. Calvin, the only black mate, lives in the poor quarter Watts, where the majority of his race plunders and attacks everyone, including class poet Michael Finnegan, whose family treated Calvin as an adopted son. Finnegan decides to symbolically deal with the hated school principal's patriotic pride, the Soldier statue... Written by KGF Vissers

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It was the summer of '65. Rock 'n' roll was alive. And the future of this country went looking for America.

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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2 September 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Last Days of Paradise  »

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$10,500,000 (estimated)

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$125,169 (USA)
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Filmed in 1990, but wasn't released until four years later due to Orion Pictures' bankruptcy. See more »

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At one point the narrator in talking about the Watts Riot speaks of the assassination of President Kennedy happening the year before. The Watts riots happened in August 1965 and the JFK assassination happened in November 1963, which would place it almost two years earlier, not one as stated. See more »

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Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »

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Mama Said
Written by Luther Dixon, Willie Denson
Performed by The Shirelles
Published by Windswept Pacific Entertainment Co. d/b/a Longitude Music Co. (BMI)
Courtesy of Original Sound Record Co., Inc.
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Those Were The Days
8 February 2007 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

It's the summer of 1965 in Los Angeles. And a group of photogenic high school students contemplate their lives and their futures in this nostalgia flick aimed mostly at baby boomers. Teenage angst, emotional turmoil, and general confusion comprise the fuel for a plot that centers largely around a colorful burger joint called "Pops Paradise".

Hollywood has been down this cinematic road before, many times. The screenplay here is conventional. Characters tend toward stereotypes. The kids are idealistic; the school principal is unrealistically belligerent and unsympathetic; and Pops has the requisite cool jiving disc jockey. The script's dialogue is fairly poor in that there is very little subtext.

Even so, the film has terrific 1960's production design. One of the main characters drives a black 1957 Chevy, the vehicle icon of that era. And, many scenes occur at Pops wherein a parade of old cars slowly encircles the front entrance. Clothes and hairstyles are typical for that era. Overall quality of acting for the ensemble cast is acceptable. Kelli Williams, in particular, gives a nice performance as a budding flower child.

Arguably, the best element of the film is the rock'n roll music. "One Fine Day", "California Dreaming", "Mama Said", "Barbara Ann", "Loco-Motion", and The Diamonds' "Little Darlin" are among the great songs, together with the title song by The Drifters.

Although the film's screenplay is sub-par, elaborate production design and some great oldies but goodies give "There Goes My Baby" great 60's atmosphere and the realistic feel of a turbulent era that now seems far off and illusory, in retrospect.


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