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You're a Big Boy Now (1966)

TV-MA | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 9 July 1967 (UK)
Post-teen virgin moves to New York City, falls for a cold-hearted beauty, then finds true love with a loyal lass.

Writers:

David Benedictus (novel), Francis Ford Coppola (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Hartman ... Barbara Darling
Geraldine Page ... Margery Chanticleer
Peter Kastner Peter Kastner ... Bernard Chanticleer
Rip Torn ... I.H. Chanticleer
Michael Dunn ... Richard Mudd
Tony Bill ... Raef del Grado
Julie Harris ... Miss Thing
Karen Black ... Amy Partlett
Dolph Sweet ... Patrolman Francis Graf
Michael O'Sullivan ... Kurt Dougherty
Ronald Colby ... Barbara's Stage Play Crew (as Ron Colby)
Rufus Harley Rufus Harley ... Barbara's Stage Play Crew
Frank Simpson Frank Simpson ... Barbara's Stage Play Crew
Nina Varela ... Barbara's Stage Play Crew
Len De Carl Len De Carl ... Barbara's Stage Play Crew
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Storyline

Bernard Chanticleer's father gives him two simple words of advice: "Grow up." Bernard knows that his first step is to find a girl who's "willing," but he passes up a sure thing, Amy Partlett, for a more elusive goal. Her name is Barbara Darling, an inscrutable go-go dancer. More than a few obstacles keep Bernard from his dream world. There's his doting mother, who mails him locks of her hair and weeps at the thought of her baby as a man; there's a malicious rooster, trained to attack pretty girls, patrolling the halls of his New York City rooming house; and most of all, there's Barbara herself. She turns out to be a man hater, emotionally scarred by the lecherous wooden-legged hypnotherapist who "counseled" her in high school. All in all, Bernard finds himself in an improbable universe with a calculated clumsiness designed to evoke his confusing coming-of-age. Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines:

The odyssey of a young youth who wants no part of sex...he wants it all! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 1967 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ya eres un hombre See more »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Seven Arts Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although he had quit film school some years earlier, this film was acceptable for Francis Ford Coppola as his thesis at U.C.L.A film school in 1966, earning him a Master of Fine Arts degree. See more »

Goofs

Albino therapist's skin coloring was as tanned as that of non-albino patient Barbara Darling; real albinos lack pigmentation, resulting in flesh that looks nearly white. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Raef Del Grado: You absolutely must not use the book elevator, Bernard.
Bernard Chanticleer: Who is she?
Raef Del Grado: It's illegal, it's dangerous and it'll only get you to trouble.
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Edited into The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Darling Be Home Soon
Written by John Sebastian (as John B. Sebastian)
Performed by The Lovin' Spoonful
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Every review here -good and bad-is right!
25 June 2009 | by jimac51See all my reviews

This movie is flawed,frustrating and...fun. What energy! What a supporting cast! What a cool score from the Lovin' Spoonful(not just "songs by")! But,yes,it is bizarre,especially for a mainstream film. It's bizarre in the way that "Harold & Maude" is bizarre. And if you think that H&M works,give this a chance.

I just emailed TCM to think about doing a 1968 retrospective,as they are doing for 1939. I'm not saying that the films of 1968 were more important that 1939,but'68 is the pivotal (post WWII)year for America. Movies,films,even TV was changing and in some ways we're still trying to figure out what happened. "Big Boy" was the coming of age movie that never got its due while hundreds of thousands of Babyboomers were indeed coming of age.


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