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First Love (1977)

A young man is in love for the first time. However, his girlfriend is older than him, from a rich family and has more experience with relationships. Their love is sometimes emotionally draining, but physically very passionate. Can it last?

Director:

Joan Darling

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Harold Brodkey (story "Sentimental Education"), Jane Stanton Hitchcock (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Katt ... Elgin Smith
Susan Dey ... Caroline Hedges
John Heard ... David Bonner
Beverly D'Angelo ... Shelley
Robert Loggia ... John March
Tom Lacy Tom Lacy ... Professor Oxtan
Swoosie Kurtz ... Marsha
June Barrett June Barrett ... Felicia
Pat O'Hara Pat O'Hara ... Zookeeper (as Patrick O'Hara)
Judy Kerr ... Secretary
Jenny Hill Jenny Hill ... Girl in Bar - Bonnie
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Storyline

Elgin Smith is a student attending Ridgedale College who spends his time working part time as a waiter on campus to pay for what his partial scholarship won't, studying, attending classes, or kicking around a soccer ball to get some exercise (as he isn't very good at the actual game to get much real playing time in his pickup league). He doesn't have much of an active sex life as he isn't in a relationship and he wants to equate making love with actual love, not only from his own perspective but also that of the other person in the relationship. In that respect, he is unlike his dorm neighbor, David Bonner, who has sex with his girlfriend Felicia, while he fools around behind her back with another girl named Shelley. Elgin's life may change when he becomes infatuated at first sight with a student on campus, whom he will learn is named Caroline Hedges. As Elgin is able to spend time with her, he, without truly knowing that much about her, does fall in love with her, as he believes she ... Written by Huggo

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Why doesn't anyone tell you there's a difference between making love and being in love? See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Italian

Release Date:

14 April 1978 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Den første kærlighed See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Heard was first offered the role of Elgin Smith but turned it down in favor of playing the part of David. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[a faceless leg, belonging to Elgin Smith, is kicking around a soccer ball by himself]
Elgin Smith: [breathless voice over] Inside. All right. Make it good, let's do that again. OK coach, why aren't you watching now. Watch out, Pele. Let's top that ball - top it. Yeah. Let's do it again. All right. Smith, the mighty foot, moves downfield with amazing agility. Intense concentration. Ah, you've been reading too much, Ben. Oh!
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Soundtracks

That's Enough For Me
Written by Paul Williams
Performed by Paul Williams
Courtesy of A&M Records
[Played while Caroline is on the train leading into the final scene at the zoo]
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Disappointed
5 May 2016 | by ohjoy6See all my reviews

Just recently watched this movie. Was excited to see it because I've always been a big fan of actors William Katt and Susan Dey, two "good kids" that I grew up with from the days of The Greatest American Hero and The Partridge Family, respectively. So imagine my surprise at the crude language and nude scenes. It was so totally unexpected, I got sick just watching it. Even the actors (especially Katt) seemed stilted in their roles. Needless to say, I was disappointed. The casting was poor, the acting left a lot to be desired and the plot was ho-hum. So if you are looking to watch a sweet romantic movie, move right along, this ain't it.


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