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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?


Joan Darling


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




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


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 »


Drama | Romance


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English | French | Italian

Release Date:

14 April 1978 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Den første kærlighed See more »

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Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Susan Dey's first nude scene. She appeared topless. See more »


[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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Antico Canto Siciliano
from the album "The Godfather's Family Wedding Album"
Performed by Carmine Coppola and His Orchestra
Courtesy of ABC Records Inc.
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Swwet and Innocent
12 February 2007 | by bronxgirlclSee all my reviews

This is a nice movie. Simple and straightforward. It's about first love. Romance and hope for something more. Its a boys first experience with a girl who is a bit more worldly. It has some sexual scenes, but these are done well. It is not insulting nor nasty in any way. It is a non toxic film and I truly enjoyed it. I might be in the minority, but I am a sucker for movies like this I have seen it a number of times and I think I will eventually purchase it on DVD to have. If you enjoy nice films that make you think or cry or make you wax nostalgic, I think you will enjoy this one. A sweet guy meets a girl who is involved with an older gentleman. She is torn between the young guy who has yet to find himself and the older well established man who is seemingly well to do.These two people meet, have the start of what seems to be a beautiful relationship which eventually goes awry. It is touching and bittersweet. I adored the character played by a very young William Katt ( Greatest American hero Elgin is just so enamored of his new lady love (played by Susan Dey of the Partridge family), but she has secrets. I loved the song in the film which I cant remember.

It is the perfect chick flick. A super movie to see on Valentines day or girls movie night and yes it will bore your boyfriend or husband to death, girls, you will love it and don't forget the tissues. I cry at the drop of a hat, but this one broke my heart.

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