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You Light Up My Life (1977)

PG | | Drama, Romance | 31 August 1977 (USA)
Laurie has been in show business since she was a child. Her dream is to be a singer, songwriter and actress. Her father wants her to be a comedian like him and Laurie only tries because it ... See full summary »

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Joseph Brooks

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Joseph Brooks
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Didi Conn ... Laurie Robinson
Joe Silver ... Si Robinson
Michael Zaslow ... Chris Nolan
Stephen Nathan ... Ken Rothenberg
Melanie Mayron ... Annie Gerrard
Jerry Keller Jerry Keller ... Conductor
Lisa Reeves Lisa Reeves ... Carla Wright
John Gowans ... Charley Nelson
Simmy Bow Simmy Bow ... Mr. Granek
Bernice Nicholson Bernice Nicholson ... Mrs. Granek
Ed Morgan ... Account Executive
Joseph Brooks Joseph Brooks ... Creative Director (as Joe Brooks)
Amy Letterman Amy Letterman ... Laurie (as a child)
Marty Zagon Marty Zagon ... Mr. Nussbaum
Martin Gish Martin Gish ... Harold Nussbaum
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Laurie has been in show business since she was a child. Her dream is to be a singer, songwriter and actress. Her father wants her to be a comedian like him and Laurie only tries because it pleases her father. But she is a lousy comedian. She auditions for everything and is engaged to Ken, but Ken does not understand her needs. She has a one night stand with Chris, only to later find that he is a director. She has many emotions that have not yet been addressed and she must face them before she can get on with her life. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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It's a song you'll always remember. It's a movie you'll never forget. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

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English

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31 August 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un petit mélo dans la tête See more »

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Mono

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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The singing voice of Didi Conn was provided by Kvitka Cisyk, who also appears in the film as a bridesmaid. Debby Boone covered the title track, and her version spent 10 weeks at #1 on the U.S. pop music charts in 1977. See more »

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Laurie Robinson: I learned something today, Pop. It was really painful, but I learned something. I learned that I have to depend on myself. I can't depend on anybody else and that's ok. You know why? Because I'm a really good person to depend on. Maybe I don't have someone that I thought I loved a lot really, but that's ok because I've got me. And I've got my work. And I've got my music. And I love that - more than anything else on this earth.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Steve Buscemi/Third Eye Blind (1998) See more »

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The Morning Of My Life
Music and Lyrics by Joseph Brooks
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Conn "Lights Up" tepid film!
15 August 2003 | by rosscinemaSee all my reviews

This is of course the film version of Debby Boone's hit song and it comes across as a rather uninspired effort but two of the actors in it make it a watchable flawed film. Story is about an aspiring singer/songwriter and actress who makes ends meet by being a stand-up comedian mainly for children. Didi Conn is Laurie Robinson and even she admits that she's not very good at comedy but her father Sy (Joe Silver) has other ideas about her career. Laurie is days away from being married to Ken (Stephen Nathan) but one night in a restaurant she meets Chris (Michael Zaslow) who is instantly attracted to her. He takes her to his home and they get intimate. The next morning she tells him it was just a one night stand and doesn't want to see him again and she leaves. A few days later she goes in for an audition because a film crew needs an actress to dub in the stars singing voice. She walks in and finds out that the director of the film is Chris! She auditions with her song (You Light Up My Life) and everyone is very impressed. In fact, they want her to be the star of the film! A few days later Laurie thinks she is in love with Chris and she decides to tell Ken that she doesn't want to get married. But then the roof falls in and she discovers that she has not been cast in the film and she goes to confront Chris who is busy with other females! The main story and script are very familiar and corny and the film really has nothing to offer that we haven't seen already in other films. Aspiring singer that has to tell her father that she needs to go on her own and telling her boyfriend that she really doesn't love him. Its been done before but this is not a bad film and its because of Conn and Silver. I've always been a fan of Silver and his work with David Cronenberg springs to mind immediately. The core of the film is the performance of Didi Conn who always brings a fresh realistic quality to her roles. She's the girl that you instantly take a shine to. She has that innocent and vulnerable quality that makes you root for her no matter what film she's in. Its a very natural quality but she's also a very good actress and her scenes with Silver are the best in the film. These two genuinely care for each other and its reflected on screen. One thing I noticed during the film were the scenes of Conn driving that old car. I'm not sure if Conn can drive in real life but she looks kind of uncomfortable sitting behind the wheel. And of course the scenes of Conn singing are lip-synched. The singing voice bares no resemblance to Conn's voice at all. And Conn and Silver worked on another film together that same year. They both did voices in the animated "Raggedy Ann & Andy" so they had a busy year together. This is not a very good film but Conn brings an undeniable charm to every performance she gives.


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