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It's My Turn (1980)

A successful but stressed mathematics professor goes to her father's wedding and falls in love with her father's bride's son, a prematurely retired pro baseball player. She must choose ... See full summary »


Claudia Weill
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jill Clayburgh ... Kate Gunzinger
Michael Douglas ... Ben Lewin
Charles Grodin ... Homer
Beverly Garland ... Emma
Steven Hill ... Jacob
Teresa Baxter Teresa Baxter ... Maryanne
Joan Copeland ... Rita
John Gabriel ... Hunter
Charles Kimbrough ... Jerome
Roger Robinson ... Flicker
Jennifer Salt ... Maisie
Daniel Stern ... Cooperman
Dianne Wiest ... Gail (as Diane Wiest)
Ron Frazier Ron Frazier ... Professor (as Ronald C. Frazier)
Edwin McDonough Edwin McDonough ... Professor (as Edwin J. McDonough)


A successful but stressed mathematics professor goes to her father's wedding and falls in love with her father's bride's son, a prematurely retired pro baseball player. She must choose between him and her current boyfriend, between Chicago and New York, and between research and administration. Written by David Metzler

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Comedy | Drama


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Kate Gunzinger (Jill Clayburgh)'s proof of the "Snake Lemma" at the very beginning of the movie is technically perfect. In Charles A. Weibel's book "An Introduction to Homological Algebra" (1994, Cambridge University Press), there appears the following statement: "We will not print the proof (of the Snake Lemma) in these notes, because it is best done visually." In fact, a clear proof is actually given by Clayburgh at the beginning of this film. See more »


[First lines.]
Kate Gunzinger: Let me just show you how to *construct* the map S, which is the fun of the lemma anyhow, okay? So you assume you have an element in the kernel of gamma, that is, an element in C, such that gamma takes you to 0 in C-prime. You pull it back to B, via map g, which is surjective...
Cooperman: Hold it, hold it, hold it. That's -- that's not unique.
Kate Gunzinger: Yes, it is unique, Mr. Cooperman. Up to an element of the image of f, all right? So we've pulled it back to a fixed B here. Then you take beta of B, ...
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This Is My Love
Performed by Tony Travalini
Courtesy of Motown Records
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too many people
8 December 2020 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Kate Gunzinger (Jill Clayburgh) is a math professor but her know-it-all student may be surpassing her. She moved in with boyfriend Homer (Charles Grodin) but she is still troubled by her spinsterhood. It doesn't help that her father (Steven Hill) is getting remarried. She is meeting her future family for the first time. Her new step-brother Ben Lewin (Michael Douglas) is a washed up baseball player. He saves her from an embarrassing situation and the two of them connect despite her boyfriend and his wife.

Like they say, there are too many people in their relationship. That may be the point of the movie but it makes it difficult to root for them to make it. It would help if Homer is a stiff. He needs to have no personality and no chemistry with Kate. There are two ways to take this relationship movie. It's either modern and edgy or it's convoluted modern gobbledygook. Homer is a perfectly good guy and that's a problem. For the climatic talk between them to work, it needs to be setup much better in the earlier interaction. The script got a Razzie nomination although I don't think it deserves it. There are some issues but they are not fatal. There is also a common complaint about the movie's feminism. Let's just say that some boys have very thin skin. Maybe she didn't show enough T&A.

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Release Date:

5 February 1981 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

A Perfect Circle See more »


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Rastar Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



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1.85 : 1
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