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It's My Turn (1980)

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

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Cast

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)
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Storyline

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

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Just when she thinks she has everything right...in steps the man who says "wrong". See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1981 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

A Perfect Circle See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$11,000,000
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Production Co:

Rastar Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Reportedly, the picture had a principal photography period of around eight weeks, with about one week's filming in the Big Apple - New York City, USA - and approximately seven week's shooting at the Burbank Studios in California, USA. See more »

Quotes

[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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Stock feminist values...
15 April 2007 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Before "Wall Street" and "Fatal Attraction" put him on Hollywood's A-list, Michael Douglas kicked around with secondary roles in an assortment of comedies and dramas, and he was usually miscast. Either playing the smartass cameraman in "The China Syndrome" or the judge in "The Star Chamber", Douglas exuded confidence but no star-wattage. In "It's My Turn", a sort-of feminist comedy-drama second-biller for "An Unmarried Woman", Douglas is an ex-pro ballplayer with a scruffy beard who dates teacher Jill Clayburgh, the Unmarried Woman herself, who apparently hadn't used up all her feminist angst. Written and directed by women (Eleanor Bergstein and Claudia Weill, respectively), the movie wobbles around from scene to scene without a hope in hell of satisfying an audience of either sex. Clayburgh tries out different bits of shtick, but this persona (a brilliant-but-klutzy gal on the go) isn't funny or very interesting. Poor Charles Grodin is stuck yet again playing third fiddle, while Douglas is amiable and rascally and livens things up briefly (you can feel the movie come to life when he's on-screen). The theme song, sung by Diana Ross and co-written by Carole Bayer Sager, is pretty yet filled with claptrap rhetoric and fantasy delusions ("I've given up the truth/To those I've tried to please"). "It's My Turn" ends up pleasing nobody. *1/2 from ****


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