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Baby It's You (1983)

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In a 1966 New Jersey high school, Jill and new student Sheik from the other side of the tracks make their way in a first love romance.

Director:

John Sayles

Writers:

Amy Robinson (based on a story by), John Sayles (screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosanna Arquette ... Jill
Vincent Spano ... Sheik
Joanna Merlin ... Mrs. Rosen
Jack Davidson ... Dr. Rosen
Nick Ferrari Nick Ferrari ... Mr. Capadilupo
Dolores Messina Dolores Messina ... Mrs. Capadilupo
Leora Dana ... Miss Vernon
Bill Raymond ... Mr. Ripeppi (as William Joseph Raymond)
Sam McMurray ... Mr. McManus
Liane Curtis ... Jody
Claudia Sherman Claudia Sherman ... Beth
Marta Kober Marta Kober ... Debra
Tracy Pollan ... Leslie
Rachel Dretzin Rachel Dretzin ... Shelly
Susan Derendorf Susan Derendorf ... Chris
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Storyline

In 1966 New Jersey, Jill Rosen, a frustrated high schooler, is intrigued by an enigmatic new student known only as the Sheik. Sheik is an Italian whose primary interests are his car, Frank Sinatra, and Jill. At first she is taken aback by his forwardness, but they soon develop a relationship, much to the chagrin of their parents. Sheik gets expelled from school, and Jill is accepted at an all-girls college. After a fight, Sheik goes to Florida to work in a club lip-synching Sinatra songs. Sheik becomes dissatisfied with his Florida lifestyle and goes back to New Jersey to try to win Jill over. Written by Philip Brubaker <coda@nando.net>

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Taglines:

There's the first one. There's the right one. And there's the one you never forget.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baby It's You See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,420, 6 March 1983

Gross USA:

$1,867,792

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,867,792
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Double Play See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

First major Hollywood studio film for John Sayles. See more »

Goofs

The movie takes place in 1966 but all the Bruce Springsteen songs that were featured weren't recorded until the 1970's so they wouldn't be relevant. All the other songs on the soundtrack were actually recorded and released before or during that time frame so they fit and made sense. See more »

Quotes

Albert 'Sheik' Capadilupo: When we were in high school...
Jill Rosen: [shouts] We're not in high school any more.
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Crazy Credits

At the conclusion of the closing credits, "For Dominique" appears. Presumably, the person is Dominique Dunne who passed away in 1982. See more »

Connections

References Peyton Place (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

A Whiter Shade of Pale
Written by Gary Brooker, Keith Reid and Matthew Fisher
Performed by Procol Harum
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Pleasant diversion, nothing more
29 November 2003 | by KS-8See all my reviews

Unlike other viewers, I didn't really connect with this on any major level. And I don't think their longing for each other was anything more than adolescent infatuation (hey, we've all been there!), made all the more desperate by separation anxiety. A couple of 18-year-olds struggling to find themselves in the world. OK as a romantic comedy drama, but no great shakes.

Performances were all solid. Interesting to see Matthew Modine pop up briefly as the college boyfriend. And it looked great -- nice and moody -- seemed like something out of the 1960s.

One thing bothered me: The use of Bruce Springsteen songs from the 1970s in a movie that was to have taken place in 1967 (not 1965, as another reviewer said -- the signs at Rosanna Arquette's prom clearly said, "Class of 1967"). Anyway, those Springsteen songs from the soundtrack wouldn't have been out yet. But I guess it was done to add a "Jersey feel" to the movie.


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