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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.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,867,792
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Production Co:

Double Play See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

20th Century Fox was supposed to finance the film, but unspecified differences with John Sayles led the studio to drop it. The film was financed independently, and Paramount bought it for distribution. See more »

Goofs

When Sheik and Jill leave on their trip to the New Jersey shore, they cross a large bridge that has the slogan "Trenton Makes - The World Takes" on it. This bridge actually takes you from Trenton into Morrisville, Pennsylvania. 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 »

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References Peyton Place (1964) See more »

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The E Street Shuffle
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Poignant, sweet, heartbreaking journey into the past
28 September 2006 | by azweasel2See all my reviews

After finally getting a VHS copy of this film, I find it is ranked right up there with my all-time favorites. Perhaps you had to have lived in that time, or attended a big-city high school or just be an incurable romantic to relate.

Even though this film is 23 years old, the emotions, settings and tragedies of young, rudder-less love are universal and timeless. Is there any among we female viewers who has not either had or wanted to have a "Sheik" type pursue you? Dangerous, enigmatic and probably a big no-no, but extremely intriguing.

The film has many subtle nuances that younger audiences my not recognize since the scenes are not thrown at the viewer in quick-time, but the gentle, heart-wrenching moments with the main characters tend to stick in your mind. I will never listen to "Strangers in the Night" again without thinking of the two dance scenes and the emotions they evoke.

Spano and Arquette are outstanding as the two star-crossed leads and the acting is both understated and powerful in the same moment. When Jill tells Shiek she just doesn't love him in the dorm scene and he backs up and with a whipped look on his face asks, "why not?", his character is stripped of all pretenses.

Shop around for this video, as it is film making with heart like you don't find very often in the current film catalogs. Watch and remember and weep a little for what was and never could be.


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