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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

John Sayles has said of this film: "'Baby, It's You' is about rock 'n' roll. It's about firsts: first sex, first love, first drugs, first loss". See more »

Goofs

The prom sign says congratulations class of 1969. The parents say they are happy they are sending Jill to a women's college. Sarah Lawrence went co-Ed in 1968 which would be at least a year before Jill attends. 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

Strangers In The Night
Music by Bert Kaempfert and English lyrics by Charles Singleton and Eddie Snyder
Performed by Frank Sinatra
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A Great Film or Just Another Lesson
11 February 2009 | by spinanedSee all my reviews

A big thanks to Mr Sayles for not letting the studio ruin this movie and shame on me for taking 25 years to see it. This is a wonderful and unique look at growing up, particularly that two year period where one is a senior in high school and then the year after they graduate. For many it is probably the most important two year period of their life. Sayles takes his time examining both the before and after periods with new friends, experiences, college, first jobs, first love, sex, etc. It is all here and unless things have changed more than I know, these are all universal issues that are still relevant. The fact that the story takes place in a very specific time and place doesn't matter much although the music, cars and other props are as carefully chosen as any movie I've seen.

It's sad that Hollywood rarely examines this most defining period in our lives. I was stumped trying to think of other movies that showed this transition. The closest I thought of was Bagdonovich's 'The Last Picture Show' and perhaps Crowe's 'Say Anything' but in both cases it was over a shorter period(just a summer in the latter). I finally hit upon the reason for this; and that is although it is a great game-plan for making a quality movie it is a poor one for making a popular movie. Unfortunately the studios have learned this lesson all too well.


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