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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 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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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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Trivia

Robert Downey Jr. has said of this film at the Robert Downey, Jr. Film Guide website: "At the time, I was working at a restaurant called Central Falls as a busboy, a lot of friends of mine were all auditioning for this. I had four weeks work in 'Baby It's You', and I told all my friends I was now, officially, a major talent and film star, and then they cut my scenes out. You don't even see me except in one scene, you see me in the background, until this self-indulgent actress leans forward to try and get more camera time. My friends called it 'Maybe It's You'." 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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Be My Baby
11 March 2020 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This is an early picture by the inimitable John Sayles -- a portrait of Trenton some time in the mid-1960s through the eyes of the Rosanna Arquette, a middle-class aspiring actress who wants to go to Sarah Lawrence and Vincent Spano, a kid from the wrong side of the tracks. It looks like it was sold to the suits at Paramount on his writing ability and the rising tide of John-Landis-style teen comedies. Looking back from a third of a century later, I can see the complexity of story-telling, in the banal "bad-boy-good-girl" love story in a world that was about to vanish, as an act of satire... rendered a bit toothless, alas by its separation from the moment and the cluelessness of the characters. It makes them more real. Sayles' targets are too numerous here for accuracy.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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