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Just the Way You Are (1984)

Susan Berlanger, a New York based concert flutist, is currently in the pit orchestra for a ballet company where her best friend Lisa Elliott is a dancer. Susan's parents are helping arrange... See full summary »

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Édouard Molinaro

Writer:

Allan Burns
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristy McNichol ... Susan Berlanger
Michael Ontkean ... Peter Nichols
Kaki Hunter ... Lisa Elliott
André Dussollier ... Francois Rossignol
Catherine Salviat ... Nicole Schallon
Robert Carradine ... Sam Carpenter
Alexandra Paul ... Bobbie
Lance Guest ... Jack
Tim Daly ... Frank Bantam (as Timothy Daly)
Patrick Cassidy ... Steve Haslachez
Gérard Jugnot ... Desk Clerk
André Oumansky André Oumansky ... Doctor
Billy Kearns Billy Kearns ... Earl Cooper
Joyce Gordon ... Answering Service Lady
Wayne Robson ... Assistant Manager
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Storyline

Susan Berlanger, a New York based concert flutist, is currently in the pit orchestra for a ballet company where her best friend Lisa Elliott is a dancer. Susan's parents are helping arrange a European concert tour to increase her professional profile. She is considering accepting the marriage proposal of straight-laced investment banker Frank Bantam, it a marriage of convenience for both with Frank still in the closet, and Susan facing her own man problems. Having contracted a case of viral encephalitis at age nine, Susan requires a brace to walk, and even then with a limp. As such, many men seem to be attracted to her until they see the brace. In going on that European tour, Susan comes up with an idea to explore life without being judged solely by her disability. On her limited funds, she will ditch a couple of the tour dates and instead head to the French ski resort of Megève on a deal. Before she goes, she is able to persuade a Parisian doctor to put her usually braced leg in a ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Won't Dance See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,291,803, 18 November 1984

Gross USA:

$7,889,694

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,889,694
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Working title: "I Won't Dance". See more »

Goofs

The film is supposed to be shot in the winter, but there is one scene when they fly over Paris, and you can actually see green trees all through out. See more »

Connections

References The Kid (1921) See more »

Soundtracks

Dance All Night
Written by Ish Ledesma
Performed by OXO
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Smart, sensitive romantic comedy gives way to directionless second-act...
29 September 2006 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Kristy McNichol gives a good if uneven performance as a crippled flautist--working her way through a series of romantic losers here at home--who travels to a French ski-resort and gets a bright idea: she replaces her cumbersome leg-brace with a cast and finds guys wanting her sexually for the first time. Bumpy romantic comedy begins well, but is really two different pictures, with Kristy's musician going from shyly seductive girl to mercurial, exasperating kid. There are some savvy moments, but mostly in the quietly charming first hour. Once in France, where McNichol hooks up with incredibly patient photographer Michael Ontkean, the filmmakers get too silly, replacing the satiric wit with cheap, blurry sentiment and a pointless discotheque sequence that goes on...and on. **1/2 from ****


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