Long Island, NY, summer 1961: Preteen Alice follows, from across the street, the glamorous love life of Sheryl, 17, with bowling alley Rick. A friendship develops as Alice helps Sheryl see Rick.


Craig Bolotin


Alice McDermott (novel), Craig Bolotin (screenplay)





Cast overview, first billed only:
C. Thomas Howell ... Rick
Juliette Lewis ... Sheryl O'Connor
Helen Shaver ... Ann O'Connor
Eliza Dushku ... Alice Bloom
J. Smith-Cameron ... Carol Bloom
John Dossett ... Larry Bloom
Katherine Heigl ... Kathryn
Sarah Joy Stevenson Sarah Joy Stevenson ... Barbara
Ben Terzulli Ben Terzulli ... Mickey Meyer
Thomas Terzulli Thomas Terzulli ... Max Meyer
Michael Costello ... Don O'Connor
Kathryn Meisle ... Mrs. Carpenter
Adam LeFevre ... Mr. Carpenter
Carolyn Swift Carolyn Swift ... Mrs. Rossi
Charles Musumeci Charles Musumeci ... Mr. Rossi


Alice, a ten-year-old girl, looks up to her 17-year-old, wild neighbor across the street. She leads a three-person cheering section as the teenager, named Sheryl, falls in love and has forbidden liaisons with a young man from the bowling alley. Eventually, Alice becomes instrumental, in spite of her parents' alarm, in helping the two lovers to resolve the difficulties of their relationship and run away together. In the process Alice herself becomes more mature. Written by Warlen Bassham <wcb@zso.dec.com>

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In everyone's past there's a love you never got over...and a summer when it all began. See more »


Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for mature theme, sensuality and sex related dialogue | See all certifications »

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Katherine Heigl's first movie. See more »


Alice Bloom: Drink lots of Gingerale!
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References Father Knows Best (1954) See more »


Let There Be Love
Written by Lionel Rand and Ian Grant
Performed by Nat 'King' Cole
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Love this movie!!
12 May 2005 | by lilly2099See all my reviews

I love this movie so much. Its in my top three of my favorite movies of all time. I remember the first time I saw it. I was fumbling around late at night trying to find something to watch. Then there it was. A cute little movie of a young girl discovering things about the world. I was like..hmmm well maybe. So I watched it. Fell in love! Not only was it one of the best love stories I had seen in awhile, but its was made in a fashion that was real. A bit taboo for the time its set in.. but thats what makes it really great. If you have never seen this movie.. I definitely suggest you buy it.. rent it.. borrow it from someone.. Whatever. Just see it. Its so cute. And the music isn't bad either.. Its a great movie and I had a great time watching it. Thanks.. Lilly

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6 August 1993 (USA) See more »

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