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There Goes My Baby (1994)

Graduates of a Los Angeles high school in 1965 see America's culture and politics gradually change.

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Floyd Mutrux

Writer:

Floyd Mutrux
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dermot Mulroney ... Pirate
Ricky Schroder ... Stick (as Rick Schroder)
Kelli Williams ... Sunshine
Noah Wyle ... Finnegan
Jill Schoelen ... Babette
Kristin Minter ... Tracy
Lucy Deakins ... Mary Beth
Kenneth Ransom ... Calvin (as Kenny Ransom)
Seymour Cassel ... Pop
Paul Gleason ... Mr. Burton (as Paul Xavier Gleason)
Frederick Coffin ... Mr. Maran
Janet MacLachlan ... Lottie
Andrew Robinson ... Frank
Humble Harve Miller Humble Harve Miller ... The Beard
Shon Greenblatt Shon Greenblatt ... Morrisey
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Storyline

In the final few days of Pop's Paradise - a hamburger joint that's been a second home to Westwood High's senior class - and a group of friends must face the biggest decisions of their lives. There's Stick, a surfer headed for Vietnam, Pirate, who wants to discover America along Route 66, and Michael, whose political activism may destroy his Harvard-bound future. Little do any of them realize that their final carefree days will also mark the end of their - and all of America's - innocence. Written by Anonymous

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It was the summer of '65. Rock 'n' roll was alive. And the future of this country went looking for America. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Days of Paradise See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$84,137, 5 September 1994, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$123,509
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Production Co:

Nelson Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Jill Schoelen and Paul Gleason previously worked together on Rich Girl 1991. They played Father and daughter, in this film they play to opposites that hardly interact. See more »

Goofs

At one point the narrator in talking about the Watts Riot speaks of the assassination of President Kennedy happening the year before. The Watts riots happened in August 1965 and the JFK assassination happened in November 1963, which would place it almost two years earlier, not one as stated. See more »

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Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Be True to Your School
Written by Mike Love (uncredited) and Brian Wilson
Performed by The Beach Boys
Published by Irving Music, Inc. (BMI)
Courtesy of Capitol Records
By Arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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Those Were The Days
8 February 2007 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

It's the summer of 1965 in Los Angeles. And a group of photogenic high school students contemplate their lives and their futures in this nostalgia flick aimed mostly at baby boomers. Teenage angst, emotional turmoil, and general confusion comprise the fuel for a plot that centers largely around a colorful burger joint called "Pops Paradise".

Hollywood has been down this cinematic road before, many times. The screenplay here is conventional. Characters tend toward stereotypes. The kids are idealistic; the school principal is unrealistically belligerent and unsympathetic; and Pops has the requisite cool jiving disc jockey. The script's dialogue is fairly poor in that there is very little subtext.

Even so, the film has terrific 1960's production design. One of the main characters drives a black 1957 Chevy, the vehicle icon of that era. And, many scenes occur at Pops wherein a parade of old cars slowly encircles the front entrance. Clothes and hairstyles are typical for that era. Overall quality of acting for the ensemble cast is acceptable. Kelli Williams, in particular, gives a nice performance as a budding flower child.

Arguably, the best element of the film is the rock'n roll music. "One Fine Day", "California Dreaming", "Mama Said", "Barbara Ann", "Loco-Motion", and The Diamonds' "Little Darlin" are among the great songs, together with the title song by The Drifters.

Although the film's screenplay is sub-par, elaborate production design and some great oldies but goodies give "There Goes My Baby" great 60's atmosphere and the realistic feel of a turbulent era that now seems far off and illusory, in retrospect.


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