Baby It's You

Baby It's You

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Director: John Sayles

Cast: John Sayles, Rosanna Arquette, Vincent Spano, Joanna Merlin

     
 

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In the early 1960s, two very different New Jersey high schoolers share their first love in this bittersweet romantic drama, an early feature by writer/director John Sayles. Jill Rosen (Rosanna Arquette) is a sweet, overachieving Jewish girl heading for college to become an actor; "Sheik" Capodilupo (Vincent Spano) is a mysterious, confident Italian guy who pushes his

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In the early 1960s, two very different New Jersey high schoolers share their first love in this bittersweet romantic drama, an early feature by writer/director John Sayles. Jill Rosen (Rosanna Arquette) is a sweet, overachieving Jewish girl heading for college to become an actor; "Sheik" Capodilupo (Vincent Spano) is a mysterious, confident Italian guy who pushes his way into Jill's already busy life. Sheik successfully woos Jill, and the story follows their ups and downs as teenage romantics. While that introduction is lighter fare than most Sayles material, the film trails off into some unexpected plot developments, providing an original take on the "different sides of the track" genre. Sayles directs the high school scenes with a combination of reminiscence and reality, balancing the excitement of cars and the prom with the heartache, anxiety, and classwork that goes along with it. The movie is injected with a mostly 1960s soundtrack, yet the videocassette lists that "some music has been changed" for home video -- the note apparently refers to four Bruce Springsteen cuts. Matthew Modine and Tracy Pollan appear in small parts, and Robert Downey Jr. also has a tiny role. This was the fiercely independent Sayles' first film to be made with a major studio (Paramount), and he claims it will be his last, as he lost final editing control.

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Though not John Sayles's best film, 1983's oft-forgotten Baby, It's You is an often poignant and original look at young love and the changing lifestyles of the mid-Sixties. For the only time in his career, independent film guru Sayles traded final cut for funding, and many viewers will blame this tradeoff for the film's occasionally faulty pacing. But Sayles is too good a writer and filmmaker for his movies to be anything less than interesting and ultimately gratifying. It turns out that the key that continually saves the castle is the intelligent and insightful performances from the two leads, Vincent Spano and Rosanna Arquette. 1983 was something of a breakthrough year (false, as it turned out) for Spano: besides Baby, It's You, he also had a noticeable role in Francis Ford Coppola's Rumble Fish. Arquette would reach both a good amount of popularity and acclaim in 1985, with her three roles in Desperately Seeking Susan, After Hours, and Silverado. But, in Baby, It's You, they are at least as edgy and confident as they've ever been in their careers. You get the sense that it is not only the characters trying bravely to cut their way through life but also Spano and Arquette.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/2008
UPC:
0844503000033
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
R
Source:
Legend Films
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:45:00

Special Features

Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rosanna Arquette Jill
Vincent Spano Sheik
Joanna Merlin Mrs. Rosen
Jack Davidson Dr. Rosen
Nick Ferrari Mr. Capadilupo
Dolores Messina Mrs. Capadilupo
Leora Dana Miss Vernon
William Joseph Raymond Mr. Ripeppi
Sam McMurray Mr. mcManus
Liane Alexandra Curtis Jody
Claudia Sherman Beth
Marta Kober Debra
Rachel Dretzin Shelly
Susan Derendorf Chris
Caroline Aaron Waitress
Phil Brock Biff
Robin Johnson Joann
Richard Kantor Curtis
Donnie Kehr Barry
Michael E. Knight Philip
Gary McCleery Rat
Matthew Modine Steve
Julie Philips Karen
Tracy Pollan Leslie
Fisher Stevens Stage Manager
Frank Vincent Vinnie
Frank Zagarino Lew
Robert Downey Stewart

Technical Credits
John Sayles Director,Screenwriter
Michael Ballhaus Cinematographer
Robert F. Colesberry Associate Producer
Griffin Dunne Producer
Raymond L. Greenfield Asst. Director
Franne Lee Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer
Carol Nast Set Decoration/Design
Sonya Polonsky Editor
Amy Robinson Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
William Scharf Sound Editor
Jeffrey Townsend Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Baby It's You!
1. Titles [1:09]
2. The Guy From St. Anthony's [2:09]
3. The Audition [2:19]
4. The Italian Sheik [4:17]
5. Kitten and the Rat [3:29]
6. Joey D's [5:50]
7. The Kiss [2:46]
8. Not a Student [2:30]
9. Rumors [2:19]
10. Half a Brain [2:27]
11. The Play [4:05]
12. The Kidnap [3:36]
13. The Shore [2:50]
14. Strangers in the Night [2:39]
15. Planning the Prom [4:48]
16. Accepted to Sarah Lawrence [2:13]
17. The Prom [1:57]
18. The Tuxedo Store [2:20]
19. Jody's Guilt [2:50]
20. Sarah Lawrence [2:18]
21. Getting Settled [3:18]
22. The Mixer [1:26]
23. Playing Pool [:57]
24. Jill Gets Drunk [5:23]
25. Miami [1:46]
26. The Sheik and Jill in Miami [8:22]
27. Back to Sarah Lawrence [1:44]
28. Jill and Steve [2:32]
29. The Dance at Sarah Lawrence [1:07]
30. Doesn't Work Anymore [1:09]
31. Jill in Acting Class [:36]
32. Albert Gets Fired [2:57]
33. Steve Can't Go to the Senior Dance [1:33]
34. The Sheik Comes to Sarah Lawrence [7:36]
35. The Senior Dance [2:13]
36. The End (Credits) [3:06]

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Baby It's You 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous 4 months ago
One of the best, most percepting and engaging independent movies ever made.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
''Baby, It's You'' was a wonderful movie of the 80's. What made it so interesting to watch was the basic storyline and the characters. Vincent Spano was more then great. Its not in many movies that a poor Italian boy in somthing such as the mob, falls for a girl in which at one point he cannot have and goes to extremes to get.