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You're a Big Boy Now

Overview

This cult favorite began as Francis Ford Coppola's UCLA thesis, ending up with a professional cast and nationwide release. Teen Peter Kastner undergoes his coming-of-age rites when, urged on by dad Rip Torn, he strikes out on own and moves to NYC. Every person Kastner meets is an eccentric's eccentric, from landlady Julie Harris to cop Dolph Sweet. Kastner's new friend Tony Bill, who works at the New York Public Library and accumulates pornography on side, introduces the boy to sex and drugs. Our hero truly ...
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Overview

This cult favorite began as Francis Ford Coppola's UCLA thesis, ending up with a professional cast and nationwide release. Teen Peter Kastner undergoes his coming-of-age rites when, urged on by dad Rip Torn, he strikes out on own and moves to NYC. Every person Kastner meets is an eccentric's eccentric, from landlady Julie Harris to cop Dolph Sweet. Kastner's new friend Tony Bill, who works at the New York Public Library and accumulates pornography on side, introduces the boy to sex and drugs. Our hero truly matriculates to manhood after his heart is broken by disco dancer Elizabeth Hartman; he settles instead for Karen Black, still enough of an unknown quantity in 1966 to play against type as "the right girl." Adapted from a novel by David Benedictus, Big Boy is afflicted with usual youthful film-class fervor, crammed full of showoffish cinematic tricks that Coppola would eventually outgrow. But one can't deny that this seminal production is both heartfelt and energetic. To improve the film's saleability, distributors Seven Arts tacked on a music score by the Lovin' Spoonful, hardly necessary but very enjoyable appendange.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
As with most cult films, You're a Big Boy Now is definitely not for all tastes. Some will find it tedious, annoying, and empty, a technical exercise turned loose on a vapid story. Others will treasure it as a time capsule of 1960s filmmaking, extolling it for capturing the freedom of the times and for its youthful freshness and vigor. Both sides are right, for the young Francis Ford Coppola's experiments with editing and camera angles have an invigorating liveliness, but they also draw attention to themselves at the expense of telling the story. (Yes, sometimes the manner in which the story is told can be the story, but that's not the case here.) The screenplay is disjointed and sloppy, which is both endearing and irritating, and the film alternates between sequences that are spot on and others that are far off the mark. Still, several segments (Julie Harris and Rip Torn in the vault, the delirious climactic chase) are excellent, and if Peter Kastner is too bland in the lead role, the supporting cast is exceptional. Special praise goes to Torn, Harris, and Geraldine Page, and Elizabeth Hartman is quite good playing against type. Dated and at times silly, Big Boy has a youthful charm that most will find hard to ignore.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/2010
  • UPC: 883316277669
  • Original Release: 1966
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 6,067

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elizabeth Hartman Barbara Darling
Geraldine Page Margery Chanticleer
Julie Harris Miss Thing
Peter Kastner Bernard Chanticleer
Rip Torn I.H. Chanticleer
Michael Dunn Richard Mudd
Tony Bill Raef
Karen Black Amy
Dolph Sweet Francis Graf, policeman
Michael O'Sullivan Kurt Dougherty
Ronald Colby
Frank Simpson
Technical Credits
Francis Ford Coppola Director, Screenwriter
Theoni V. Aldredge Costumes/Costume Designer
Aram Avakian Editor
Phil Feldman Producer
Vassilis Fotopoulos Art Director
Andrew Laszlo Cinematographer
Marvin March Set Decoration/Design
Bob Philippe Makeup
Robert Prince Score Composer
Robert Tucker Choreography
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