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Baby It's You [VHS]

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  • Actors: Rosanna Arquette, Vincent Spano, Joanna Merlin, Jack Davidson, Nick Ferrari
  • Directors: John Sayles
  • Writers: John Sayles, Amy Robinson
  • Producers: Amy Robinson, Griffin Dunne, Robert F. Colesberry
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: April 24, 2001
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301415396
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,904 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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John Sayles's third feature film was the exception that proved the rule about his need for total independence as a filmmaker. Sayles traded his final cut for studio funding, and the result was a movie that left him unhappy in its ultimate form. Nevertheless, Baby, It's You is full of dramatic elements and character nuances that are distinctively Saylesian (the director's screenplay is adapted from a novel by Amy Robinson), and the early-1960s New Jersey setting is clearly familiar territory for the Garden State's native son. Rosanna Arquette stars as Jill, a sweet, college-bound Jewish girl who develops an unlikely relationship with a macho Italian kid named "Sheik" Capodilupo (Vincent Spano). Sheik woos Jill, a girl from the good side of the tracks, with a certain determination, and while Sayles goes down this familiar path with a certain nostalgic glow, he has a larger story brewing beyond it--a story about relationships that never gel, about class assumptions, and about the painful, universal underpinnings of adolescence. --Tom Keogh

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on February 3, 2002
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
I have watched this movie several times over the years. It is a sleeper hit in my opinion-- a story of ending high school and heading for college, at least for the female lead, whereas her boyfriend is not college material and tries to make it as a club singer. They try to have a romance, though they have differences, but because they are both scared of their new lives they keep trying to hold on to one another. I can not put my finger on it, but I really like this movie. The soundtrack is great too, with songs of the 60's. This is not a movie with high drama or special effects-- but the script is great in my opinion, for anyone who remembers the struggles and romance of high school, and the fears and struggles of starting out in college or elsewhere after graduation.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mona Gracen on September 18, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I flipped on the television and got sucked into this movie half way through. Had no idea what I was watching and thought it was a light hearted cheesy movie from the late 70's/early 80's. Boy was I wrong! This movie absolutely blew me away. I was not at all suprised to learn John Sayles (Passion Fish, The Secret of Roan Inish) had directed it. A fabulous depiction of teenage life and self discovery. I have never seen people of this age portrayed so accurately. I can not get Vincent Spano's performance out of my mind. He reminds me of so many of the dumb, yet loveable (but sometimes "dangerous") boys I dated as a young girl. It almost gives me the creeps - and yet, keeps me rivoted. I do not understand why it is that Vincent Spano has not become a bigger box office draw. He is an amazing actor with great range in everything I've seen him in and also very physically attractive. Boggles the mind why he hasn't been in more movies. And Rosanna Arquette gives an amazing performance as well as a young girl just realizing what she wants out of life but unable to break away completely from her youth. PHENOMENAL!!! I immediately went out and bought this movie on eBay - I have to watch it again and again. Not at all what I expected on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A reader from DC on August 20, 1999
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This is one of my all time favorite movies... sometimes the film makers just get it; the dialogue is right, the feel is right... we baby boomers can relate to something here... an age of innocence story, early 60's; where you still didn't have to take life all that seriously (pre-Vietnam); almost another Dinks Stover at Yale / Lawrenceville time in the World. Everything about this movie is on... the language is just right... the early 60's elitism, as per Matthew Modine's role and Tracy Pollen really hit its right. and Rosanna Arquette as the good-hearted girl from Trenton, who can still show affection for the "Sheik" and humility too... this movie is a gem. If only they could get the price down to under $20.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Daniel N. Harrell on November 16, 2003
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This is one of John Sayles's earliest works that slipped by
most people. It is set in the late 60's in New Jersey and
depicts a high school romance between an upper class brainy
beauty , Jill Rosen ( Roseanna Arquette ) and a lower class
greaser, the Sheik (Vincent Spano). It documents an unlikely
but plausible courtship and breakup. The performances are uniformly perceptive and it even has several Bruce
Springsteen tunes from before he became an American icon.
What struck me the most was the transition from the 1960's high school preppy scene to the college hippie scene. It
is the best depiction of the late 1960's college life I have
ever seen.
After their breakup, Jill attends an elite northeastern
private woman's college and the Shiek travels to Miami to follow his show business dream and also wash dishes in a nightclub. Their attempted reunion at Jill's college is
sweet but poignant ; there is no future for them together. I would really
like to see their characters 20 years later. I would suspect
Jill was an unhappy, divorced attorney and the Sheik was
an unhappy union official with a fat Italian wife and five
kids. Sayles really captured that moment in young adult
life where you are totally unsure about everything. To me , the
film is the closest thing to Splendor in the Grass. Grab
it now on VHS as it is not available on DVD.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mary Esterhammer-Fic VINE VOICE on May 22, 2012
Format: VHS Tape
I saw this film when it first came out, and it was love at first viewing. I have always liked John Sayles; whether his medium is film or print, he's an amazing storyteller.

This is the bittersweet coming-of-age tale of two star-crossed teenagers growing up in 1960's New Jersey. Jill Rosen (Rosanna Arquette) is a privileged Jewish girl destined for one of the Seven Sisters colleges and, eventually, marriage to someone with a future. Albert ("Sheik") Capadalupo is a working-class Italian boy who reveres Frank Sinatra and drives around with his best friend in a hotrod called the Ratmobile. (And yes, there's a story behind Sheik's nickname.) At first, their romance is thrilling: Sheik is madly in love with Jill, and Jill finds bad-boy Sheik exciting.

But when Jill goes off to college, the dynamics of their relationship change. Sayles does this really well: the characters outgrow each other, or rather the environment that propelled their relationship, and they have to find new common ground...if it exists.

Sayles is also a Springsteen fan, and he incorporates a song from each of Bruce's first four albums, in order. Springsteen's music, along with other selections, make this a good soundtrack, too.

Parts of this movie are funny, parts are sad, but it's all compelling. It is just as poignant as "Breaking Away" and "Stand by Me", though those are buddy flicks and this is a romantic drama. Watch for it on TV or buy a copy and hook up your old VCR. It's a treasure.
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