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You're A Big Boy Now (1967)

Elizabeth Hartman , Geraldine Page  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Elizabeth Hartman, Geraldine Page, Peter Kastner, Rip Turn, Michael Dunn
  • Producers: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: WB
  • DVD Release Date: December 22, 2010
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0049CIURA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,800 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "You're A Big Boy Now" on IMDb

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Bernard Chanticleer (Peter Kastner) is a very nice young man anxious to step out into the "adult world." His plan is to move out of his parents' Long Island house into an eighth-floor Greenwich Village walkup - and try to convince someone to share his new "liberated lifestyle" with him. You're a Big Boy Now was Francis Ford Coppola's UCLA Film School Master's thesis - and a hilarious, high-speed debut in film comedy for the future maker of The Godfather and Apocalypse Now. Fresh off A Patch of Blue, Elizabeth Hartman bewitchingly plays the free spirit who tempts Bernard. Karen Black makes her own screen debut as the love object that lovesick Bernard overlooks and Geraldine Page nearly steals the show with her Academy Award-nominated* performance as Bernard's possessive mother.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous to see but WE WANT MORE December 25, 2010
Format:DVD
It is fabulous to finally see "You're a Big Boy Now" available in any format. This is a sweet, flawed, engaging, freshman effort by a master crafstman. More importantly, it is one of the very few films that truly captures the essence of what it was like to be young and awkward in the mid-1960s (or anytime). It's a time capsule of a movie. It was evocative and real to me when I was young, and it's just as evocative and real to me now.

My one and only complaint is that this long-awaited DVD-R release is insufficient and doesn't do the film justice. "You're a Big Boy Now" is a movie that cries out for restoration of sound and picture and would really benefit from audio commentary and other bonus features that help illustrate its timeliness and the times in which it was released. And while this DVD-R has the best quality picture I've seen since before the days of VHS, it's still substandard. For instance, a comparison with a grainy bootleg copy shows that the image, while widescreen, is cropped on all four sides to the point of obscuring even some of the titles. The sound is very spotty and goes from too quiet to too loud, and the musical score by John Sebastian of the Loving Spoonful is tinny and somewhat grating.

Please, Warner Bros., give "You're a Big Boy Now" a proper release and restoration. You'll find that there are more people waiting for it than you would think.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Job, Francis Cappolla July 6, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
I just want to say that "You're a Big Boy Now", is one of my all time favorite movies. Cheesy? Yes. Entertaining? Absolutely. I first watched it back in 1989 (I was 19 years old, Bernard's age) and in a way I related to Bernard. Growing up and moving into my own apartment and what not.

Bernard's mother (Geraldine Paige) reminds me so much of my mother. Over-nurturing, over protective and nosey (sorry Mom.)

The acting in this movie is absolutely wonderful. Even "Dog" (yes, that's the name of Bernard's

dog) did a good job in this film. This is a must see!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why the wait ? April 19, 2007
This film is long overdue for a DVD availability. To think that you can get "Full House" in boxed sets but not this little gem.

It's not a perfect film but it evokes the rhythm and atmosphere of the time. Forget Coppola, look at folks like Julie Harris, Rip Torn and Karen Black. Revel in the weirdness of sixties poetry, drama and interior decoration. Beyond all that, revel in the performance of Peter Kastner, at once likable and pathetic. He never seemed to garner the recognition he deserved; forever to wear the albatross of "The Ugliest Girl In Town" around his neck.

I just get a good feeling whenever I get the chance to see this movie or even think about it. Let me own it and relish each and every scene (and a commentary by Peter Kastner and others wouldn't hurt at this stage, either)
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Coppola's University Thesis Film is Worth a Look December 18, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
This was Francis Ford Coppola's thesis film at UCLA. It is a bit dated, but it also has a surreal quality to it that draws you in. By no means a masterpiece, it is still worth a look, and a must for Coppola fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And Never Forget Elizabeth Hartman November 13, 2010
Format:DVD
"You're a Big Boy Now" (1966) certainly makes one appreciate Francis Ford Coppola even if you hated "The Godfathers" and thought "Apocalypse Now" NOT the best movie about Vietnam. It is an entertaining, at times hilarious comedy that makes one happy even to think of it. Besides the great performances by Geraldine Page (Oscar nominee), Peter Kastner, Michael Dunn, Karen Black and Rip Torn but most of all for the opportunity to allow Elizabeth Hartman break her type she perfected with an Academy Award nominated performance the year before in "A Patch of Blue" as a shy blind girl. It is true she later played characters that tapped into her nervousness (she jumped from a window at Western Psychiatric in 1978 in Pittsburgh where doctors say she hadn't taken her medication), but in "You're a Big Boy Now" she is perfect as sexpot "Barbara Darling." She was in enough good performances for us to always remember her and this film proved her range and versatility. I am so glad Warner Archive collection has finally put this film out on DVD. It is in many ways a momentous occasion. The Lovin' Spoonful performs on the soundtrack.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars happy June 1, 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have looked for this for years and was glad to get it and put it with my Geraldine Page collection
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love - and Pretzels - Always Triumph. September 5, 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
In 1966 Warner Bros. released YOU'RE A BIG BOY NOW,
directed by fledgling director Francis Ford Coppola.
(In fact this was his UCLA theatrical thesis which helped
him gain his Master of Fine Arts degree.)

Those were the good old days when you could walk into a theater
not knowing anything about what you were about to see.
I remember being bowled over by this quirky, delightful
"coming of age" tale, about a young man from a wealthy
restrictive New York family, cautiously attempting to
find his identity in the Big Apple.

He falls for a seductive, manipulative, manic-depressive
go-go
dancer (Elizabeth Hartman), but eventually finds true
love with sloe-eyed Karen Black (with whom at film's
end he dances through a pretzel factory while the Lovin'
Spoonful confirm he indeed is a big boy now).

This is a delightful gentle gem, populated by a core
of top actors: Rip Torn (philandering father), Geraldine
Paige (clutchsome mom), Julie Harris (repressed landlady
attacked by a rambling pet rooster), and Dolph Sweet
(who would later reappear as a slimy stage manager in Brian
de Palma's equally view-worthy PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE).

Again, this is a gentle comic odyssey which explores youthful
foibles, from self-delusion to love and life. Once viewed,
you'll smile every time you remember it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars You're A Big Boy Now is Still A Winner
A real 60s movie from the director of "The Godfather". Also, a rare glimpse at Elizabeth Hartman who left us too soon.
Published 3 days ago by Max Pynchon
4.0 out of 5 stars it is just as brilliant as ever
As I knew the movie before there is nothing to say about its content, it is just as brilliant as ever. However, it would be good if there were subtitles.
Published 8 days ago by Jürgen
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
One of my fav's back in the day. Verrrrry dated.
Published 16 days ago by Ian Bruce Hinshelwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Boy
This movie is listed in Groovy Movies by Irv Slifkin. I could not find it to rent so I bought it.
Published 8 months ago by Jeff Colson
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Dead Brilliant And Then Some
The following review is adapted from the Kindle Book about films of the 1960s, SPIES AT THE ABC - VAMPIRES AT THE ODEON - CULTURE AT THE COSMO by JIM DOYLE (That's me! Read more
Published 15 months ago by J. Doyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film.
I saw this in theaters when it came out. Haven't seen it since. Was happy to get it. Good stuff!
Published 15 months ago by D. M. Stevenson
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and Fun!
I saw this movie at the Magnolia Theater in Burbank in 1967 or 68, I was 12 or 13 years old at the time, I believe it was the second feature on the bill. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Peter Burbank
4.0 out of 5 stars If you were 16 in 1967
If you were 16 in 1967, as I was, and yearning for love and independence in NY, as I was when I first saw "You're a Big Boy Now" when it opened, this film will resonate with you... Read more
Published on September 23, 2011 by Loring Ivanick
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon are clueless
This is available on DVD. Try a different search and you'll find it. Interestingly, Amazon is producing the DVD themselves, but still say here (and on my auto-reminder) that it... Read more
Published on January 7, 2011 by Wes Marshall
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