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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.
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)
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!
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
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This flick will be a half-century old next year, and while its psychedelic trappings are very much a closed chapter of American society's development, that hardly works against it;... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Sarpedon
I love John Sebastian, and since he wrote and sings the musical score, I had to have this. The movies isn't that great, though...Published 12 months ago by dp3352
A real 60s movie from the director of "The Godfather". Also, a rare glimpse at Elizabeth Hartman who left us too soon.Published 22 months ago by Max Pynchon
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 22 months ago by Jürgen
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