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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. ~ Norm Schrager, Rovi


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


John Sayles
Griffin Dunne
Robert F. Colesberry
Amy Robinson
Amy Robinson
Amy Robinson
Screen Story
John Sayles
Michael Ballhaus
Sonya Polonsky
Franne Lee
Production Designer
Jeffrey Townsend
Production Designer
Robert F. Colesberry
Associate Producer
Carol Nast
Set Designer
Franne Lee
Costume Designer
William Scharf
Sound Editor
Scott D. Smith
Sound Recordist