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This romantic comedy is based on a true story that happened in California in 1944. Sonny Wisecarver (Patrick Dempsey) is 15 year old who has an affair with his older neighbor Judy (Talia Balsam). The two run off and get married, but a stern judge has the union annulled. Sonny is hauled before the same judge when he gets involved with another older woman (Beverly D'Angelo), and the publicity makes him the object of affection for millions of young women who believe Sonny has something special. Michael Constantine and Betty Jinnett play Sonny's concerned parents. Carl Reiner is the uncredited narrator, and the real-life Elliott "Sonny" Wisecarver has a cameo appearance as a mailman. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

  • Release date:September 16, 1987


Awarded by
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Christopher Doyle Best Cinematography (Runner-up) 2001 Winner


Patrick Dempsey
as Ellsworth Sonny Wisecarver
Beverly D'Angelo
as Francine Glatt
Talia Balsam
as Judy Cusimano
Michael Constantine
as Mr. Wisecarver
Betty Jinnette
as Mrs. Wisecarver
Kathleen Freeman
as Mrs. Marver, The Landlady
Guy Christopher
as LA Reporter
Tom Maier
as Judge
Paul Keith
as Reporter
Brian McNamara
as George
Wayne Grace
as Bus Driver
Sarah Partridge
as Winking Nurse
Andrew Roperto
as Switchblade Kid
Steve Whittaker
as Three-Fingered Surgeon
Jay Varela
as her Husbad, The Tuna Foreman
Jeffrey Alan Chandler
as Hotel Clerk
Tom Ashworth
as Man on Train
Valerie Reynolds
as Policewoman
Neil Elliot
as Arresting Cop
Joycee Katz
as Rosie the Riveter
John Zarchen
as LA Courtroom Heckler
Ted Noose
as Denver Reporter
Rick Salassi
as News Photographer, Denver
Armin Shimerman
as Priest
Tommy Ryan
as Nes Photographer, Denver
Michael Darrell
as Bailiff
Kitty Swink
as Sponge Bath Nurse
Nan Woods
as Madeline
Harvey J. Goldenberg
as Marriage License Clerk
Lisanne Falk
as Jamie
Dana Short
as Alberta
Crane Jackson
as Front Yard Reporter
Douglas Rowe
as Uncle Clete
Lenore Woodward
as Justice of the Peace
Charles Stevenson
as Telegraph Clerk
Michael Bandoni
as Rooming House Boarder
Janet Rotblatt
as Angry Neighbor, Willowbrook
Tony Longo
as Carlo, Judy's Husband
Bob Gould
as Detective Glore
Ernie Brown
as Chief Papa Bear Kelsey
Bert Convy
as Newspaper Editor
Burr Middleton
as FBI Agent Harrow
Putter Smith
as Minister
Jared Chandler
as Western Union Messenger
Tom Tarpey
as Front Yard Reporter
Darwyn Swalve
as Huge Inmate, Los Angeles
Tom Patten
as Marine With Stars And Stripes Newspaper
Niles Brewster
as Principal
Max Perlich
as Teenage Boy (Slapee)
Kim Myers
as Wendy, The Usherette
Edith Fellows
as Mrs. Long, Judy's Mother
Bess Meyer
as Teenage Girl (Slapper)
Rocky Giordani
as Tough Inmate, Los Angeles
Joshua Cadman
as Tony
David Schermerhorn
as LA Courtroom Heckler
Mae Williams
as Angry Neighbor, Willowbrook
Marilyn Cohen
as Yenta
Tom Breznahan
as Gary
Terry Camilleri
as Judy's Lawyer
Charlie Holliday
as Reporter
Laura Bastianelli
as Judy's Cellmates, Denver
Peter Hobbs
as The Judge
Carl Reiner
as Narrator
Lee Garlington
as Schlitz Waitress
Jordan Myers
as Desk Sergeant
Cletus Young
as Sonny's Guard
Gillian Grant
as Karen
Rocky Parker
as Woman on Train
S.A. Griffin
as Cpl. Howard Glatt, USMC


Phil Alden Robinson
Karen Mack
Gary Adelson
Brian Frankish
Phil Alden Robinson
John Lindley
Duke Ellington
Featured Music
Joseph Garland
Fleecie Moore
Mitchell Parish
Bette Midler
Eubie Blake
Featured Music
Frank Strayer
Andy Razaf
Featured Music
Johnny Mercer
Featured Music
Eddie de Lange
Featured Music
Dennis Gassner
Production Designer
Dins Danielsen
Art Director
Richard Hoover
Set Designer
Linda Burns
Costume Designer
Linda M. Bass
Costume Designer
Richard Arrington