You're A Big Boy Now (Widescreen)

Bernard is a very nice young man anxious to step out into the "adult world." He plans to move out of his parents' Long Island house and into an eighth-floor Greenwich Village walkup.
You're A Big Boy Now (Widescreen)
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 36 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1966
  • Label: Warner Archives
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Audio:
    • English

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Entertainment Reviews:

Uncut - 07/01/2010
"Shot in an around New York, with both the bohemian Chelsea Hotel and the construction of Madison Square Garden as constant backdrops, it has impeccable counterculture credentials..."
Sight and Sound - 05/01/2011
"[With] fantasy inserts, jump cuts, mixing actuality with dramatisation..."

Description by OLDIES.com:

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.

Product Description:

In this early comedy from filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, virginal 19-year-old Bernard Chanticleer (Peter Kastner) escapes his sheltered life with Mom and Dad (Geraldine Page and Rip Torn) and moves to a New York City rooming house. One night after work, Bernard meets a beautiful go-go dancer, Barbara Darling (Elizabeth Hartman). But his landlady, Miss Thing (Julie Harris), keeping a careful watch on Bernard for his mother, tries to thwart his independence. Coppola directs at a wacky, fun pace, and the music of the Lovin' Spoonful creates just the right 1960s tone.

Plot Synopsis:

One of Francis Ford Coppola's earliest films, YOU'RE A BIG BOY NOW is a wacky joy ride back to the 1960s. In New York City, 19-year-old Bernard Chanticleer (Peter Kastner) is a library clerk, roller-skating between the stacks of the New York Public Library. Bernard moves away from home and the clutches of his overprotective parents (Geraldine Page and Rip Torn) and into a boardinghouse run by the spinster Miss Thing (Julie Harris). He soon gets a crash course in women by way of Amy (Karen Black), a library assistant who falls in love with him, and Barbara Darling (Elizabeth Hartman), a wacky Greenwich Village actress/go-go dancer. Bernard tries hard to lead the life of a swinging playboy like his friend Raef (Tony Bill), but his love of milk, his mother's nagging, and his dog named Dog all seem to get in his way. Over the course of the film, the clumsy, naive Bernard becomes a man--but not before his heart gets broken once or twice. The Lovin' Spoonful performs the music for the film, including the title track.

Plot Keywords:

Coming Of Age | Family Interaction | Self-Discovery

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: March 20, 1966.
  • Filmed on location in New York City.
  • Geraldine Page and Rip Torn were married in real life when they played Bernard's parents, Margery and I.H. Chanticleer.
  • Francis Ford Coppola wrote and directed the film for his master's thesis when he was a student at the UCLA Film School.
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  • UPC: 883316277669
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