Baby Love רומן זעיר ‎(1984)

Country: Tel Aviv, Israel
Production company
: The Cannon Film Group

Director: Dan Wolman
Producers: Yoram Globus, Menahem Golan
Writers: Boaz Davidson, Eli Tavor, Dan Wolman

Starring:
Yiftach Katzur, Jonathan Sagall, Zachi Noy, Stefanie Petsch, Avi Hadash, Dvora Kedar, Menashe Warshavsky, Christine Zierl, Sabrina Cheval…

ALTERNATIVE TITLES

  • Eis am Stiel 5 – Die große Liebe (Germany)
  • La Gang dei seduttori colpisce ancora (Italy)
  • Zelena Ljubav (Yugoslavia)
  • Lody na patyku 5 Wielka milosc (Poland)
  • Small Affair (Canada)
  • Polo de Limon 5 (Spain)
  • Granita apo lemoni no 5 (Greece)

SYNOPSIS

Benji is smitten with Bobby’s younger sister Ginny when he realizes that she is no longer a child and has grown into a attractive woman. 

When Bobby asks Benji to help Ginny with her homework so he can get it on with her best friend Ruthie, Benji finds himself falling for Ginny. 

Although reluctant as first because she is a little younger them him the two start dating in secret. But they both know Bobby would be mad if he knew! 

Ginny is finding it hard to keep the news of her blossoming love with Benji to herself and tells Ruthi, but Ruthi tells Bobby everything when he tells her he doesn’t want to see her again. 

Bobby is furious, and finds his sister and Benji together in each others arms, he beats Benji up and makes him promise that he will never see her again. Benji agrees, but it is tearing him up and to try and take his mind of Ginny he starts dating other girls, which upsets Ginny when she sees them together. 

Bobby tells Ginny that it was all a set up that Benji dated her, to try and make her get over him, but it makes things worse when Ginny thinks Benji never cared about her and takes an overdose. 

Bobby wrongly assumes that she is pregnant to Benji and blames him, but the doctor tells him that not only is she not pregnant but she is also still a virgin. 

Bobby realizes the mistake he has made, and leaves to find Benji and tell him he knows that he was not messing with his sister, but Benji is about to drive his bike over the cliff! 

Bobby saves him and gives him and Ginny his blessing to date, and the two lovers unite with a little help from Huey. 

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BEHIND THE SCENES

Baby Love, the fifth instalment of the Lemon Popsicle movies saw an attempt to go back to the earlier roots and capture the magic and drama of the early films. Boaz Davidson opted out of being director for Baby Love, as he was frustrated by having to adapt the series to the international market. “The requests from the German producers were for more and more sex. It felt a little like selling your soul to the devil.” He stayed on board as an adviser and screenwriter alongside Eli Tabor.

Director Dan Wolman was hired after being given the proposed script and kept in touch with writer Davidson on a daily basis, to ensure that the writers vision for the film was met and to be a worthy addition to the Popsicle series.

“While I was shooting the film”, recalls Wolman, “Boaz Davidson was in touch with me daily on the phone (he was in Los Angeles at the time). He would suggest changes within the scenes and changes in the dialogue. I followed the script as much as I could”.

Wolman does a great job at giving Baby Love a personal touch. It is the story of Benji’s love affair with Bobby’s kid-sister and the feud that transpires as a result. The Popsicle tradition of casting virtual unknowns as the leading lady continued and saw German actress Stefanie Petsch as Bobby’s younger sister. The film was shot in Hebrew but since Stefanie was German, she had to learn the Hebrew text and was later dubbed.

Jonathan Sagall who played Bobby was given a larger role in the films narrative, and cites that Baby Love is his favourite amongst the Popsicle movies. “Part 5 was my favourite” says Sagall when interviewed, “when the honourable makers the Pops discovered Bobby can actually talk”.

Other Popsicle regular Bea Fiedler returned as the nymphomaniac dental nurse, and also Dolly Dollar joined the cast in an amusing turn as Benji’s visiting cousin. Dolly Dollar (real name Christine Zierl) had previously worked with Zachi Noy in several movies and was more associated with glamour modelling.

Production of Baby Love went smoothly and was shot in around six weeks. During production, a Japanese television crew came to Israel and produced a short documentary while travelling the country with the stars.Upon it’s release, all three of the lead cast were sent to a promotional tour in Japan, and the film was a success at the box office.

CAST

Yiftach Katzur
Jonathan Sagall
Zachi Noy
Sonja Martin
Joseph Shiloah
Dvora Kedar
Menashe Warshavsky
Christine Zierl
Bea Fiedler
Sabrina Cheval
Renate Langer
Misha Nathan
Ruth Davidson
Karol Markovich
Raquel Shore
Orit Cohen
Slaughter Jones
Rachel Tlitman
Zinger David
Shmuel Eiser
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CREW

Director: Dan Wolman
Producers: Yoram Globus, Menahem Golan
Executive Producer: Sam Waynberg
Associate Producer: Danny Dimbort
Writers: Boaz Davidson, Eli Tavor, Dan Wolman
Assistant Directors: Shaul Dishy,  Eddie Ziv
Film Editor: Mark Helfrich
Production Designer: Yoram Barzilai
Art Direction: Ariel Roshko
Make Up Department: Lilly Benyair-Gart, Moni Mansano
Set Dresser: Zvika Aloni
Wardrobe: Ruthi Davidson 
Costumes: Tami Mor
Costume Supervisor: Rina Ramon
Post production supervisor: Karen Hoenig
Production manager: David Lipkind
Associate Editor: Uri Katoni
Music Supervisor: Jack Fishman
Music Editor: Mark Helfrich
Sound Recordist: Eli Yarkoni 
Sound re-recordist: Jay M. Harding, David J. Kimball  
ADR Editor: Dory Lubliner 
Sound re-recording mixer: Gregory H. Watkins
Gaffer: Avi Avrahami
Second unit photographer: Yahin Hirsch
Grip: Eli Levy
Production Assistant: Osnat Behiri
Production coordinator: Henia Mandelbaum 
Location Manager: Tal Ron

SOUNDTRACK

  1. Sweet Little Sixteen – Chuck Berry
  2. Splish Splash — Bobby Darin
  3. Rescue Me – Fontella Bass
  4. Summertime Blues – Eddie Cochran
  5.  Maybelline – Chuck Berry
  6. The Wanderer – Dion
  7. Take Good Care Of My Baby – Bobby Vee
  8.  Wipeout – Sufaris
  9.  Apache – Cherokees
  10. Locomotion – Little Ava
  11. Pretty Little Angel Eyes – Curtis Lee
  12.  The Girl Can’t Help It – Little Richard
  13.  You Send Me – Sam Cooke
  14.  Multiplication – Bobby Darin
  15.  Keep A Knockin’ – Little Richard
  16.  He’s So Fine – The Chiffons
  17.  Twilight Time – The Platters
  18.  Ginny Come Lately – Bryan Hyland
  19.  Dream Lover – Bobby Darin
  20.  Wonderful World – Sam Cooke
  21.  Only Sixteen – Santo & Johnny
  22.  Tiger – Fabian
  23.  The Wanderer – Dion
  24.  The End Of The World – Skeeter Davis
  25.  Raunchy – Bill Justis
  26.  Rhythm Of The Rain – The Cascades
  27.  Teen Beat – Sandy Nelson
  28.  Crazy Love – Paul Anka