It's My Turn (film)

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It's My Turn
It's My Turn film.jpg
Movie Poster
Directed by Claudia Weill
Produced by Martin Elfand
Jay Presson Allen
Written by Eleanor Bergstein
Starring Jill Clayburgh
Michael Douglas
Charles Grodin
Music by Patrick Williams
Cinematography Bill Butler
Edited by Byron 'Buzz' Brandt
James Coblentz
Marjorie Fowler
David Bretherton
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
October 24, 1980 (1980-10-24)
Running time
98 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $11 million[1]

It's My Turn is a 1980 American romantic comedy-drama film starring Jill Clayburgh, Michael Douglas and Charles Grodin.

The film was directed by Claudia Weill and written by Eleanor Bergstein. The producers of It's My Turn cut out an erotic dancing scene from Bergstein's screenplay, which sparked her to go on and write a new script that would become the 1987 hit film Dirty Dancing.

The film's title track, played during the final credits—"It's My Turn"—was sung by Diana Ross, with music by Michael Masser and lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager. It was released as a single and became a top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number nine.


Kate Gunzinger is a mathematics professor at a Chicago university. She lives with a man named Homer in a comfortable but not terribly passionate relationship.

Kate travels to New York for a job interview and to attend the wedding of her widowed father. She meets the bride's son, Ben Lewin, a former professional baseball player.

Ben is married, but a relationship develops with Kate. He takes her to Yankee Stadium for an old-timers' day ceremony and eventually they have an affair. When they part, Kate goes back to Chicago and breaks up with Homer, not knowing what the future holds.

The first scene shows Kate Gunzinger in a lecture giving a correct proof of the snake lemma from homological algebra.[2]


Critical reception[edit]

From Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 2 stars out of 4:

The film was nominated for a Razzie Awards for Worst Screenplay for Eleanor Bergstein, but lost the award to Can't Stop the Music.[4]


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  2. ^ It's My Turn (1980) - Memorable quotes
  3. ^ "It's My Turn :: :: Reviews". 1980-10-28. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  4. ^ Wilson, John (2005). The Official Razzie Movie Guide: Enjoying the Best of Hollywood's Worst. Grand Central Publishing. ISBN 0-446-69334-0. 

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