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Just the Way You Are (1984)

Susan Berlanger, a New York based concert flutist, is currently in the pit orchestra for a ballet company where her best friend Lisa Elliott is a dancer. Susan's parents are helping arrange... See full summary »


Édouard Molinaro


Allan Burns


Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristy McNichol ... Susan Berlanger
Michael Ontkean ... Peter Nichols
Kaki Hunter ... Lisa Elliott
André Dussollier ... Francois Rossignol
Catherine Salviat ... Nicole Schallon
Robert Carradine ... Sam Carpenter
Alexandra Paul ... Bobbie
Lance Guest ... Jack
Tim Daly ... Frank Bantam (as Timothy Daly)
Patrick Cassidy ... Steve Haslachez
Gérard Jugnot ... Desk Clerk
André Oumansky André Oumansky ... Doctor
Billy Kearns Billy Kearns ... Earl Cooper
Joyce Gordon ... Answering Service Lady
Wayne Robson ... Assistant Manager
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Susan Berlanger, a New York based concert flutist, is currently in the pit orchestra for a ballet company where her best friend Lisa Elliott is a dancer. Susan's parents are helping arrange a European concert tour to increase her professional profile. She is considering accepting the marriage proposal of straight-laced investment banker Frank Bantam, it a marriage of convenience for both with Frank still in the closet, and Susan facing her own man problems. Having contracted a case of viral encephalitis at age nine, Susan requires a brace to walk, and even then with a limp. As such, many men seem to be attracted to her until they see the brace. In going on that European tour, Susan comes up with an idea to explore life without being judged solely by her disability. On her limited funds, she will ditch a couple of the tour dates and instead head to the French ski resort of Megève on a deal. Before she goes, she is able to persuade a Parisian doctor to put her usually braced leg in a ... Written by Huggo

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Working title: "I Won't Dance". See more »


After getting paint on the back of his overcoat carrying Susan Berlanger up the stairs, Sam Carpenter returns to the cab without any paint on his overcoat. See more »


References The Kid (1921) See more »


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Now on DVD widescreen remaster
30 June 2010 | by qualityguyftlSee all my reviews

I have always loved this movie. Give it a shot and don't rely on the snide reviews on here. This movie is not suppose to be Schindler's List. Now over 20 years later the movie is now available on DVD, I got mine from Moviesunlimited.com. It has been remastered and is in widescreen format. This movie accomplishes just what it is suppose to, a breezy romantic comedy with an original plot. Kristy is wonderful and Michel Ontkean fresh from his groundbreaking role in "Making Love" is not only HOT but a gentle caring man in this role. Another reviewer stated that they didn't like it when McNicole was more "kid like" in the later half of the movie. Well of course is she like a child, she has been in a leg brace (due to post polio infection) and she never had a normal childhood, so of course she is going to be somewhat childlike doing things she has never done before. If you are looking for a good rainy day movie then watch "Just the Way you are" it's a good flick that leaves you feeling happy for the characters and makes you also look at how you treat others and how others treat you, without making it a 2 1/2 hour bore fest of background story and intellectual crap.

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Release Date:

16 November 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Won't Dance See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,291,803, 18 November 1984

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1.85 : 1
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