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Opening credits are superimposed over documentary footage of sperm fertilizing an egg following the scene in which “Darcy” and “Stan” make love.
       Although the onscreen title card refers to the film as For Keeps?, most contemporary reviews did not include the question mark.
       According to production notes in AMPAS library files, filmmaker Jerry Belson conceived the idea for a film about a teenage pregnancy, but was unavailable to write the screenplay due to other professional commitments. As a result, he and Tri-Star Pictures executive Jeff Sagansky hired writing partners Tim Kazurinsky and Denise DeClue, based on the success of their 1986 picture, About Last Night… (see entry).
       While Molly Ringwald was the first choice to play Darcy, director John G. Alvidsen auditioned more than 250 young actors for the role of Stan before selecting the relatively unknown Randall Batinkoff just a few days before the start of production.
       The 28 Apr 1987 HR stated that principal photography began 6 Apr 1987 under the working title, Maybe Baby. Due to the late spring start date, Winnipeg, Canada doubled for wintertime scenes set in Kenosha, WI. However, an unexpected heat wave melted much of Winnipeg’s snow, requiring the crew to transport truckloads of fresh snow from surrounding areas. After three days in Canada, production relocated to Los Angeles, CA. Interiors of the “Bobrucz” and “Elliot” homes were filmed in the outlying cities of Monrovia and Pasadena, CA. The final day of production took place on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison.
       According to a 28 May 1987 DV brief, Hailey Ellen Agnew, who portrayed Stan and Darcy’s baby, “Thea,” was ... More Less

Opening credits are superimposed over documentary footage of sperm fertilizing an egg following the scene in which “Darcy” and “Stan” make love.
       Although the onscreen title card refers to the film as For Keeps?, most contemporary reviews did not include the question mark.
       According to production notes in AMPAS library files, filmmaker Jerry Belson conceived the idea for a film about a teenage pregnancy, but was unavailable to write the screenplay due to other professional commitments. As a result, he and Tri-Star Pictures executive Jeff Sagansky hired writing partners Tim Kazurinsky and Denise DeClue, based on the success of their 1986 picture, About Last Night… (see entry).
       While Molly Ringwald was the first choice to play Darcy, director John G. Alvidsen auditioned more than 250 young actors for the role of Stan before selecting the relatively unknown Randall Batinkoff just a few days before the start of production.
       The 28 Apr 1987 HR stated that principal photography began 6 Apr 1987 under the working title, Maybe Baby. Due to the late spring start date, Winnipeg, Canada doubled for wintertime scenes set in Kenosha, WI. However, an unexpected heat wave melted much of Winnipeg’s snow, requiring the crew to transport truckloads of fresh snow from surrounding areas. After three days in Canada, production relocated to Los Angeles, CA. Interiors of the “Bobrucz” and “Elliot” homes were filmed in the outlying cities of Monrovia and Pasadena, CA. The final day of production took place on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison.
       According to a 28 May 1987 DV brief, Hailey Ellen Agnew, who portrayed Stan and Darcy’s baby, “Thea,” was the granddaughter of actress Patricia Barry.
       A 14 Jun 1987 LAT news story reported that actor John Zarchen was involved in a serious motorcycle accident in Los Angeles after completing his first scenes in Winnipeg. Doctors estimated that Zarchen would require three months to recover, prompting filmmakers to consider how recasting the role and reshooting scenes in Canada would affect the budget. By the time producers were forced to make a decision, however, Zarchen was discharged from the hospital and permitted to recommence his role.
       The film earned criticism from certain youth pregnancy programs, including Illinois’ Parents Too Soon organization, for its unrealistic depiction of young parenthood. While the 26 Feb 1988 HR published Molly Ringwald’s defense of the picture’s message, the actress agreed to make a public service radio announcement addressing the issue of teenage pregnancy.
       End credits state: “Special Thanks to: Tracy Swope Alvidesen, Sandra Jansen, Ed Orshan, Annette and Mark Lowrie, Anne Klein, Mentor Corporation, Chantel B Limited, Warner-Lambert Company, Cliff Notes, Valley Presbyterian Hospital, Wisconsin Division of Tourism Development-Film Office, The University of Wisconsin-Madison”; “Footage from Miracle of Life courtesy of Sveriges Television/SVT 2”; “Footage from Jeopardy! courtesy of Jeopardy Productions, Inc.”; and, “Filmed in part at Hollywood Center Studios, Hollywood, California.” More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
28 May 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
28 Apr 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
5 Jan 1988
p. 5, 18.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Feb 1988.
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Los Angeles Times
14 Jun 1987.
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Los Angeles Times
15 Jan 1988
Calendar, p. 1.
New York Times
15 Jan 1988
p. 17.
Variety
6 Jan 1988
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Tri-Star Pictures Presents
a Jerry Belson Production
a John G. Avildsen Film
From Tri-Star-ML Delphi Premier Productions
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam/Steadicam op
1st asst cam
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Cam loader
Cam loader
Video asst
Gaffer
Elec best boy
Key grip
Best boy grip
Dolly grip
Dolly grip
Still photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITORS
Asst film ed
Asst film ed
Asst film ed
Asst film ed
Apprentice ed
SET DECORATORS
Leadman
Swing gang
Set des
Prop master
Asst prop master
Asst prop master
Greensman
Const coord
Paint foreman
COSTUMES
Cost des
Men's cost supv
Men's cost supv
Women's cost supv
MUSIC
Mus consultant
SOUND
Supv sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Apprentice sd ed
ADR ed
ADR asst
Re-rec mixer
Sd mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff supv
Spec eff
Titles and opticals by
MAKEUP
Key makeup artist
Makeup artist
Key hairstylist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Prod assoc
Prod accountant
Asst accountant
Accounting clerk
Loc mgr
Scr supv
Unit pub
New York casting by
Extras casting
Extras casting asst
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Dial coach
Prod coord
Prod secy
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Asst to Mr. Avildsen
Asst to Mr. Avildsen
Asst to Mr. Avildsen
Asst to Mr. Coblenz
Asst to Mr. Coblenz
Asst to Mr. Belson
Craft service
First aid
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
"Sh-Boom," performed by The Crew Cuts, courtesy of PolyGram Special Products, a division of PolyGram Records, Inc.
"You Belong To Me," performed by Jo Stafford, courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
"Pow! You Got Me Where I Live," performed by Lamont Dozier
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SONGS
"Sh-Boom," performed by The Crew Cuts, courtesy of PolyGram Special Products, a division of PolyGram Records, Inc.
"You Belong To Me," performed by Jo Stafford, courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
"Pow! You Got Me Where I Live," performed by Lamont Dozier
"Be My Baby," performed by Ellie Greenwich, courtesy of PolyGram Special Products, a division of PolyGram Records, Inc.
"Smoke Gets In Your Eyes," performed by Lawrence Welk and his Orchestra, courtesy of Ranwood Records
"Dinosaur Bones," performed by The Miklos Factor.
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DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Maybe Baby
For Keeps
Release Date:
15 January 1988
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 15 January 1988
Production Date:
began 6 April 1987
Copyright Claimant:
Tri-Star Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
23 March 1988
Copyright Number:
PA364407
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex® camera by Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
98
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
28662
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Shortly before starting her senior year of high school, aspiring journalist Darcy Elliot takes a secret weekend road trip with her devoted boyfriend, Stan Bobrucz, to visit her prospective college, the University of Wisconsin--Madison. Eager to be alone together for the first time, Darcy and Stan pull over to the side of the road and make love. Afterward, Darcy meets with the student editors on campus, hoping to write for the school newspaper. Although they scoff at the triviality of her articles about her hometown of Kenosha, Wisconsin, they admire her passion and invite her to send them more writing samples. That night, the couple pitches a tent and raises a glass of wine in a toast, “To forever.” However, Darcy privately questions the longevity of their relationship, since Stan hopes to receive a scholarship to study architecture at the California Institute of Technology. Two months later, Darcy becomes ill at the sight of food and concludes she is pregnant. While Stan is supportive, Darcy’s single mother, Donna Elliot, and the religious Mr. Bobrucz become locked in a heated argument over whether Darcy should have an abortion or give the baby up for adoption. Worried that the unplanned pregnancy will derail her college ambitions, Donna books an appointment for an abortion, but Darcy backs out of the procedure in favor of keeping and raising the child with Stan. Although excited to start a family, the couple fears their parents’ reactions and waits until Christmas to share the news. Furious, Mr. Bobrucz insults Darcy’s virtue, inciting a verbal and physical fight between the children and their parents. Cutting off all communication with their families, the young lovers check into a ... +


Shortly before starting her senior year of high school, aspiring journalist Darcy Elliot takes a secret weekend road trip with her devoted boyfriend, Stan Bobrucz, to visit her prospective college, the University of Wisconsin--Madison. Eager to be alone together for the first time, Darcy and Stan pull over to the side of the road and make love. Afterward, Darcy meets with the student editors on campus, hoping to write for the school newspaper. Although they scoff at the triviality of her articles about her hometown of Kenosha, Wisconsin, they admire her passion and invite her to send them more writing samples. That night, the couple pitches a tent and raises a glass of wine in a toast, “To forever.” However, Darcy privately questions the longevity of their relationship, since Stan hopes to receive a scholarship to study architecture at the California Institute of Technology. Two months later, Darcy becomes ill at the sight of food and concludes she is pregnant. While Stan is supportive, Darcy’s single mother, Donna Elliot, and the religious Mr. Bobrucz become locked in a heated argument over whether Darcy should have an abortion or give the baby up for adoption. Worried that the unplanned pregnancy will derail her college ambitions, Donna books an appointment for an abortion, but Darcy backs out of the procedure in favor of keeping and raising the child with Stan. Although excited to start a family, the couple fears their parents’ reactions and waits until Christmas to share the news. Furious, Mr. Bobrucz insults Darcy’s virtue, inciting a verbal and physical fight between the children and their parents. Cutting off all communication with their families, the young lovers check into a motel and plan their financial future as newly independent adults. With only $927 between them, they rent a dilapidated studio apartment and get married in a small church ceremony. While Stan gets a job as a shoe salesman, a guidance counselor encourages Darcy to drop out of school, claiming that her presence in regular classes may set a bad example for her peers. Darcy is disgusted by the suggestion, but eventually enrolls in night school so she can work a day job at a hamburger stand. Meanwhile, Stan is awarded a full scholarship to Caltech, but learns that the university does not offer housing for married freshmen. Instead of telling Darcy the truth, he pretends he was rejected for the scholarship. On the night of the senior prom, Darcy goes into labor and gives birth to a girl. Afterward, she asks the nurses to call her mother, who arrives with an adoption liaison in a final attempt to convince Darcy to give up the baby. Donna has a change of heart after seeing the child, but struggles to reconnect with Darcy, who suffers from postpartum depression. Although Darcy shows no interest in the baby, Stan proves to be a loving father and names her Theodosia, after his grandmother. One night while Stan is at work, Darcy notices a man lurking outside the apartment window and calls 911. As she rushes to protect baby “Thea,” police identify the stalker as Mr. Bobrucz, who, despite his estrangement from Stan, asks if he can meet his grandchild. As bills begin to pile up, Darcy and Stan realize they will never save enough money to go to college. When Thea becomes sick and they cannot afford the hospital bill, Darcy makes the decision to move back in with her mother. The arrangement puts strain on their relationship, and Stan begins drinking heavily and sneaking out late at night. After an argument with Darcy, he bumps into his former girl friend, Michaela, who tries to win him back by blaming Darcy for ruining his dreams. As they talk, however, Stan realizes that his love for Darcy was always stronger than his desire to go to college. Michaela bitterly tells Darcy that Stan lied about his acceptance to Caltech. Distraught, she calls the school and learns that another scholarship applicant has dropped out. After enrolling on Stan’s behalf, Darcy pretends that she no longer loves him, kicks him out of the house, and has their marriage annulled, since they were still underage at the time of the ceremony. Although he briefly considers attending Caltech, Stan figures out that Darcy staged their breakup and begs her to reconsider. The evening of Darcy’s night school graduation ceremony, Stan reveals he has secured both of them scholarships at University of Wisconsin after sending the editor of the school newspaper a piece Darcy wrote about the trials of young motherhood. Still lamenting her former husband’s abandonment, Donna encourages her daughter to walk away from the relationship, but Darcy realizes she must make her own decision. Stan and Darcy reconcile, and he asks her to marry him again. +

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