Directed by: Joyce Chopra
Written by: Joyce Carol Oates, Tom Cole
Produced by: Martin Rosen
Other cast: Treat Williams, Mary Kay Place
Release date: September 10, 1985
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Running time: 1h 32min
Fifteen-year-old Connie spends the summer before her sophomore year fixating on getting male attention. While her mother, Katherine (Mary Kay Place), nags her about painting the house and favors her older sister, Connie spends her days going to the mall with her friends. One day, while the rest of her family is having a barbeque, Connie is confronted at home by a handsome, dangerous stranger, Arnold Friend, who has been watching her.
You don’t understand. I mean, it’s not what you think. I’d never do that. It’s just… the boys are so nice to you. When we’re together… I never knew it was gonna be so nice. Did you ever have a boy hold you close and sing to you? This one boy, Eddie… he sang to me right in my ear. And he held me so sweetly. June, don’t you know how that feels? Just to be held like that?