You Light Up My Life (1977)

“I learned something today, Pop. It was really painful, but I learned something. I learned that I have to depend on myself. I can’t depend on anybody else and that’s ok. You know why? Because I’m a really good person to depend on. Maybe I don’t have someone that I thought I loved a lot really, but that’s ok because I’ve got me. And I’ve got my work. And I’ve got my music. And I love that – more than anything else on this earth. ” – Laurie Robinson

Number of Times Seen – 1 (24 May 2021)

Brief Synopsis – An aspiring singer does comedy work as she pursues her new career and is conflicted as to where she wants to be in life.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been curious to see for years based solely on the fact that I am familiar with the Oscar winning song.

The film was quite interesting and is able to give the viewer a nice perspective of how a child star who is the daughter of a performer does all she can to make a name for herself without feeling as if she needs to be in the shadow of others.

The story is told in a simple fashion, yet is quite effective in showing the complex kind of life that she leads in order to achieve something for herself.

The film does a wonderful job showing how the memories of her childhood are so entrenched in her mind and how they effect her on a daily basis as she tries to break out on her own.

Didi Conn is superb in the lead role and lets the viewer get a great perspective on how complicated her life gets during this pivotal time in her life and career.

Love how they show the way that both her professional and personal life are changed by these decisions which allows the viewer to see how entwined they both are in everything that one does.

The Oscar winning song You Light Up Life is quite deserving of its accolades.

Check out two versions of it here.

The first one by sung by Debbie Boone

and the second within the film itself



MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Michael Zaslow, who plays, Chris Nolan, was the first “red shirt” crewman, on Star Trek, to be killed, in 1966. Bones said “He’s dead, Jim!”, for the first time. He also played super villain, Roger Thorpe, on the soap, Guiding Light. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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