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Was Diane Lane really 18 when this was shot?


IMDB lists her birthdate as 22 January, 1965 - which would make her around 17-18 when this was shot (if the movie came out in 1984). So 1) is that birthdate right? Was she really that young? 2) Why would coppola cast an 18 year old in that part? Other than the fact he's made several movies with her.

I think her performance was fine and all, but it just seems weird to cast someone so young in a role that's meant to be older (whereas nowadays you have 20 or 30 something year-olds playing high-schoolers in movie)

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Yep. She was 18. Her birthdate is correct. She's great in the film.

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IN the movie she's supposed to be really young. Geere says that she's not even 19, and she says she was born looking 19. Presumably the character is only like 17 or 18, maybe even younger.... besides, I guess Coppola liked her... she didn't have to do any nude scene, they wanted the appearance of someone really young and youthful... and i don't think the practice of having 20 year olds play 13 year olds was so prevalent back then. Besides she's an angel, If I was a director and knew Diane Lane, I'd give her every role.

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He saw a lot of Diane Lane in "UNFAITHFUL" too !

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Wasn't her character supposed to be young though? I haven't had the pleasure of seeing this film, but in Roger Ebert's review, he refers to Lane's character as a teenager.

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Yeah, when she was on the youngish side of 40. A gratuitous full frontal nude scene in "CC" would have been nice and no doubt Diane would have had no problem doing it.

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does anybody remember jodie foster in taxi driver SHE WAS 12 i think could be wrong but i know she was a hell of a lot young then diane lane and foster played a hooker A HOOKER!!!

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Yeah, so it was no big deal about Diane Lane's age.

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Jennifer Connely in Once Upon A Time In America... she's 14 and you can see her ass... NAKED.

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They used a body double for Jennifer Connelly's bare ass scene in OUATIA

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I think in reality, 1920s/30s mobsters would have teenage girlfriends. A fully grown woman would be less likely to put up with the BS a mob guy's side piece would. See Dutch's wife for an example.

Girls like Vera show that not all girls under 18 are innocent and pure. Some are mobster mistresses.




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The trivia section says that they originally wanted Brooke Shields for that role, and she was about the same age-- actually, 5 months younger. So, it would seem he wanted someone young and unspoiled _looking_, to play a very mature, jaded young woman.

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Diane Lane looked like a schoolgirl in 'Rumble Fish' and 'the Outsiders' - made just a year or two before this - so it's amazing how much older they made her look in this.

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See also Streets of Fire (1984), the same year and she's playing a Rock Singer.

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