It's My Turn (film)

It's My Turn is a 1980 American romantic comedy-drama film starring Jill Clayburgh, Michael Douglas and Charles Grodin.

It's My Turn
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Directed byClaudia Weill
Produced byMartin Elfand
Jay Presson Allen
Written byEleanor Bergstein
StarringJill Clayburgh
Michael Douglas
Charles Grodin
Music byPatrick Williams
CinematographyBill Butler
Edited byByron 'Buzz' Brandt
James Coblentz
Marjorie Fowler
David Bretherton
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
October 24, 1980 (1980-10-24)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$11 million[1]

The film was directed by Claudia Weill and written by Eleanor Bergstein. The film's title track, "It's My Turn", played during the final credits, was sung by Diana Ross, with music by Michael Masser and lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager.


Kate Gunzinger is a mathematics professor at a Chicago university. She lives with a man, named Homer, in a comfortable but not terribly passionate relationship.

Kate travels to New York for a job interview and to attend the wedding of her widowed father. She meets the bride's son, Ben Lewin, a former professional baseball player.

Ben is married, but a relationship develops with Kate. He takes her to Yankee Stadium for an old-timers' day ceremony, and eventually, they have an affair. When they part, Kate goes back to Chicago and breaks up with Homer, not knowing what the future holds.

The first scene shows Kate Gunzinger in a lecture giving a correct proof of the snake lemma from homological algebra.[2]


Critical reception

Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 2 stars out of 4:

It's My Turn is one of those movies where you can almost keep a mental list of the important topics as they're ticked off in the dialogue. The people in this movie don't seem to be having conversations; they seem to be marching through current feminist issues.[3]

The film was nominated for a Razzie Awards for Worst Screenplay for Eleanor Bergstein.[4]


It is the favourite film of Andrew Lobb, founder of the Lobb number.


  2. It's My Turn (1980) - Memorable quotes
  3. "It's My Turn :: :: Reviews". 1980-10-28. Retrieved 2012-01-23.
  4. Wilson, John (2005). The Official Razzie Movie Guide: Enjoying the Best of Hollywood's Worst. Grand Central Publishing. ISBN 0-446-69334-0.
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