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Book of Love is a 1990 romantic comedy film directed by New Line Cinema producer Robert Shaye. It is based on the autobiographical novel Jack in the Box by William Kotzwinkle (the novel's name was changed to Book of Love during this film's original release).

The film was originally PG-13, but subsequent DVD releases have been the R-rated Director's Cut (R for sexual content and language). It stars Chris Young , Keith Coogan, and John Cameron Mitchell.


Jack Twiller (Michael McKean) gets greetings from a long gone high school girlfriend. This makes him open his school's yearbook - his "Book of Love" - and remember the old times, way back in the 50s, when he was in his last year of high school (Chris Young) and his family just moved to the town. He hung out with geeky Paul Kane and tried to get the attention of Lily (Josie Bissett), who unfortunately was together with bully Angelo (Beau Dremann).


Created brother

In the book "Jack In The Box", Jack Twiller's experiences are followed from elementary to high school, while in his screenplay, William Kotzwinkle creates a younger brother, dividing these experiences between two separate characters.


Factual errors: The poster for East of Eden shows a picture of James Dean in his famous red jacket with the white t-shirt and jeans from Rebel without a Cause, a movie which came out on a later date.

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There was an original soundtrack released on January 16, 1991, but now is very rare.

Track listing

  1. "Book of Love" - Ben E. King & Bo Diddley feat. Doug Lazy
  2. "The Great Pretender" - The Platters
  3. "Fools Fall in Love" - Elvis Presley
  4. "The Fool" - Sanford Clark
  5. "Little Darlin'" - The Diamonds
  6. "Sincerely" - The Moonglows
  7. "Come Back My Love" - The Wrens
  8. "Hearts of Stone" - The Fontane Sisters
  9. "What Can I Do" - Donnie Elbert
  10. "Rip It Up" - Little Richard
  11. "When Johnny Comes Marching Home"
  12. "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Theme"
  13. "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" - Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers
  14. "School Days" - Chuck Berry
  15. "Let the Good Times Roll" - Shirley & Lee

According to the end credits of the movie, these songs were also used:
  1. 1 Bourbon, 1 Scotch, 1 Beer (John Lee Hooker)
  2. Earth Angel (The Penguins)
  3. Be bob a lula (Gene Vincent)
  4. Rocket 88 (Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats)
  5. Hold me, thrill me, kiss me (performed by prom band)
  6. See ya later Alligator (performed by prom band)
  7. Graduation Day (The Four Freshmen)
  8. How can I tell her? (The Four Freshmen)


  1. Book of Love: Music: Original Soundtrack

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