Broadway in Louisville brings the hugely popular musical “Jersey Boys” back to the Kentucky Center today for a two-week run. “Jersey Boys” tells the entertaining true story of how four blue-collar kids became Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Their iconic hit singles—written by Bob Gaudio and produced by Bob Crewe—emit an instant retro signal. But they’re also pretty timeless, so they work really well in film soundtracks. Here are four iconic film moment starring Four Seasons songs.
“Big Girls Don’t Cry,” Dirty Dancing
Baby Houseman introduces her (now classic) 1963 coming-of-age story, on the way to a good old-fashioned fun family Catskills vacation with her parents, backed by “Big Girls Don’t Cry.”
“Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” The Deer Hunter
Christopher Walken kind of half-dancing to a sweet love song is always creepy, always unforgettable. The set for the bar scene was apparently constructed for the shoot in an empty storefront and later became an actual bar. This one’s a Frankie Valli solo number.
“Walk Like a Man,” Heart and Souls
The internet tells me that “Walk Like a Man” was the first Hot 100 single to feature a simile in the title. Take that, Madonna. It also loaned its name to the title of a Howie Mandel movie about a boy who was raised by wolves, and that’s all we’ll say on that. In “Heart and Souls,” a little boy who grows up to be Robert Downey Jr. is the only person who can see four dead people (work with me here) and help them resolve unfinished business on Earth before transitioning to Heaven. It’s like “The Sixth Sense” meets “Quantum Leap.” So of course they form a sort of ad-hoc vocal group to pass the time.
“Bye Bye Baby,” Love, Actually
It’s the Bay City Rollers version, but it’s still a tearjerker in the funeral scene. NSFW in the “you’ll be crying at your desk” sense.