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Cover Me Babe is a 1970 drama film about a young filmmaker who will do anything to get a studio contract. The film was directed by Noel Black, and stars Robert Forster and Sondra Locke.[1] The title song was written by Fred Karlin and Randy Newman, and performed by Bread. A second song by Bread (written by Karlin and band members James Griffin and Robb Royer, titled "So You Say") also appeared on the soundtrack.

Cover Me Babe
Theatrical release poster
Directed byNoel Black
Produced byLester Linsk
Written byGeorge Wells
StarringRobert Forster
Sondra Locke
Susanne Benton
Ken Kercheval
Sam Waterston
Michael Margotta
Floyd Mutrux
Maggie Thrett
Jeff Corey
Music byFred Karlin
CinematographyMichel Hugo
Edited byHarry W. Gerstad
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • October 1, 1970 (October 1, 1970)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited States



Tony Hall is a film-school student who does not care to make conventional films. His first avant-garde effort features Melisse, who soon becomes Tony's lover and moves in with him.

Seeking a grant, Tony is steered to Paul, who's a Hollywood agent, but he continues to reject the notion of making movies that conform to the norm. Tony shoots realistic footage of a couple making love in a car, a derelict, a prostitute, even an argument between Melisse and a young student, Jerry, that nearly turns violent. He alienates all eventually, and is alone in the end.



It was based on an original script by George Wells.[2]

Michael Sarrazin originally was sought for the lead role.[3] Filming began in early May 1969 under the working title Run Shadow Run.[4]

Box OfficeEdit

According to Fox records, the film required $3,525,000 in rentals to break even, and by 11 December 1970, it had made $1,050,000, resulting in a loss to the studio.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The New York Times
  2. ^ Multi-Million $$$ Look to 'Zabriskie' Haber, Joyce. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File); Los Angeles, Calif. [Los Angeles, Calif]03 Apr 1969: f12.
  3. ^ "Movie Call Sheet". The Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. April 3, 1969. p. 96.
  4. ^ "'Run Shadow Run' In Production". Arizona Daily Star. May 11, 1969.
  5. ^ Silverman, Stephen M (1988). The Fox that got away : the last days of the Zanuck dynasty at Twentieth Century-Fox. L. Stuart. p. 329.

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