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Rich Kids (1979)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | August 1979 (USA)
Two 12 year olds, the products of Upper West Side broken homes, struggle to make sense of their parents lives and their own adolescent feelings



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Franny Philips
Jeremy Levy ...
Jamie Harris
Madeline Philips
Paul Philips
Ralph Harris
Steve Sloan
Barbara Peterfreund
Simon Peterfreund
Irene Worth ...
Madeline's Mother
Diane Stilwell ...
Dianne Kirksey ...
Ralph's Secretary
Juilliard Student
Kathryn Grody ...
Gym Teacher
Beatrice Winde ...
Corine (as Bea Winde)


Two ultra-precocious Upper West Side twelve-year-olds, Franny and Jamie, are best friends. Jamie, the "new boy" in town, has experienced his parents' divorce and guides his friend Franny in the art of surviving her own folks' imminent split. Franny senses the divorce because she has been secretly watching her father arrive home at 5:00 every morning and pathetically try to brush off (to his wife) and hide (from his daughter) the fact that he has been away all night. She is down in the dumps and finds a kindred spirit in her buddy Jamie, whose mother and father split up long ago. He points out the advantages of being a "child of divorce" - and is so persuasive that he almost convinces himself as well as Franny. When Franny connivingly convinces her parents to let her go to a sleep-over with Jamie, they explore their budding curiosity for the opposite sex. When Franny's mother finds the book "The Joy of Sex" in her daughter's bedroom and discovers that her daughter has deceived her, ... Written by thustlebird

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

August 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crianças de Valor  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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The name of the moving company on the truck that Paul Philips uses to move out his stuff is Mother Truckers Corp. See more »


Franny Philips: [Discussing how Jamie was told his parents were divorcing] What happened, after they split?
Jamie Harris: Ralph moved here, and my mom sold our house.
Franny Philips: Was it a nice house?
Jamie Harris: [Nodding] It was too big for the both of us.
Franny Philips: What they'd say when they told you?
Jamie Harris: I already knew.
Franny Philips: They didn't just move out and sell the whole house and not tell you.
Jamie Harris: We went to McDonald's.
Franny Philips: McDonald's?
Jamie Harris: We were going out that night. They said I could pick any restaurant in the whole world I wanted to go to. I was nine years old. I picked ...
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References Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975) See more »


I Don't Want to Dance
Composed by Craig Doerge
Lyrics by Allan F. Nicholls (as Allan Nicholls)
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struck me oddly when it came out
31 March 2004 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

Who can not like John Lithgow even when he is an adulterer? But that isn't the main theme of this movie. Kids dealing with divorce in a very touching way is the real story here. I saw this when it was released and was so struck by it I went back and saw it again the next day. In Lawton, Oklahoma, no less. Not my fault, I was in the Army stationed there at Ft. Sill. Years later I got a copy of the VHS and watched it again. Trini Alvarado is just excellent in this. It is what a movie should be, a thoughtful look into people's lives, with the plus of beautiful cine of NYC. Being from the wide open spaces, the whole NYC thing is pretty fascinating to me. Anyway, this is a really good movie that stands up pretty good over lo, these many years.

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