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Little Darlings (1980)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  5 May 1980 (Brazil)
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Two 15-year old girls from different sides of the tracks compete to see who will be first to lose their virginity while at camp.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ferris
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Gary
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Randy
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Ms. Bright (as Maggie Blye)
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Mr. Whitney
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Cinder
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Dana
Abby Bluestone ...
Chubby
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Sunshine
Simone Schachter ...
Carrots
Jenn Thompson ...
Penelope
Troas Hayes ...
Diane
Mary Betten ...
Miss Nichols
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Mrs. Whitney
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Fifteen year olds Ferris Whitney and Angel Bright meet when they attend the same summer camp and are assigned the bunks next to each other in the same cabin. It's hate at first sight as they are seemingly polar opposites: romantic and literate Ferris comes from a wealthy and thus privileged background, while streetwise and chain-smoking Angel is from the proverbial wrong side of the tracks. But they share one similarity: they are both virgins, the only ones of their age in their cabin. Due to pressure from their cabin mates, most specifically the aggressive Cinder Carlson, the two enter into a bet on who will lose their virginity first and by the end of the summer. Ferris, who initially seems more interested in the pursuit of the opposite sex, quickly sets her sights on Gary Callahan, the much older coach at the camp. But Angel finds her own target, namely Randy Adams, an equally streetwise boy attending the camp across the lake. The process becomes a bonding exercise for the two ... Written by Huggo

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The bet is on: whoever loses her virginity first- - wins. See more »

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5 May 1980 (Brazil)  »

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Adorables revoltosas  »

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Trivia

Kristy McNichol once said of Tatum O'Neal when O'Neal turned-up on set for the first time: "I thought, 'Uh oh, I'm gonna meet someone who I have not heard good things about.' But she's so nice. Everyone has their moods-I do too-but most of the time we got along all right". See more »

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The first time Angel and Randy go to the boathouse she picks him up in a tan canoe. When they pull into the boathouse the canoe is green. See more »

Quotes

Angel: I have to talk to you.
Ms. Bright: Uh huh, about what?
Angel: I think you better straighten your act out. What's this crap about sex being nothing?
Ms. Bright: I don't know. I don't understand. What do you mean?
Angel: You've been hanging around creeps.
Ms. Bright: Angel! That's not a very nice thing to say to your mom.
Angel: I'm gonna keep my eye on you.
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Crazy Credits

Marianne Gordon is listed in the credits as Mrs. Whitney. The actress filmed scenes as Ferris Whitney's (Tatum O'Neal) mother but her scenes were cut from the film. They gave her the credit as a courtesy! See more »

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One Way Or Another
Written by Nigel Harrison and Deborah Harry
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Should be shown in junior high schools - I wish it had been in mine
23 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film impressed me so much back then that I not only made all my friends and family see it, but I drove all the way to Georgia to see where it was filmed.

It's not just about sex - it's about the two ways you can look at sex when approaching puberty. The wrong way - the Ferris Whitney way - is to romanticize it like Romeo and Juliette. The other wrong way -- Angel's way and the way I saw it at the time -- is to see it as something scary, invasive, animalistic, and biological which is approaching to seize you, engulf you, and reprogram you into a mindless reproduction-machine.

Of the eight characters, only Angel discovers the truth: "God, it was so... PERSONAL, like you could see right through me". Sex turns out not to be storybook romance OR a tyrannical usurping of your body by the Forces of Evolution, but something very, very, very, very real, immediate... and YOU.

In the boathouse, Angel discovers that sex is not something scary she is forced to be, but something wonderful she was always meant to be.

In the words of the novel, "All the fear and uncertainty melted away as they kissed. Soon she didn't know who was touching whom, only that it was wonderful, and right, and fine. And the moon stared impenetrably through the window".

Notice how "before", she's withdrawn, sarcastic, and hostile; and "after", she's relaxed and kind of at one with the world, like she's a part of it, instead of a stranger in it.

In the very last scene, she hugs her mom -- something she NEVER would have done before -- saying "What's this crap about sex being nothing? You've been hanging around creeps!" This resonated very, very strongly with me at that age; I wanted that to happen to ME. And I don't mean getting laid.

The movie was supposedly filmed in Madison, Georgia,at Hard Labor Creek state park. I was wondering if any evidence that a movie had been made would even still exist after two years. The first thing I came upon was a big sign over the road: "Camp Little Wolf". My God! All the sets and props were intact... and abandoned.

Alone, I explored. I walked on the dock and sat on the swing. When night came, I slept in Cabin A, in the bed that Angel did. The next day, I jumped into the lake, hoping that this baptism would somehow cause the same ...transformation which happened to her: the transformation from child to adult.

And finally, before leaving, I sat for hours in the boathouse, on the spot where "it" happened, just thinking.

Did I like the film, "Little Darlings"? Yeah.

Yeah, I did.


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