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Little Darlings (1980)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 21 March 1980 (USA)
Two fifteen 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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(as Ronald F. Maxwell)

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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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Comedy | Drama

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21 March 1980 (USA)  »

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Queridinhas  »

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Trivia

Writers Kimi Peck and Dalene Young have said that Tatum O'Neal was always their first choice for the role of Ferris; the role of Angel was initially offered to Brooke Shields but her price was too high. Jodie Foster was also considered. When Kristy McNichol was hired, Young said she was disappointed, as McNichol was known primarily as a TV star, "but she turned out to be the best thing in the picture." See more »

Goofs

In the scene on the bus at the beginning of the movie, Angel is smoking a cigarette, then when she and Ferris begin to fight, the cigarette disappears. See more »

Quotes

Cinder: No you wouldn't have the guts.
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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 »

Connections

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Written by Terence Boylan
Performed by Iain Matthews (as Ian Matthews)
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Thanks to the writers and to Kristy McNichol for this movie.
5 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

And while I'm at it, thanks to PC Hacker for leaving her comments. Her observations put into words an understanding about the movie that I'd only reached emotionally.

I believe the reason this movie isn't well regarded historically is because it was so cynically marketed: two teenage virgins compete to experience sex for the first time. One reviewer at the time wrote, "What ever happened to Andy Hardy?" While the marketing was true to the movie's basic plot, unfortunately it allowed many lazy reviewers to see it through a myopic lens of an exploitation movie. Nothing could be further from the case. PC Hacker does an excellent job of stating what the movie is really about, and Kristy McNichol's performance really is astonishingly tender and complex.

Kristy decided to retire from film, which is a pity - but I'm grateful she's left us this and I imagine her retirement plus the undeserved pejorative opinion by critics of the work adds to the poignant sentiment that fans hold for this film to this day.


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