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Kristy McNichol took up smoking as part of the preparation for the role, but couldn't quit the habit.
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Debut film of actress Cynthia Nixon, who would later become the future Miranda Hobbes of Sex and the City (1998). Nixon played Sunshine, the little Hippie flower-power girl.
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During production, Kristy McNichol was asked to leave a McDonalds restaurant because she entered it on a skateboard.
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Although Tatum O'Neal and Kristy McNichol were cast at about the same time, O'Neal had approval over which lead role she would play and she chose to play Ferris. However, the 31st March 1980 edition of People (US) magazine said the opposite. It states, "as befits her TV recognition, Kristy had first choice over Tatum for Little Darlings (1980) leads and deliberately chose the troublemaker role".
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This was Matt Dillon's second feature film. Over the Edge (1979) made a year before was his first.
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According to the 31st March 1980 edition of People (US) magazine, "the movie's crew, as it happened, preferred Tatum's quiet but polite reserve to Kristy's more impatient and sometimes disdainful moods. In one moment of boredom, Kristy gunned her car into nearby Madison, Ga. and, jumping the curb, tore a large 'donut' into the grass on the town green. Confronted by angry police, the embarrassed production company later apologized (as did Kristy personally). "I'm just relieved that if my daughter has to be a rebel, she's ruining grass instead of taking drugs," says Carollyn [McNichol's mother]".
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Several cast members performed musical and comedy routines for the rest of the cast and crew on the nights no filming took place.
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This movie is relatively unique in the teen movie genre where it is girls and not guys who are out to lose their virginity. The majority of movies about young people losing their virginity are movies with male protagonists such as Losin' It (1983).
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Tatum O'Neal taught Kristy McNichol how to smoke for her part.
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During one scene, Kristy McNichol sits in the crowd looking bored as some other girls perform "The Sister's Song" from "The Pirates of Penzance." In the 1982 film The Pirate Movie (1982), McNichol wound up sitting through the song again, performed by her on-screen sisters.
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Licensing rights problems relating to this picture resulted in a number of songs being removed from its videocassette and laserdisc releases. The songs were replaced with sound alike songs. As of 2010, this movie has still yet to be released on DVD.
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The movie's summer camp scenes were filmed at Hard Labor Creek State Park on Fairplay Road, Rutledge, approximately fifty miles east of Atlanta, in Georgia, USA. Apparently, props and signage manufactured for the movie still remain there today.
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Pre-release advertisements for the film credited the title as "L'il Darlins", the logo designed in cowboy rope tied together in a heart shape.
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Prior to the making of this movie, Kristy McNichol auditioned for the role of Amanda Whurlitzer in The Bad News Bears (1976), the part going to her co-star in this movie, Tatum O'Neal.
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Kristy McNichol's double not only doubled for her during the shoot but was allegedly also hired to attend events as her to promote the movie.
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The campers in the food fight sequence were students from local private schools such as Routledge Academy.
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The film actually garnered one award nomination. Kristy McNichol was nominated for the Young Artist Awards in 1981 as a nominee for Best Young Actress in a Major Motion Picture.
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Reportedly, Tatum O'Neal and Kristy McNichol fought alot during principal photography.
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Tatum O'Neal had a tendency to forget her lines during shooting.
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This movie was released the same year as the similarly themed movie Foxes (1980). Kristy McNichol auditioned for the role of Annie in Foxes (1980). The part went to Cherie Currie.
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According to Wikipedia, "An alternate version of Little Darlings (1980) was made for TV which had all the sex-related scenes and dialogue removed, giving the impression that, instead of trying to lose their virginity, Angel and Ferris were merely trying to make a guy fall in love with them. The deleted scenes were replaced with leftover footage not seen in the film version, including a scene in which Angel rescues Ferris from drowning in the lake. Some additional music was also used in this version".
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The movie's music issues have been outlined by Wikipedia which states that "the film was notable for having a contemporary pop soundtrack, with music by artists like Blondie, Rickie Lee Jones, Supertramp, The Cars, and Iain Matthews. The original video release - on blue box VHS and laserdisc - kept the soundtrack intact, however, many songs in the film such as Supertramp's "School", John Lennon's "Oh My Love" and The Bellamy Brothers' "Let Your Love Flow" were removed from the second round of home releases - VHS red box - due to licensing issues, and were replaced with sound-alikes".
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One of this movie's poster tag-lines, "Don't let the title fool you" actually references a scene in this movie. When Randy comments on Angel's name, she replies: "Don't let the name fool you".
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Directorial debut of a theatrical feature for director Ronald F. Maxwell.
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Star Billing: Tatum O'Neal (1st) and Kristy McNichol (2nd) with Armand Assante (3rd).
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The name that the little darlings had for guys that they wanted to lose their virginity to was "Targets".
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The picture was designed as a teenage star vehicle for then teen actresses Tatum O'Nealand Kristy McNichol.
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The amount of money that the winner of the bet for the first of the two girls to lose their virginity was $100.
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The picture received an R-rating in the USA considered due to being due to the film's controversial theme of teenage girls losing their virginity.
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Final film as a cinematographer for Bedrich Batka.
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One of two early 1980s Hollywood movies with central teenage girl characters. The other picture was Foxes (1980).
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First of two films that actress Kristy McNichol made with director Ronald F. Maxwell. The second and final movie was the following 1981 year's The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia (1981).
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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".
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The 31st March 1980 edition of People (US) magazine reported "when McNichol was directing an off-hours cast variety show, O'Neal couldn't participate, but later backed Kristy up when the other kids complained that she was a slave driver. 'She's a perfectionist' explains Tatum. But Kristy still bursts out defensively, 'You know, Tatum thinks I'm square, but I'm not. I just don't like to do the same things she does'."
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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."
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The name of the summer camp was "Camp Little Wolf".
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Writer Dalene Young was present when a cattle call of young male actors turned out to audition for the role of Randy. Although not part of the casting process, Young said she picked out Matt Dillon from the group and immediately knew he would be perfect for the part.
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Actor Perry King was originally cast as Mr. Callahan. Before any of his scenes were shot however, King had a falling out with either the producer or the director. While the film crew shot around Mr. Callahan, a replacement for King was sought. By the time Armand Assante got the role, half of the movie was already completed.
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