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The Best Little Girl in the World (1981)

Casey Powell is a young teenage girl who is secretly suffering from anorexia nervosa, a mental and physical illness of deliberately starving herself or self-induced vomiting, because of her... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Joanne Powell
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Casey Powell
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Carol Link
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Gail Powell
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Madame Seurat
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Dr. Garett
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Mary
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Casey Powell is a young teenage girl who is secretly suffering from anorexia nervosa, a mental and physical illness of deliberately starving herself or self-induced vomiting, because of her troubled home life and problems at school in which her bickering parents must put aside their differences to help her recover before her condition kills her. Written by Anonymous

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A drama of anorexia nervosa. A movie that just might save your child's life.

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11 May 1981 (USA)  »

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A Mais Bela Rapariga do Mundo  »

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Under medical supervision, Jennifer Jason Leigh wasted down to 87 pounds for her role. See more »

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Carol: They got some new drugs they want to try on me to see if they can cure my bulmarexia.
Casey: What's that?
Carol: What's bulmarexia? I got a lot to teach you. Bulmaxeria is binging, then getting rid of it. You see, it's kind of like eating through the refrigerator, then hitting the pizza joints, burger places, doughnut shops, wherever you can eat, you eat. I can eat three weeks non-stop. I could win awards.
Casey: If you eat like that, then how come, I mean, how come you don't weigh 500 pounds?
Carol: Vomiting.
Casey: I'd rather ...
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Referenced in Strangers with Candy: Feather in the Storm (1999) See more »

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I Think I Understand
Words and Music by Joni Mitchell
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See Jennifer Jason Leigh do bulimia.
8 June 2000 | by (Reno, NV) – See all my reviews

Showing sparks of talent Jennifer Jason Leigh plays a depressed early eighties teen living with a super-controlling father and usual family of idiots. Very well done and very ahead of it's time even if the soundtrack is a little too REO Speedwagon.


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