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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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Clay Orlovsky
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Dr. Neil Holzer
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Julie
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Mark
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Chuck
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Mary
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Michelle the Cheerleader
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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 Alice: The Best Little Waitress in the World (1982) See more »

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Heartache Tonight
Written by Don Henley (uncredited), Glenn Frey (uncredited), Bob Seger (uncredited) and JD Souther (uncredited)
Performed by Eagles (as The Eagles)
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good tv movie with an early Jennifer Jason Lee-why only 3 comments?
21 April 2004 | by (Conn) – See all my reviews

Wow-I'm really surprised this movie didn't make more of a mark. Jennifer jason lee is absolutely great here playing a young girl who develops anorexia. It's one of the best roles I've ever seen, I don't care if its a tv movie! The whole cast in general was great in this.

The only negative isn't really a negative, it's just a very tough movie to watch in spots. Well it would be, you can't make a movie about this subject and expect it not to be! The pluses far outweigh the negatives and if one is interested in the subject matter or a fan of Lee's this would be very definetly a good choice to view.It was actualy one of the first things I saw Lee in and helped make me a fan of hers. The movie also deals with a very tough subject matter in a realistic wellacted way.I think they could have got a better title but otherwise there's nothing negative to say about this movie at all.


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