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Little Sweetheart (1989)

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A criminal couple, hiding out in a remote property become the unwitting victims of a plot to blackmail them by the most unlikely of conspirators.

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Robert Burger
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Elizabeth
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Mrs. Davies
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Uncle David
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Richard
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Having embezzled a small fortune and attempting to lay low, Robert Burger and his mistress Dorothea choose a remote rental property which in unobtrusive. But they soon make the grave mistake of befriending two nine year old girls, Thelma and Elizabeth who live close by. Behind her seemingly cute and innocent façade, Thelma is a scheming, precocious brat who intrudes upon the couples life and photographs the pair and ultimately discovers their dark little secret. With Elizabeth's help they proceed to blackmail the bemused, unsuspecting twosome. But events eventually begin to unravel leading the pseudo-angelic brat to resort to twisted and evil crimes, meaning the lives of those associated with her gradually descend in to hell. Written by Robert McElwaine

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She's spying on two strangers, she's about to murder her best friend and she's only nine years old!

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The Happy Pelican restaurant where Robert first meets the girls was an actual restaurant, located at 49 W. Pine Ave., St. George Island, Florida 32328, near 1st St. W, near the south end of St. George Island Bridge, across the bay from Eastpoint. By 1997 the building had been painted green and its sign changed to Pelican Grill & Pub. By 2011 the business was changed to Firehouse No. 9 Bar & Grill, and by 2012 it became The Beach Pit. The original 2-story wooden building still remains, but has changed appearance in many ways. See more »

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Dorothea: If I were Thelma's age, I'd be jealous, too. Glad you belong to me.
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Poison Candy
16 June 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Little Sweetheart also known as Poison Candy is the first feature film made for cinema release by the BBC. Its a little seen film and was released in the cinemas in America some years after it was made.

John Hurt and Karen Young are a couple who have embezzled money and hiding out in a coastal resort. They cross paths with two nine year-old girls who themselves have just met. We have already been introduced to Thelma (Cassie Barasch) who is blackmailing her older brother and is addicted to violence on television.

The other girl is Elizabeth (Ellie Raab) who has moved into the area. The girls burgle the couple's house and steal a gun. Later Elizabeth goes missing and the police become involved putting the errant couple in danger.

Despite the location filming this is a low budget morality tale and an insight on a girl who is sweet but beneath the surface is malevolent and might be willing to kill and frame others. John Hurt and Karen Young do well in this offbeat and little known film and the child actors carry of their roles with aplomb. Its a minor character study, lacking in strong direction with a minimalist score.


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