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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Burger
Cassie Barasch ...
Ellie Raab ...
Mrs. Davies
Uncle David
The Sheriff
Jack Gilpin ...
Mr. Harrison
Ann McDonough ...
Mrs. Harrison
Claude Brooks ...
Little Billy
Rose Parrah ...
Gene Densmore ...
Mr. Manny Drug Store Owner
Jessica Saunders ...
Woman in Bar


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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Don't talk to kids you don't know
27 October 2003 | by (Camp Hill, PA, USA) – See all my reviews

Let me add "especially if you are on the lam from the police" to my summary of "Little Sweetheart", the female version of "The Good Son" (1994). Thelma (Cassie Barasch) isn't quite as evil as Macaulay Culkin's "Henry" in "The Good Son", but she comes close.

She meets Robert and Dorothea, a couple who have just committed a robbery and are trying to lay low. Robert, played by John Hurt, thinks Thelma is an innocent (soon-to-be) 9-year old. He buys her a camera for her birthday. Big mistake as he soon finds out. Thelma decides to use her camera in a way Robert never would have anticipated. When her new friend Elizabeth (Ellie Raab) threatens to tell on Thelma for her behavior, Thelma puts to use Robert's gun (which she stole after sneaking into his house). After Elizabeth's disappearance becomes known, Thelma puts on her naive child act in front of everyone while the police finger her brother Richard (James Waterston) and eventually Robert for the murder.

If you get offended by crazy little kids with guns, you may not want to watch this movie. I found its' plot unpredictable at times, which is always a plus. It is flawed by some bad acting from Waterston and an overall gratuitously violent theme, but it was still fairly entertaining.

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