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Girls Town (1996)

A look at a group of girl friends coming-of-age during their senior year of high school in urban America. Nikki and Emma have a heart to heart talk one evening about how much they'll miss ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Patti Lucci
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Angela
Anna Grace ...
Emma
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Nikki
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Tomy
Asia Minor ...
Marlys Giovanni
Carl Kwaku Ford ...
Jessie (Boom Box Guy)
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Dylan
Shondalin ...
Teacher
Ernestine Jackson ...
Nikki's Mom
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Eddie
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Cora
Stephanie Berry ...
Angela's Mom
Tara Carnes ...
Heather
Yassira ...
Benita
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A look at a group of girl friends coming-of-age during their senior year of high school in urban America. Nikki and Emma have a heart to heart talk one evening about how much they'll miss each other at college next year, but the next day, Nikki doesn't show up at school: she's committed suicide. The friends steal Nikki's journal and discover that she'd been raped. The rest of the movie shows our heroines growing closer in the wake of Nikki's death and the relevation of her secret (Emma reveals that she's also been raped), taking revenge on the men who oppress them, and trying to grow up and move on with their lives. Emma has to deal with a shallow boyfriend, Angela with an overbearing mother, and Patti is trying to finish high school while trying to raise a child and avoid the child's loser father. Written by Martin Lewison <lewison+@pitt.edu>

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for pervasive strong language, and for drug use | See all certifications »

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21 August 1996 (USA)  »

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Poli ton koritsion  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$120,608 (USA) (30 August 1996)

Gross:

$403,311 (USA) (22 September 1996)
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Quotes

Patti Lucci: [to Anthony] Well just because you work with monkeys don't mean you have to act like one!
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Soundtracks

Thin Line
Performed by Roxanne Shanté (as Roxanne Shante)
Written by DJ Polo and Roxanne Shanté (as Roxanne Shante)
Produced by Marley Marl
Published by Smoked Salmon Songs (BMI)
Courtesy of Polo Entertainment/Salmon Records
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Great slice of high school
2 June 2007 | by (Santa Barbara, California) – See all my reviews

I accidentally ran into this movie on the Sundance channel and couldn't stop watching it. Menace and danger plus banality and boredom - high school from top to bottom, and nothing that anyone does or says in this really well-acted film is anything other than exactly what a 17-year-old would do or say. Good moments include the teen mom telling off a guy for dogging her one day and accepting his charm offensive the next; the only visible mom having no ability to say any unangry, unjudgemental thing to her tough, suffering daughter; and the ineffective and heartbreaking confrontation with the guy the three friends think drove their fourth friend to suicide. The girls are p_ssed, resentful, revengeful, smart, excited, violent, and together all in on the right scale - an excellent girls' Dazed and Confused that gets a perfect 10 for realness.


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