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Dirty Girl -- Rebellious 80s high school student Danielle (Juno Temple) runs away to find her birth father. Along for the funny, heartfelt journey are her gay friend Clarke and a bag of flour named Joan.
Dirty Girl -- Danielle is the dirty girl of Norman High School. When Danielle's misbehavior gets her banished to special ed, she teams up with an innocent closet-case and together they head out on a road trip to discover each other and themselves through a comic and serendipitous friendship.
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It's 1987 and Danielle, the high school 'Dirty Girl', is running away. With her is chubby, gay Clarke, a bag of flour called Joan and a Walkman full of glorious '80s tunes. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Jeremy Dozier ... Clarke

Juno Temple ... Danielle
Zach Lasry ... Brad

Jonathan Slavin ... Mr. Potter

Marcella Lentz-Pope ... Tonya
William Horwich ... Tim

Gary Grubbs ... Principal Mulray

Deborah Theaker ... Mrs. Hatcher

Natalie Amenula ... Benita

David Petruzzi ... Bobby

Milla Jovovich ... Sue-Ann
Vivian Smallwood ... Shellie the Neighbor

Jack Kehler ... Dr. Shelby

Mary Steenburgen ... Peggy

Dwight Yoakam ... Joseph

Reiley McClendon ... Mike

William H. Macy ... Ray

Nate Hartley ... Charlie

Madison Meyer ... Mindy

Pat Healy ... Billy

Rob Boltin ... Peter

Brent Briscoe ... Officer Perry

Jim Cody Williams ... Big Biker Dude

Nicholas D'Agosto ... Joel

Frank Clem ... Gas Station Attendant

Grady Lee Richmond ... Strip Club Manager

Andrew Ableson ... Jade

P.D. Mani ... Taxi Driver

Maeve Quinlan ... Janet

Tim McGraw ... Danny

Elsie Fisher ... Tiffany
Juliane Godfrey ... Perpetual Motion
Alexandra Harding ... Perpetual Motion
Miriam McSpadden ... Perpetual Motion
Alexandra Palmer ... Perpetual Motion (as Alexandra Nicandros)
Carolyn Oler ... Perpetual Motion
Brittni Ping ... Perpetual Motion
Marylyn Sohlberg ... Perpetual Motion
Katrina L. Williams ... Perpetual Motion (as Katrina Williams)

Melissa Manchester ... Piano Playing Teacher

Sandy Holt ... Additional Voice (voice)
Chris Compton ... Additional Voice (voice)
Johnny Gidcomb ... Additional Voice (voice)
Nicholas Rutherford ... Additional Voice (voice)

Mark Sussman ... Additional Voice (voice)
Talula Holt ... Additional Voice (voice)

Hope Levy ... Additional Voice (voice)

Susan Leslie ... Additional Voice (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Brian Baumgartner ... Concierge (uncredited)

Jernard Burks ... Bus Driver (uncredited)

R. Michael David ... Biker in Strip Club (uncredited)

Mark Casimir Dyniewicz ... Cowboy in Strip Club (uncredited)
Nino Nava ... Remedial Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Abe Sylvia 
Writing credits
Abe Sylvia (written by)

Produced by
Robert Bevan .... executive producer
Russell j Chartier .... line producer
Rachel Cohen .... producer
Daniel Crown .... executive producer
Jana Edelbaum .... producer
Craig Gartner .... co-producer
David Grace .... co-producer
Peter Graham .... co-executive producer
Ed Hart .... executive producer
Lilly Hartley .... associate producer (as Lily Hartley)
Stephen Hays .... co-executive producer
Samantha Horley .... executive producer
Joan Huang .... executive producer
Susan Jackson .... co-producer
Pamela Koffler .... executive producer
Michael Lesser .... executive producer
Jonathan McCoy .... co-producer
Cyril Megret .... executive producer
Rob Paris .... producer
Charles Pugliese .... producer
Jimmy Tsai .... associate producer
Christine Vachon .... executive producer
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer
John Wells .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jeff Toyne 
Cinematography by
Steve Gainer (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jonathan Lucas 
Casting by
Eyde Belasco 
Production Design by
Alan E. Muraoka 
Art Direction by
Roni Spitzer 
Set Decoration by
Elizabeth Moore 
Costume Design by
Mary Claire Hannan 
Makeup Department
Mustaque M. Ashrafi .... additional makeup artist: crowd (as Mustaque Ashrafi)
Karen Blynder .... additional makeup artist
Becky Cotton .... additional makeup artist
Yvonne Depatis-Kupka .... hair department head (as Yvonne De Patis-Kupka)
Tyler Ely .... additional hair
Aaron Light .... key hair
Francisco X. Pérez .... key makeup artist (as Francisco X. Perez)
Sian Richards .... makeup department head
Amy Lederman .... makeup artist (uncredited)
J.J. Poff .... additional make up artist (uncredited)
Daniela Richardson .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Ron Dempsey .... production supervisor
Beau J. Genot .... post-production supervisor
Paul Jaconi-Biery .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Currier .... first assistant director
Chris Debenedetto .... first assistant director: additional photography
Laura O'Keefe .... additional second assistant director
Jake Worden .... second assistant director
Art Department
JoAnne M. Ando .... on-set dresser (as Joanne Ando)
Neil Bowman .... set dresser
Xaime Casillas .... painter
Mike Cruz .... construction foreman (as Michael Cruz)
Michelle Daniels .... buyer
Jennifer Durban .... researcher
Priscilla Elliott .... graphic designer (as Pricilla Elliot)
Wende Gaither .... painter
Sean Gordon .... on-set dresser
Gershom Hyldreth .... leadman
Mark Knightley .... construction coordinator
Yuki Nakamura .... set dresser
Miles S. Richman .... lead painter
Miles S. Richman .... stand by painter (as Miles Richman)
Patrick Rourk .... set dresser
Carlton Rude .... property master
Thom Thinn .... set dresser
Samo Tusak .... assistant property master
Stephanie Waters .... art department intern
Jonathan Buchanan .... props (uncredited)
Peter Van Zyl .... greensman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Steven Avila .... sound effects editor
Todd Beckett .... sound re-recording mixer
Jakob Beetem .... sound department intern
Tara Blume .... foley artist
Trip Brock .... supervising sound editor
Adam Douglass .... sound mixer
Rob Embrey .... post sound coordinator
Peter D. Lago .... supervising sound effects editor
Ben Lazarus .... sound department intern
Mark Leone .... utility sound
Tom Marks .... sound re-recording mixer
Greg Mauer .... foley mixer
Matthew Nicolay .... sound mixer
Rick Owens .... foley artist
Owen Peterson .... sound engineer
Alexander Pugh .... foley editor
Steven Utt .... sound recordist
Kelly Vandever .... sound re-recording mixer
Stacey A. Washer .... boom operator
Ben Whitver .... adr mixer
Brian S.M. Wroth .... adr programmer
Brian S.M. Wroth .... dialogue editor
Quynne Alana Paxa .... additional recording engineer: guitars (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Larry Fioritto .... special effects supervisor
Mark Lilienthal .... special effects
Visual Effects by
David A. Davidson .... visual effects supervisor
Joseph Emerling .... visual effects artist
Keith Campbell .... stunt coordinator
John Dixon .... stunt double: Dwight Yoakam
Brady Romberg .... stunt actor
Marc Scizak .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Waide R. Allen .... lamp operator
Matt Calonica .... grip (as Matthew Calonica)
Dennis Clark .... gaffer
Richard Crudo .... director of photography: second unit
Josh Day .... lamp operator
Josh Day .... second unit: gaffer
Jonathan Goldfisher .... second assistant camera
David Kanner .... second assistant camera
Gary Kanner .... assistant camera
Nick Liampetchakul .... best boy grip
Guy Maturo .... lamp operator (as Guy Mature)
Chris May .... grip
Todd Mccall .... grip
David Moir .... still photographer
David Newbert .... grip
Nick Papanickolas .... dolly grip (as George Papanickolas)
Jason Rez .... key grip
Dale Robert .... grip
Scott Robinson .... grip
Eric Roizman .... camera operator "a" camera
Alex Scott .... assistant camera
Daimon Shipper .... lamp operator
Mike Stockton .... best boy electric
Chris Way .... grip
Kevin Wilt .... lamp operator
Jeff Fry .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sandy Holt .... adr voice casting
Debe Waisman .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kathryn L. Bucher .... costumer
Wendy M. Craig .... set costumer (as Wendy Craig)
Brittany Dier .... costume assistant
Bridgitte Ferry .... set costumer
Kimberly Gryder .... costume intern (as Kim Gryder)
Carla Hart .... costume production assistant
Robin Roberts .... costume supervisor (as Robin Michel Bush)
Rachel Stivers .... costume intern
Sierra Robinson .... set costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Doug Delaney .... digital intermediate colorist
Michael John Koetter .... software engineer
Kit Lubold .... additional conforming editor
Jay Trautman .... first assistant editor
Steven White .... on-line editor
Location Management
Andre Gaudry .... location manager
Douglas S. McClintock II .... location scout
Music Department
Christopher Brooks .... score producer
Gábor Buczkó .... recording engineer
The Budapest Symphony Orchestra .... performed by
Linda Cohen .... music supervisor
David Corman .... additional arrangements
David Corman .... guitars
Bela Drahos .... conductor
Aiko Fukushima .... orchestrator
Richard Glasser .... soundtrack album producer
Robert Gulya .... music recording director
Bruce Kaphan .... Pedal Steel Guitar
Stephen McLaughlin .... music mixer
Quynne Alana Paxa .... additional orchestrations (as Quynne Craddock)
Quynne Alana Paxa .... assistant to composer (as Quynne Craddock)
Brett Ryback .... music director
Marcus Sjowall .... additional orchestrator
Transportation Department
Michael J. Birnkrant .... driver
Brian D. Hall .... driver
Ernesto A. Luna .... driver
Michael Perrotti .... transportation coordinator
George A. Sack .... transportation captain
Other crew
Emily Boehnlein .... office intern
Matt Braunsdorf .... assistant to Ms. Edelbaum and Ms. Cohen
Nicole Brik .... post production intern
Francie Brown .... dialect coach
Tien Brunelle .... office production assistant (as Tien Nguyen)
Russell j Chartier .... story editor
Chris Compton .... adr loop group
Tad Driscoll .... production accountant
Jennifer Durban .... researcher
Usha Gangadean .... set production assistant
Kimberly Gryder .... intern
Brett Hedblom .... assistant: Abe Sylvia
Tara Ketterer .... stand-in: Ms. Temple
Ruba Kharuf .... first assistant accountant
Eloy Lara .... set medic (as Eloy Lara Jr.)
Patrick Lombardo .... assistant to Ms. Edelbaum and Ms. Cohen (as Pat Lombardo)
Otis Lucas .... stand-in: Mr. Dozier
Gabriella Ludlow .... production legal
Jan McWilliams .... script supervisor
Jennifer Perton .... office intern
Mike Rutkowski .... production assistant
Bill Szobody .... choreographer
Justin Trofholz .... set production assistant
Michael J. Urann .... post production consultant
Peter Vogel .... production coordinator
Stephanie Waters .... intern
Tami Zamberg .... production secretary
Jeffrey Schwarz .... special thanks

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Rated R for sexual content including graphic nudity, and for language
90 min
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The film heavily features the music of Melissa Manchester, as Clarke (Jeremy Dozier) is a big fan. The song "Rainbird" was actually co-written by Manchester and Mary Steenburgen, who plays Clarke's mother.See more »
Continuity: When Clarke and Danielle abandon his dad's car there is a group of trees right behind the vehicle alongside the road. When the police stop to check it out later, the trees are no longer there.See more »
[first lines]
Danielle:I've heard it said that this here... this here's a man's world. And some girls, they believe it. Primpin' and fussin' and holdin' out, hoping a boy will look her way. They don't know they got the power. As for me... I'm not that kind of girl. I'm on top. Which begs the question... if the girl's on top, well... who's the one getting screwed?... So if it's a man's world, God wouldn't have made me.
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17 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Embracing the dirty girl attitude, 18 January 2012
Author: napierslogs from Ontario, Canada

I liked "Dirty Girl" because it was unabashedly fun. It was pro-gay rights, pro-female independence, and anti-religious persecution without it being about any of that. On the surface it was an '80s throwback with the teen kids embracing the "anything goes" attitude while their parents clung to their conservative values. Pack a suitcase, pop in a mixed tape and run away.

Juno Temple stars as the titular dirty girl, Danielle. She assumed the role of the rebellious daughter and the inappropriate student who relished any opportunity to be the sex symbol. The whole-heartedness with which Temple became Danielle not only made this type of person acceptable but empathetic too.

This isn't to say that the film was perfect. One of the big drawbacks was that although the lead character did evolve, she did so with incongruent leaps. My other issue was that whenever Danielle and her companion Clarke had to stop and sing, the film stopped too. That could be on purpose though since they do seem to be trying to sell the soundtrack just as much as the movie itself.

It's the movie itself, though, that I liked. It was the passion that all of the characters had for life that just danced off the screen. The societal lessons that important movies try to teach and which we all probably already know, are just silly, feel-good bonuses here since they came up with new, more realistic, and more relatable endings. Wait for Clarke's reaction to his final circumstances if at any point you fear the monotonous drone of melodrama.

"Dirty Girl" does bring to mind similar better movies which walked parallel paths, most notably "Jolene". And although after watching this, I immediately came home and bought the latter, it should still be able to find its place among accepting fans. It moves along at a quick pace, keeping the lead characters delightful even when they're depressed, and keeping the tone light even when the supporting characters commit some pretty heinous acts. I've never had a problem enjoying those types of conflicting scenes, but it does account for the movie's poor reception.

Keep in mind that this is writer and director Abe Sylvia's first film and that the archetypal characters can actually belong to any decade then you should have no problem enjoying, and secretly wanting to be, the dirty girl.

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