The ORIGINAL Quiltys' "Coming of Age" Video List (Uncensored)

by Juicy_Kumquat | created - 07 Oct 2012 | updated - 14 Aug 2016 | Public

Film critic extraordinaire, Clare Quilty, clues us in to his "A-list" of girl-films. Film is not just entertainment, but a modern literary form that deserves serious attention. And you can trust Quilty to give you the best information.

BE ADVISED: 15 years ago Clare Quilty started his recommended movie list. With a staged demise, Quilty went underground and has been VERY busy with his screenplays and books (under pseudonyms of course). In the mid 2000s, Quilty became too busy to continue his reviews, but continued to watch movies and dictate his favorites to Juicy to publish. Henceforth came the Quilty lists on Amazon and IMDB.

In the Quilty' lists by Juicy Kumquat, Juicy censored Quiltys' reviews for common decency. This list is the UNEDITED/ORIGINAL list from Quiltys' Video Nook (Haha, yes, video was once a thing!). If you are easily offended, DO NOT read further.

This is the ORIGINAL FIRST QUILTYS' LIST. For the Expanded lists, see List One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, and Nine here:

List 1 - [link][/link] List 2 - [link][/link] List 3 - [link][/link] List 4 - [link][/link] List 5 - [link][/link] List 6 - [link][/link] List 7 - [link][/link] List 8 - [link][/link] List 9 - [link][/link] SPECIAL List - [link][/link]

Quilty recommended reading! (Uncensored):

Buxton Spice - Oonya Kempadoo: [link][/link] From Quilty - "Most contemporary coming-of-age novels have cast girls as essentially asexual creatures, whose involvement with sexuality, if any, is expressed in terms of victimhood. Unlike such novels, Oonya Kempadoo’s Buxton Spice proceeds from the premise of "discovery" and never falters. Lulu, the novel’s voice, is a girl of around 10 or 11 who grows up in a mixed race household in Guyana during the 70s, a time of political turmoil. Her family is different from the others in the small town of Tamarind Grove where they live. Lulu’s family are vegetarians and hold British passports; her father is a hippy who makes tofu and befriends the leftist opposition. They are hardly wealthy, but they are better off than most. But neither these differences nor Lulu’s intelligence give Lulu a privileged viewpoint. Rather, she is an ordinary girl whose knowledge about the political, racial and religious differences which are beginning to tear her town apart comes in the same measured doses as her knowledge about other aspects of life, including sexuality. Although Lulu is still pre-pubescence, she has begun to discover what sexuality is about. At the same time that she and her friends are learning about and speculating on the sexual habits of Tamarind Grove’s residents, she discovers how to give herself an orgasm in the shower by aiming the streaming water at her clit. She also has a near-sexual encounter with an older boy which leaves her burning with desire for him, and plays overtly sexual games of ‘husbands and wives" with her girlfriends. Kempadoo’s prose pulls no punches:

...In the shower later, the cool water from the wall tap fell in a soft pulsing stream on to the inside of my thighs. Splashes and flying drops hitting my other leg, my belly and the yellow tiles. I pushed my hips up to the base of the tap, legs splayed up against the wall, hands gripping the taphead. Had been the gentle drumming of that soft but solid stream of water on my foot that made me want that same feeling on my inflamed Tip. I shifted my hips slightly and the clear tube of water fell directly on to it. Arched my back a little to get the stream on that part that felt best. The flowing mustn’t stop. Hammering on the top of the Tip while the bomb in me was growing, making my heart faster, muscles tighter. Bomb getting bigger....

Buxton Spice presents a realistic picture of pubescent girl sexuality that is rare in fiction. Its exotic setting and raucous mood serve to enhance the giddy, awakening sexuality of a young girl."

Quiltys' Favorite Photography (Uncensored):

David Hamilton - The Age of Innocence: [link][/link] From Quilty - "Hamilton's adolescent girls have never looked so ...what can you say? they do in these new, mostly above-the-waist (but ever-so-erotic) photos. PC stormclouds have not slowed down Hamilton, who feasts on at his photographic picnic of young beauties. Lovely girls, lovely photos, lovely price! Without a doubt one of Hamilton's best books. 86 b&w and 126 color photos."

Jock Sturges - Jock Sturges: New Work, 1996-2000: [link][/link] From Quilty - "It is difficult to say anything bad about Jock Sturges. He stood up to the censors in the early 90s and made photographing naked little girls respectable. The book consists of 87 images (about 20 of which depict girls under 14) in the now-familiar setting of Montalivet and unfortunately demonstrates that Sturges has no eye for women. Still, there are some gems here - the little girls, of course!"


Due to hard economic times, Juicy will note where to buy each film on dvd or blu-ray for the cheapest price. All movies listed can be found on dvd or blu-ray w/English subtitles at locations noted by Juicy under the comments for each product. Keep in mind, some of these movies are VERY RARE, and others may get discontinued, making the price skyrocket (ie. Fruit Is Swelling, Pups). Prices most likely will change. If the price at the site Juicy gives seems ludicrously high, check for the film at the other sellers below or at [link][/link].

All movies listed in alphabetical order.


Amazon - For those movies listed at Amazon [link][/link], Juicy will link you to the page for that title. Make sure to check under Amazons' price for the new and used prices given by Amazons' Marketplace sellers to make sure you get the best deal.

CVMC - For those movies listed at CVMC [link][/link], the movies can be rented or purchased. The purchase prices are expensive, however, there is a new sale every two weeks with many movies avalible. ALL of the movies listed for CVMC have been on sale between $5-$15 before, sometimes many times. Juicy recommends checking in every two weeks to see what movies are up for sale to get the best deals.

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1. 36 fillette (1988)

88 min | Romance, Drama

A night in the life of a young woman who wishes to learn and experience more of life. The men she meets have as much to learn from her as they can offer her, or more.

Director: Catherine Breillat | Stars: Delphine Zentout, Etienne Chicot, Olivier Parnière, Jean-Pierre Léaud

Votes: 1,013 | Gross: $0.41M

From Quilty:

(France, 1989; dir: Catherine Breillat)

Precocious, though well-developed, 14-year-old spends her summer vacation trying to figure out whether and with whom to get laid. Boys or men? Good performance by Delphine Zentout as the girl.

DVD at [link][/link]

2. Alas de mariposa (1991)

108 min | Drama

Ami is a 6 year old girl, extremely sensitive. Her mother, Carmen, lives with the obsession of giving a son to her husband, Gabriel. When finally she gets pregnant, the relation between ... See full summary »

Director: Juanma Bajo Ulloa | Stars: Silvia Munt, Tito Valverde, Susana García Díez, Laura Vaquero

Votes: 689

From Quilty:

(Spain, 1991; dir: Juanma Bajo Ulloa. Original title: Alas de Mariposa)

Amy is a shy and sensitive six-year-old whose mother abuses her because she wanted a boy, not a girl. Amy is played by Laura Vaquero, one of the most striking young actresses ever captured on film. She has grey eyes, dark hair and wears incredibly short skirts. She and her friend Olivia (Olivia Sanchez) spend all their time drawing butterfulies, trying to get the patterns in the wings right. School uniforms, panty peeps. Best picture at San Sebastian Film Festival.

DVD at [link][/link]

3. Alice (1988)

Not Rated | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

A surrealistic revision of Alice in Wonderland.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Kristýna Kohoutová, Camilla Power

Votes: 10,364

From Quilty:

(Czech/Suisse, 1988; dir. Jan Svankmajer.)

Animated, but with a live Alice, this is the best version made of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Svankmajer's hallucinatory interpretation adds an element of decay to the tale which I found appropriate. He plays up the anthropomorphism and randon violence, key aspects of Lewis Carroll's tale, as well as the contrasts of scale experienced by a child who moves from the fantasy world of dolls to the grown-up world. Lovely linen display when Alice kicks Bill the Lizard up the chimney. The animation, creatures and cinematography are all exceptional. Above all, the little girl, 7-year-old Kristyna Kohoutova, is wonderful.

DVD at [link][/link]

4. Audrey Rose (1977)

PG | 113 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A stranger attempts to convince a happily married couple that their daughter is actually his daughter reincarnated.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Marsha Mason, John Beck, Susan Swift

Votes: 5,042

From Quilty:

(MGM, 1977; dir. Robert Wise)

Susan Swift stars in a tale of reincarnation, from Frank de Felitta's novel. Is she really Audrey Rose who died in an auto wreck, or is she just a gorgeous 11-year-old probed by science? Either way she is great as the possessed child. Anthony Hopkins and Marsha Mason are also solid as the two putative parents struggling on either side of the incarnation question. The climax is gripping. (At least Quilty gets a grip on himself.)

DVD at [link][/link]

5. Beau Pere (1981)

123 min | Comedy, Drama

After her mother dies, fourteen-year-old Marion falls in love with her stepfather, Remy.

Director: Bertrand Blier | Stars: Patrick Dewaere, Ariel Besse, Maurice Ronet, Geneviève Mnich

Votes: 2,315

From Quilty:

(France, 1981; dir. Bertrand Blier.)

In this sad, funny, and erotic satire, Blier portrays a passive loser of a stepfather confronted with the determined erotic desires of his 14-year-old step-daughter (played to the hilt by Ariel Besse) who knows exactly what she wants. "Only in France!" cries Quilty. Ariel's perky, developing breasts are featured. Perhaps the most enjoyable treatment of this topic ever committed to film.

DVD at [link][/link]

6. The Cement Garden (1993)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

Four children try to hold things together and play a family in their isolated prefab house after the death of their parents. As they begin to deteriorate mentally, they hide their mom's festering corpse in a makeshift concrete sarcophagus.

Director: Andrew Birkin | Stars: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Andrew Robertson, Alice Coulthard, Ned Birkin

Votes: 4,156 | Gross: $0.32M

From Quilty:

(Tartan Video, 1994; dir: Andrew Birkin)

Brilliant dark movie from Ian MacEwan's novel about a family of four English children trying to stay together after both parents die. The youngest boy starts dressing as a girl, while the eldest girl takes over the role of Mum. The youngest girl is played by 11-year-old Alice Coulthard. The elder brother is a compulsive masturbator who likes to look in the mirror while he jerks off. He finally falls for his 15-year-old sister, and with good reason: she's played by the brilliant Charlotte Gainsbourg. Her handstand will stop your heart. When he dry-humps her in her tights and school uniform, my mis-spent teens flash in front of my eyes, er, AH... UNFFF ...UMMMFFF!!

DVD at [link][/link]

7. Child Bride (1938)

62 min | Drama

Schoolteacher in a rural community campaigns to stop the practice of older men marrying young, underage girls.

Director: Harry Revier | Stars: Shirley Mills, Bob Bollinger, Warner Richmond, Diana Durrell

Votes: 820

From Quilty:

(1941; dir: Harry J. Revin, b&w)

Ignore the lurid box (shown at left) and listen to Quilty, because this film is a keeper!

"Shirley Mills is the sultry 12-year-old ("cherubic and disturbingly nubile" is how the box copy describes her) who is trapped into marriage by a horny old moonshiner in this Hillbilly melodrama.. There's a great skinny-dipping scene and lots of seedy Arkansas ambiance, like Lil' Abner come to life."

!WARNING! Make sure to get the un-edited version.

From Wikipedia - Alpha Video's DVD release presents the film in its uncensored form, while Mill Creek Entertainment included a censored version of the film in its 20 Movie Pack Cult Classics collection.

DVD at [link][/link]

8. The Children's Hour (1961)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Romance

A troublemaking student at a girls' school accuses two teachers of being lesbians.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, James Garner, Miriam Hopkins

Votes: 12,976

From Quilty:

(1961; dir: William Wyler; a/k/a The Loudest Whisper)

Riveting version of Lillian Hellman's play about intrigue and suggestions of Lesbianism in a girls' school. Karen Balkin and Veronica Cartwright are nasty 12-year-old girls who torment their teachers: the great Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine. Wyler had originally made the film in 1936 as These Three but remade it to bring out the lesbian theme. Reviewers found Karen more obnoxious than terrifying though, and she did not compare to Bonita Granville in the original. School uniforms.

DVD at [link][/link]

9. The Children of Theatre Street (1977)

G | 90 min | Documentary

A documentary on the Kirov School of Ballet in Russia, narrated by Princess Grace of Monaco.

Directors: Robert Dornhelm, Earle Mack | Stars: Grace Kelly, Angelina Armeiskaya, Michaela Cerna, Galina Mezenzewa

Votes: 121

From Quilty:

(Kultur Internat’l Films, 1978; dir: Earle Mack.)

A documentary about the Bolshoi ballet school. The picture is a bit fuzzy, but there are many engrossing scenes of this famous school, including children stripped down and being assessed for admission. 11-year-old Angelina gets to work out in her panties. The opening scene of the kids running and jumping on a beach in slow motion is breath-taking, as is the tracking shot (from below) of them running down the stairs. Bonus slo-mo panties! There was also a paperback of this title.

DVD at [link][/link]

10. The Cold Light of Day (1996)

101 min | Drama, Thriller

A troubled detective befriends a single woman and her daughter with the intention of using them as bait for a serial killer.

Director: Rudolf van den Berg | Stars: Richard E. Grant, Lynsey Baxter, Perdita Weeks, Simon Cadell

Votes: 671

(PolyGram, 1996; dir: Rudolph van den Berg) From Quilty:

Well-done but highly improbably story about a cop (Richard E. Grant) who quits the force in his small Eastern European town to catch a child-killer after an innocent man 'confesses' and is found hanged in his cell. The murderer is actually a pediatrician who has ample opportunity to tend to sick kids but is so unhinged that he lives among mannequins and slits the throats of 7-year-old girls to keep them pure. I said it was implausible: He also leaves them naked without molesting them sexually, but keeps their clothing which he launders (say what?) and puts on his mannequins. The cop gets involved with the mother of Perdita Weeks, whom he uses as bait to lure the killer, and is egged on by a psychiatrist played by Heathcote Williams. Bubble bath, pygmalionism, panties, polkadots. And various small Czech cuties in the cast.

DVD at [link][/link]

11. Digging to China (1997)

PG | 98 min | Drama

10-year-old Harriet dreams of leaving her home, where she doesn't feel she's needed by her mother and sister Gwen. When her mother dies in a car accident, she really starts to make plans ... See full summary »

Director: Timothy Hutton | Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Kevin Bacon, Mary Stuart Masterson, Marian Seldes

Votes: 2,376 | Gross: $0.03M

From Quilty:

(BMG, 1997; dir: Timothy Hutton)

Ten-year-old Harriet (Evan Rachel Ward) runs a rustic motel with her alcoholic mom and her slutty big sister, Gwen. She dreams of escape - either alien abduction or balloon-propelled lawnchair. When a woman and her retarded adult son, Ricky, show up in a broken-down car, Harriet bonds with the simpleton (Kevin Bacon). Harriet's crazy mom is prone to driving on the wrong side of the road, and after she dies in a car wreck, Gwen reveals that she is Harriet's real mother and had her when she was fifteen. Now Harriet really wants to escape & enlists Ricky into helping her despite the paranoia of the adults. It's set in 1969, which you gather from snippets of television and the rocking soundtrack. The schoolchildren - including her rival Sonia (Amanda Minikus), the obligatory cute/snotty classmate - are dressed appropriately. An interesting twist on the lonely kid with a pet theme, this one sharpened by Evan's fine performance and the excellent cinematography by Jörgen Persson.

DVD at [link][/link]

12. Driftwood (1947)

Approved | 88 min | Drama

Six-year-old Jenny rescues a collie dog, the only survivor of a plane wreck. A tag on the dog's neck states that it is en route to a medical laboratory where its blood will be used for ... See full summary »

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Ruth Warrick, Walter Brennan, Dean Jagger, Charlotte Greenwood

Votes: 238

From Quilty:

(Republic Pictures, 1947; dir: Allan Dwan, b&w.) Original screenplay by Mary Loos and Richard Sale. In an old ghost town out in the Nevada Desert lives a hellfire-and-brimstone preacher with a congregation of one: his 8-year-old great-granddaughter Jenny (Natalie Wood). Jenny puts daisies between her toes and parrots back the old man's bible verses. (My rod and my staff they comfort me!) He dies and she sets off to "Sillivization", but to Jenny civilization is synonymous with Sodom and Gomorrah. She sees Beelzebub (in the guise of an aeroplane) crash in the desert and adopts a collie before being picked up by a small town doctor on his rounds. Because she is so forthright and intuitive she seems both oracular and menacing to the townsfolk. The doc's uncle doesn't like kids but gives Jenny a bath. This bubblebath is like no other on film and it seems to go on forever (maybe it was just the pause button got stuck)! The other children ridicule her for being dressed in rags, so the doc takes her to the haberdashery for a nice dress. The haberdasher is also the town judge, he eyes up the pair and asks: 'Do you want to get married?' Unfortunately Jenny has not been vaccinated and comes down with a life-threatening fever. With the usual plot machinations, a quick trip to the back seat, and a lot of biblical pearls of wisdom from the young savant, we get all too quickly to the end of this exquisite pic and a superb performance by Natalie, of whom it can be said she truly lights up the screen. Pigtails, drawers, daisytoes.

DVD at [link][/link]

13. Eve's Bayou (1997)

R | 109 min | Drama

78 Metascore

After a daughter witnesses her father having an affair, she begins a chain reaction that could tear her family apart.

Director: Kasi Lemmons | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Meagan Good, Lynn Whitfield

Votes: 7,835 | Gross: $14.82M

From Quilty:

(Trimark, 1997; writer/dir: Kasi Lemons.)

An auspicious debut by Ms Lemons has a superb ensemble cast in a story of a prescient child who thinks her philandering father is going too far. What makes the movie extra-special is the performance by Jurnee Smollett as Eve (pictured), descendant of Eve Batiste who practiced voodoo centuries before. The distinctions between seeing, wishing, and making things happen are juxtaposed between two older women, Eve's aunt (Debbi Morgan) who is clairvoyant and a bogus witch (Diahann Caroll). The action is precipitated by Eve's 14-year-old sister Cicely (Megan Good) who blossoms into a woman (her bloodstained panties give rise to a fight with her younger sister), and gives her father (Samuel L. Jackson) a goodnight kiss that shatters their world. Jurnee appears in her underwear changing for bed.

DVD at [link][/link]

From Quilty:

(USA, 1998; writer/director George Atkins, b&w.)

Based on the screenplay, Baseball Heaven (see literature page), this independent film portrays an intergenerational and inter-racial affair between a 13-year-old girl on a junior high baseball team and her coach. Michael (Samuel Gates), the coach, has been buffeted by various ball-busting psycho bitches, including his assistant coach. (She still wants him even though he dumped her, married her best friend, then divorced.) Michael gives in to the crush of the precocious Mary Agnes (Kathy Walters), on trips to state championships and an invitational in Santa Fe. Though the implied sex between Michael and the girl happens off-camera, there's enough physical interaction (including an erotically-charged bedroom scene) to convince you that the relationship is real enough. An interesting look at the exponentially-compounding problems such relationships brings.

"Atkins' film is insightful and moving. It's refreshing finally to see an American film made by a director who is willing to take a look at the subject matter from the viewpoint of a man and girl in love. Though Atkins' is not unaware of the social an legal problems such a relationship can bring, this is first and foremost a love story. Don't let the fact that it's shot in black & white deter you." - - n.s. aristoff"

DVD at [link]

15. Lawn Dogs (1997)

R | 101 min | Drama

When Devon, a 10-year-old girl, forges a friendship with Trent, a 21-year-old outsider who mows the neighborhood lawns, things suddenly get very complicated and private.

Director: John Duigan | Stars: Sam Rockwell, Kathleen Quinlan, Mischa Barton, Christopher McDonald

Votes: 7,109 | Gross: $0.11M

From Quilty:

(Rank, 1999; dir. John Duigan)

A Southern Gothic fairytale (from the director of Flirting, The Year My Voice Broke, & Sirens) that aims right at the soft white underbelly of hypocritical, class-conscious society. 10-year-old Devon (Mischa Barton) lives in a ritzy new walled community in Kentucky with her Stepford parents. Dad joins boards for social standing while Mom has stand-ups with bored collegians (Devon walks in on her Mom screwing the neighbor boy and giggles). At night Devon climbs on the roof, casts off her nightie, and bays at the moon. She has a morbid streak because of many heart operations which have left a huge scar on her chest. When her folks send her out to sell Pioneer Scout cookies (in a snug and very fetching gray uniform with red beret and flashes, white kneesocks and matching panties), she heads for the woods, looking for the hut of Baba Yagar, the chicken-legged witch in her favorite fairy story. There she meets Trent (Sam Rockwell), a white-trash handyman who comes to her community by day to mow the lawns of the wealthy and occasionally screws them or stuns them by diving naked off a high bridge. Trent & Devon, Devon & Trent, they become inseparable. When Devon unbuttons her shirt for Trent, he says "You're too young"; she replies: "I'm not gonna show you my tits, stupid, I want you to see my scar!" With her short blond hair and forthright manner, Devon dominates the story and directs the action, forcing her fairytale to come true.

DVD at [link][/link]

16. Léon: The Professional (1994)

R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello

Votes: 933,935 | Gross: $19.50M

From Quilty:

(Columbia Pictures, 1994; dir: Luc Besson)

A stunning performance by 12-year-old Natalie Portman lifts this B movie out of the mundane. She plays it tough and tender, switching a cigarette for a lollipop when her doomed doper dad appears. Wonderful chemistry develops between her and Leon (Jean Reno), the illiterate Italian immigrant hitman she moves in with. Leon trains her to become an assassin in order to pay back a twisted Narc (the brilliant Gary Oldman) for killing her brother. The dénouement borrows from Silence of the Lambs; there are many incongruities (How come the neglected brat has a $100 haircut & goes to a private school? Where ? & why ? did she get the sexy lingerie?) and lots of bloodshed, but it’s all worthwhile to watch Natalie light up the screen. (nb: ‘doggie-style’ devotees will require the letterboxed edition for the climactic shoot-out where there is a freeze-frame of her crawling under a dresser.)


DVD at [link]éon-Professional-Theatrical-Extended-Blu-ray/dp/B002O5M4SA[/link]

17. Little Darlings (1980)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

45 Metascore

Two fifteen year-old girls from different sides of the tracks compete to see who will be first to lose their virginity while at camp.

Director: Ron Maxwell | Stars: Tatum O'Neal, Kristy McNichol, Armand Assante, Matt Dillon

Votes: 4,508 | Gross: $34.33M

From Quilty:

(Paramount, 1980; dir. Ronald F. Maxwell)

Kristy McNichol and Tatum O'Neal compete to see who will be the first to lose her virginity at summer camp. McNichol plays Angel Bright, a tough teen from the wrong side of the tracks who goes braless. O'Neal plays Ferris Whitney, a society girl with an ugly wardrobe, who nevertheless looks great in a bikini. Angel gloms onto a boy from the camp across the lake who is pretty inexperienced himself. Ferris shoots for the camp sports instructor, but fails to corrupt him. (He claims to be oblivious to her charms but vows he'll reconsider in six years). Good supporting cast, including Alexa Kenin, Maggie Blye, May Belten and Marianne Gordon, but the show-stealer is Krista Erickson, the experienced girl who delivers the boner. Nighties, panty flash, bathing suits, sexy mouse costume.

DVD at [link][/link]

18. The Littlest Horse Thieves (1976)

G | 104 min | Family, Drama

When the owner of a Yorkshire coal-mine decides to mechanize to increase profits, the mine's pit ponies are scheduled to be destroyed. So, three children plan to steal them to keep them ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Jarrott | Stars: Alastair Sim, Peter Barkworth, Maurice Colbourne, Susan Tebbs

Votes: 294

From Quilty:

(Disney, 1977; dir: Charles Jarrott; orig: Escape from the Dark)

Period piece by Rosemary Ann Sisson about three children rescuing pit ponies from the knacker's yard in 1909 Yorkshire. With Alastair Sim and Geraldine McEwan (Oranges are not the only Fruit). Lithe 12-year-old Chloe Franks plays the upper-class girl who teams up with two lads of a deceased miner to thwart the bosses. She strips down to her bloomers (knee-length bloomers - hey, it's Victorian England). Music:Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band.

DVD at [link][/link]

19. Lolita (1997)

R | 137 min | Drama, Romance

46 Metascore

A man marries his landlady so he can take advantage of her daughter.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Dominique Swain, Melanie Griffith, Frank Langella

Votes: 47,217 | Gross: $1.40M

From Quilty:

(France, 1996; dir: Adrian Lyne.)

Adrian Lyne's version of Nabokov's classic is far more faithful to the book than Kubrick's. Although Dominique Swain looks older than her 14 years, she manages to strike enough gangly awkward poses and flashes her retainer enough time to remind you of Lolita's real age. (They couldn't have made this with a younger actress -- as it was, a lot of panty-flashing scenes had to be cut out.) The DVD version, though, restores some of the deleted footage and has charming excerpts from Swain's screen test. Jeremy Irons is excellent: a real thinking-man's deviant. Frank Langella does a parody of Peter Seller's parody of me (but evidently forgot Lolita's statement that "Quilty was the only man I was ever really crazy about"). The most erotic scene, I thought, was when Humbert comes back to the motel and clearly Lo's just been ravished by Quilty. She has an incredible glossy glow to her face and just leans against the wall with a silly shaky expression that is perfect. The sex scenes were done with a body double, but who can tell?

DVD at [link][/link]

20. Manny & Lo (1996)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama

A pregnant teen and her younger sister run away from foster homes and kidnap a woman whom they believe can help with the pregnancy.

Director: Lisa Krueger | Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Aleksa Palladino, Mary Kay Place, Dean Silvers

Votes: 1,636 | Gross: $0.50M

From Quilty:

(Sony Pictures Classics, 1996.)

Directed by Lisa Krueger. Riveting performance by Scarlett Johansson as the 10-year-old Amanda - 'Manny' of the title. She and her big sister are modern runaways with a station wagon, who siphon gas and shoplift junk food at convenience stores to survive. When Lo turns out to be in an advanced state of pregnancy the two girls kidnap a caring lonely middle-aged woman (played brilliantly by Mary Kay Place) to help them deliver the baby. They discover a lot about trust and responsibility. We bask in the physical beauty of the rapturous Ms. Johansson. Shower scene, panties, cub-scout uniform (transvestism!?).

DVD at [link][/link]

21. My Girl (1991)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

56 Metascore

A young girl, on the threshold of her teen years, finds her life turning upside down, when she is accompanied by an unlikely friend.

Director: Howard Zieff | Stars: Anna Chlumsky, Macaulay Culkin, Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis

Votes: 66,342 | Gross: $59.85M

From Quilty:

(USA, 1991; dir: Howard Zieff.)

11-year-old Anna Chlumsky is great as the young poetess Vada Sultenfuss. Junior Bardot award for her sultry pout. Favorite scene: where she gets into bed showing her panties, to say the least. She learns to put on make-up from her cosmetologist step-mom, Jamie Lee Curtis, and does a sexy pose on the porch for the neighbor, Macauley Culkin. Though her dad runs a funeral parlor she has to learn to cope with death when Culkin dies of bee-stings. The sequel was made three years later.

DVD at [link][/link]

22. Nadia (1984 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Sport

Story about gymnast Nadia Comaneci from her childhood beginning as a gymnast and how she was discovered by Belya Karolyi. Nadia received 7 perfect 10's in the Montreal Olympics.

Director: Alan Cooke | Stars: Talia Balsam, Jonathan Banks, Joe Bennett, Simone Blue

Votes: 501

From Quilty:

(TVM, 1984; dir. by Alan Cooke)

Bio-pic of Romanian Olympic gymnast, Nadia Comaneci. It starts with the legendary encounter between Bela Karolyi and the young Nadia turning cartwheels in a schoolyard. He pursues her over the objections of her teacher and soon has her as his protege. The young Nadia is played by 10-year-old Leslie Wiener. To inspire the gymnasts, the Karolyis introduce a young champion, 12-year-old Teodora (Karrie Ullman), whose floor exercise is a wow. (Halfway through the film a beefy replacement takes over for Nadia.)

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23. Olivier, Olivier (1992)

R | 110 min | Drama

A nine-year-old boy disappears without a trace. Six years later, he reappears in Paris but there are doubts about his real identity.

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Brigitte Roüan, François Cluzet, Jean-François Stévenin, Frédéric Quiring

Votes: 1,558 | Gross: $1.26M

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(France, 1993; dir. by Agnieska Holland)

From the director of A Secret Garden & Europa, Europa, Olivier, Olivier is a mystery that revolves around questions of love, family and truth. A boy on a bike ride disappears, leaving his family devastated. Ten years later a street hustler pulled in by the French cops shows up as the missing son. He seduces both parents emotionally, but elicits a more ambivalent, though steamy, response from his supposed now-grown-up sister, Nadine. In the flashbacks, Nadine is played by 11-year-old Faye Gatteau who holds up her nightgown to expose her chest.

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24. Papa's Delicate Condition (1963)

Approved | 98 min | Comedy

If Jack Griffith's wife doesn't like the color of a neighbor's house, he'll arrange for it to be a house of a different color. If the owner of the ice cream parlor doesn't believe in ... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Jackie Gleason, Glynis Johns, Charles Ruggles, Laurel Goodwin

Votes: 557

From Quilty:

(Paramount 1962; dir: George Marshall)

A favorite. Jackie Gleason is a turn-of-the-century drunkard with an adorable 8-year-old daughter (Linda Bruhl) who models are parts of her 'Buster Brown' costumes. Gleason indulges his daughter constantly: when she wants a circus pony, he buys her the whole circus. Gleason won an Oscar for singing 'Call Me Irresponsible.'

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25. Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

PG | 115 min | Drama, Mystery

81 Metascore

During a rural summer picnic, a few students and a teacher from an Australian girls' school vanish without a trace. Their absence frustrates and haunts the people left behind.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Rachel Roberts, Anne-Louise Lambert, Vivean Gray, Helen Morse

Votes: 30,592 | Gross: $0.23M

From Quilty:

(Australia, 1975; dir: Peter Weir)

Arty mystery from a novel by Joan Lindsay about three Australian teen schoolgirls who vanished on a picnic in 1900. Nice period touches (the doctor saying "she's quite intact" to everyone). Filmed by John Seale, music by Zanfir, with Anne Lambert as the beautiful Miranda, Karen Robson as Irma, and Margaret Nelson as Sara. Six bare calves, one cow. Quilty says check it out.

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26. Pinocchio's Revenge (1996)

R | 96 min | Fantasy, Horror

A suburban defense lawyer mistakenly gives her troubled daughter, Zoe, a wooden puppet belonging to a deceased serial killer. The toy fills the void of friendship in Zoe's life, but Zoe begins to act increasingly strange and violent.

Director: Kevin Tenney | Stars: Candace McKenzie, Lewis Van Bergen, Ivan Gueron, Thomas Wagner

Votes: 1,862

From Quilty:

(Trimark, 1996; writer/director Kevin S. Tenney)

Another trashy horror flick. (I'm starting to like these!) Brittany Alyse Smith is ringletted 8-year-old Zoe, daughter of a defense attorney whose client just got the death penalty for murdering his son. (He is convicted and executed in four days, surely a record for the American judicial system.) The wooden doll that the killer carved ends up in the possession of the girl (who ultimately is possessed by the doll). 'Remember, Pinocchio, you'll never be a real boy if you keep doing bad things!' Third grade rivalry with Beth (Tara Hartman), who comes to grief. School uniforms, panty flash.

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27. Pretty Baby (1978)

R | 110 min | Drama

66 Metascore

A teenage girl lives as a prostitute in New Orleans in 1917.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Brooke Shields, Keith Carradine, Susan Sarandon, Frances Faye

Votes: 8,960 | Gross: $5.79M

From Quilty:

(Paramount, 1977; dir: Louis Malle)

Keith Carradine plays a character loosely based on E.J. Bellocq who photographed prostitutes in New Orleans in 1917, and of course Brooke Shields is the 12-year-old child prostitute he falls in love with. Despite all her subsequent shortcomings as an actress, Brooke is great and stunning to look at in this highly romanticized tale (compared, e.g., to Thief of Children). Warning: This movie will wear out the freeze frame button on your remote!


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28. Ripe (1996)

R | 92 min | Drama, Romance

When their abusive parents are killed in a car crash, twin sisters Rosie and Violet vow to run away to Kentucky in search of a better life. While on the road, the girls meet up with Pete, a... See full summary »

Director: Mo Ogrodnik | Stars: Monica Keena, Daisy Eagan, Gordon Currie, Ron Brice

Votes: 932

From Quilty:

(Trimark, 1997; dir. Mo Ogrodnik)

Seedy but engaging melodrama about two 15-year-old girls on the lam, guaranteed to give "coming-of-age" flicks a bad name. When their abusive father dies in a car wreck, Violet (Monica Keena) and Rosie (Daisy Eagen) take off for Kentucky. On the way they run into a hippie drifter who works on an army base. The girls become the object of lust for everyone and Daisy learns to shoot a pistol, so the outcome is as predictable as it is improbable. Lots of shots of the girls in states of half-dress. Violet has her first period and examines her blood-stained panties.

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29. Skyggen af Emma (1988)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

Emma (Line Kruse) is an eleven-year-old only child from a wealthy Danish family. Emma's parents seem more interested in their own interests than in her. One evening when Emma overhears her ... See full summary »

Director: Søren Kragh-Jacobsen | Stars: Line Kruse, Börje Ahlstedt, Erik Wedersøe, Søren Østergaard

Votes: 299

From Quilty:

(Denmark, 1988; dir: Søren Kragh-Jacobsen; orig: Skyggen af Emma; Fox Video)

Line Cruse, the blonde actress playing the 11-year-old who runs away from her indifferent well-to-do family, won the juvenile prize at Cannes. She bonds with an ex-con sewer worker who hides her from the authorities. Peeps.

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30. That Night (1992)

PG-13 | 89 min | Drama, Romance

Alice, a ten-year-old girl, looks up to her 17-year-old, wild neighbor across the street. She leads a three-person cheering section as the teenager, named Sheryl, falls in love and has ... See full summary »

Director: Craig Bolotin | Stars: C. Thomas Howell, Juliette Lewis, Helen Shaver, Eliza Dushku

Votes: 2,293 | Gross: $0.02M

From Quilty:

(Warner Bros., 1992; dir: Craig Bolotin)

Add Eliza Dushku to the list of talented young actresses making a hot debut (then vanishing). That Night is set in 1957 and tells the story of a 10-year-old girl who spies on her 17-year-old neighbor (Juliette Lewis) and becomes the go-between in the older girl's romance with a boy from the wrong side of the tracks, while learning about sex and love. Two obnoxious brats torture the girl, and she and her girlfriends (13-year-old Katherine Heigl & 12-year-old Sarah Joy Stevenson) rub cream on their chests to make their breasts grow! Here, let me help you with that. Great 50s soundtrack.

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31. Tiger Bay (1959)

Not Rated | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A twelve-year-old tomboy witnesses the murder of a woman by her Polish merchant marine boyfriend, but bonds with him and thwarts the police in their investigation.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Hayley Mills, Horst Buchholz, John Mills, Yvonne Mitchell

Votes: 2,075

From Quilty:

(UK/Rank 1959; dir: J. Lee Thompson, b&w.)

Hayley Mills made her screen debut in this tense drama with her dad, John Mills, as a police inspector hunting a murdering sailor played by Horst Buchholz. Gillie, the girl, bonds with the killer, using all her 11-year-old wiles to try to protect him. Filmed in Cardiff, Wales, in gritty b&w.

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32. Vigil (1984)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

A lonely girl living on an isolated, mist-cloaked farm is confronted with the changes wrought by a stranger that arrives.

Director: Vincent Ward | Stars: Penelope Stewart, Frank Whitten, Bill Kerr, Fiona Kay

Votes: 507

From Quilty:

(New Zealand 1984, dir: Vincent Ward)

10-year-old Fiona Kay as Toss, the girl who doesn't want to be a ballerina, is great. Her father dies, a stranger arrives. She hangs out with her grandpa, a mad inventor. New Zealand looks cold and wet and deserted -- apart from the sheep. Great shots of Toss plodging about in the mire in her tutu and wellies. She appears in the bath. (Sorry, no jpgs available.)

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33. Walkabout (1971)

GP | 100 min | Adventure, Drama

Two city-bred siblings are stranded in the Australian Outback, where they learn to survive with the aid of an Aboriginal boy on his "walkabout": a ritual separation from his tribe.

Director: Nicolas Roeg | Stars: Jenny Agutter, David Gulpilil, Luc Roeg, John Meillon

Votes: 20,913

From Quilty:

(Fox, 1970; dir: Nicholas Roeg; Janus Films - 1997)

Roeg's brilliant directorial debut about the impact of civilization on Australia. Jenny Agutter plays the 14-year-old schoolgirl who is abandoned with her 7-year-old brother in the Australian outback by their suicidal father. They are rescued by an Aboriginal boy going through his manhood initiation ritual. Lyrical nature shots, and a suffused and sustained eroticism are played off against the brutality of hunting for one's food. The camera seems to zoom in on Jenny's legs in her short pleated grey skirt every time she bends down. Jenny remains proper, but sheds her school uniform to go swimming. She flirts with the Aboriginal lad, but rejects his courtship dance, causing tragedy. Re-released in 1997 in a letterboxed "Director's cut" with five minutes of additional footage (cut originally to get a PG rating) of skinnydipping. Music by John Barry. This is the Director's Cut.

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34. Young Aphrodites (1963)

88 min | Drama, Romance

200 BC. During a merciless drought, the brute nature of man and the delicate essence of woman become inextricably intertwined, as the omnipotence of the carnal instinct demands the total surrender of the flesh.

Director: Nikos Koundouros | Stars: Eleni Prokopiou, Takis Emmanuel, Kleopatra Rota, Vangelis Ioannidis

Votes: 655

From Quilty:

Greece, 1966. Dir: Nik Koundouros, b&w. Award for Best Director at the Berlin Film Festival (but hey, it was the 60s). Partly the story (based on Daphnis & Chloe) of a girl (Kleopatra Rosa, left) reaching puberty in 200 B.C. when they wore animal skins and fornicated wildly. Her loss of innocence is portrayed in a savage, nomadic world. Nudity, rape, the whole 2.8 meters.

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