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Foxes (1980)

R | | Drama | 29 February 1980 (USA)
A group of four teenage girls come of age in the asphalt desert of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley arranged with a blazing soundtrack and endless drinking, drugs and sex.

Director:

Adrian Lyne

Writer:

Gerald Ayres
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jodie Foster ... Jeanie
Cherie Currie ... Annie
Marilyn Kagan ... Madge
Kandice Stroh ... Deirdre
Scott Baio ... Brad
Sally Kellerman ... Mary
Randy Quaid ... Jay
Lois Smith ... Mrs. Axman
Adam Faith ... Bryan
Sloan Roberts Sloan Roberts ... Loser (as Jon Sloan)
Jill Barrie Bogart Jill Barrie Bogart ... Sissie
Wayne Storm Wayne Storm ... Frank
Mary Margaret Lewis Mary Margaret Lewis ... Gladys
Grant Wilson ... Greg
Fredric Lehne ... Bobby
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Storyline

Four best friends, with four different personalities, have issues of their own. Deidre is fascinated by her sexuality and has many boyfriend problems. Madge is unhappily overweight and has overprotective parents. Annie boozes and does drugs, and runs away from her abusive father, a policeman. Jeanie has to take care of them and is fighting with her divorced mother. The only way to loosen up, and forget all the bad things happening in their lives, is to party and have fun. Jeanie is ready to grow up and wants to stop acting like a child. Annie is the worst of them all and Jeanie is worried about her the most. She risks her neck more than once trying to keep Annie clean and free from trouble. However, Annie's unstable behavior and flare ups keeps everyone on edge. Written by MGM/UA Home Video

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The city had it coming... Daring to do it! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 February 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Twentieth Century Foxes See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$221,141, 2 March 1980, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,470,348, 31 December 1980
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Company Credits

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Casablanca Filmworks See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Donna Summer's hit song "On the Radio" is heard through this 1980 movie - the piano instrumental score is a recurring motif. A disco version of the song is heard in a later scene during the house party. See more »

Goofs

Jodie Foster's hair changes during the party scenes. In some shots, she's wearing two combs (pulling her hair off of her face), while in other shots, she's wearing one comb with the other side combed straight down. See more »

Quotes

[closing narration]
Jeanie: Back in the heavy stoned days, when we used to stay up and talk a lot, Annie and me, we were talking about dying, how it feels and all. I said I'd never get buried. I couldn't stand them shoveling dirt in my face. Like, I know I'd be dead, but I still might have this strong compulsion to breathe, okay? But Annie, she said she wanted to be buried right in the ground under a pear tree. Really. Not in a box or anything. She said she wanted the roots going right through her, and ...
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Connections

Referenced in The Runaways (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

On the Radio
Theme from Foxes (1980)
Lyrics by Donna Summer
Music by Giorgio Moroder
Performed by Donna Summer
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Growing up in LA
18 June 2015 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Foxes is Adrian Lyne's debut movie after a successful stint in creating commercials in the 1970s.

Just like Alan Parker in Bugsy Malone, he teams up Jodie Foster and Scott Baio taking a meandering look at the friendship of four teenage girls growing up in LA's San Fernando Valley in the late 1970s as they deal with sex, drink, drugs, partying, love and growing up. Jodie Foster tries to protect them all but some are hell bent on self destruction. Giorgio Moroder provides the tinny synth music and Donna Summer sings the infectious title song 'On the radio.'

Looking at the film over three decades later it features a more grimy and seedier suburb, its still contained in the disco era where even the adult characters seem lost and screwed up. British actor Adam Faith has a cameo as Jodie's dad who is a tour manager.

Despite the on-screen talent which contains several Oscar nominees this is a rather dull and plodding film with very little point to it. The music livens it up a little as Glam rockers Angel make an appearance.

Lyne makes good use of lighting and establishes a visual look that will become popular in the 1980s.


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