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Little Darlings (1980)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 21 March 1980 (USA)
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 (as Ronald F. Maxwell)

Writers:

Kimi Peck (screenplay), Dalene Young (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tatum O'Neal ... Ferris
Kristy McNichol ... Angel
Armand Assante ... Gary
Matt Dillon ... Randy
Margaret Blye ... Ms. Bright (as Maggie Blye)
Nicolas Coster ... Mr. Whitney
Krista Errickson ... Cinder
Alexa Kenin ... Dana
Abby Bluestone ... Chubby
Cynthia Nixon ... Sunshine
Simone Schachter Simone Schachter ... Carrots
Jenn Thompson Jenn Thompson ... Penelope
Troas Hayes Troas Hayes ... Diane
Mary Betten Mary Betten ... Miss Nichols
Marianne Gordon ... Mrs. Whitney
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Storyline

Fifteen year olds Ferris Whitney and Angel Bright meet when they attend the same summer camp and are assigned the bunks next to each other in the same cabin. It's hate at first sight as they are seemingly polar opposites: romantic and literate Ferris comes from a wealthy and thus privileged background, while streetwise and chain-smoking Angel is from the proverbial wrong side of the tracks. But they share one similarity: they are both virgins, the only ones of their age in their cabin. Due to pressure from their cabin mates, most specifically the aggressive Cinder Carlson, the two enter into a bet on who will lose their virginity first and by the end of the summer. Ferris, who initially seems more interested in the pursuit of the opposite sex, quickly sets her sights on Gary Callahan, the much older coach at the camp. But Angel finds her own target, namely Randy Adams, an equally streetwise boy attending the camp across the lake. The process becomes a bonding exercise for the two ... Written by Huggo

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cabin | summer | virginity | sex | virgin | See All (54) »

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The bet is on: whoever loses her virginity first- - wins. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Queridinhas See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$34,326,249, 21 March 1980
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was Matt Dillon's second feature film. Over the Edge (1979) made a year before was his first. See more »

Goofs

The first time Angel and Randy go to the boathouse she picks him up in a tan canoe. When they pull into the boathouse the canoe is green. See more »

Quotes

Ferris: Can we talk?
Gary: Yeah, why not? We're lovers now, right? I thought you were a nice person. Sensitive. Just a little goddamn fraud. You owe me an explanation. Talk to me, Ferris.
Ferris: I wanted the girls to like me. I wanted to be in just once. I didn't want to be the rich kid.
Gary: So you made up some ridiculous story that we've been getting it on together?
Ferris: No, no, not exactly. I tried to tell them the truth.
Gary: You didn't try hard enough.
Ferris: Please, Mr. Callahan...
Gary: No "Mr. Callahan." We have been intimate, right?
Ferris: ...
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Crazy Credits

Marianne Gordon is listed in the credits as Mrs. Whitney. The actress filmed scenes as Ferris Whitney's (Tatum O'Neal) mother but her scenes were cut from the film. They gave her the credit as a courtesy! See more »

Alternate Versions

The US home video version (in the red box) has music which differs from the theatrical version. The first VHS version from Paramount in the blue box is intact and correct. See more »

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Let Your Love Flow
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Performed by Bellamy Brothers
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Good (not so clean) Fun
29 July 2003 | by syllavusSee all my reviews

I grew up with this movie, surprising considering that I was born in 1979 and literally cannot remember a time when I did not know and enjoy this movie. I suppose my parents figured that being a small toddler and child I wouldn't get the sexual aspects of the movie. They were right. Although I nearly died of embarrassment years later when I asked my father quite innocently what were those "balloon things" that the girls stole from the restroom.

This movie is campy (no pun intended) this movie is 80's-style cheesy, but none of these factors change the fact that this is a GOOD movie. It details the exploits of a group of teenage girls at summer camp more accurately than any other summer camp movie I've seen. The acting isn't sterling at all times, but it doesn't change the fact that you feel as if you really are watching a bunch of girls goofing off and having fun at summer camp. The food fight scene is wonderfully real with the actors all genuinely laughing and having a great time, the condom-thieving scene is legendary and never loses its hilarity. All the fun and silliness is balanced with the seriousness of some of the situations they get themselves into, and there is a wonderful sense of shared growth between the characters. As stated by many other reviewers, Kristy McNichol shines in her role as Angel, and pulls off a startlingly emotional performance opposite a young Matt Dillon.

I recommend this movie to every preteen girl, even though it is a tad outdated, I think the heart of the movie will still ring true to all girls out there.


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