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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 »

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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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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

Debut film of actress Cynthia Nixon, who would later become the future Miranda Hobbes of Sex and the City (1998). Nixon played Sunshine, the little Hippie flower-power girl. See more »

Goofs

When the girls first get their cabin assignments, Penelope says that Cabin C is for Little Kids (10-year-olds). Later, when Cinder is taking the bets, a much-older girl hands her money and says that Cabin C is betting on Ferris to win. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Angel: This is my friend Ferris Whitney... my best friend.
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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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One Way Or Another
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Silly but likeable.
6 June 1999 | by David-240See all my reviews

This movie isn't as bad as its plot may suggest, mainly because of two excellent performances from Kristy McNichol and Matt Dillon. They both convey beautifully the discovery of sexuality and the confusions that go with it.

Less successful is Tatum O'Neal, who sounds like she's reading her lines from cue cards, and her rather unbelievable romance with Armand Assante (who had a very hairy back!).

The other girls have fun with their roles, especially Cynthia Nixon. But how daggy this era was! Everyone looks so drab.


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