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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:

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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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,326,249
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Licensing rights problems relating to this picture resulted in a number of songs being removed from its videocassette and laserdisc releases. The songs were replaced with sound alike songs. As of 2010, this movie has still yet to be released on DVD. See more »

Goofs

The color of Ferris' blouse changes from purple to pink in the course of the food fight sequence. See more »

Quotes

Dana: I knew this one girl and I swear, she did it on a rollercoaster. Hey Ferris, where's the weirdest place you ever did it?
Ferris: None of your business.
Cinder: Why not?
[to the girls]
Cinder: She probably doesn't know anything.
Ferris: I know enough.
Cinder: Ever been to fourth base?
Ferris: I'm fifteen. No one goes to fourth base...
Cinder: I hit a home run at fourteen. Well I guess some of us are women, and some of us are little girls.
[to Angel]
[...]
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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

NBC broadcast this film in early 1983 (and reran it in mid-1984) using an alternate version complete with originally cut footage to replace the risqué material as well as sloppy dubbing to cover up all traces of "virginity loss". In one case, when Cinder asks Sunshine to "play something sexy" on her flute, the dubbing changed the line to "play something SULTRY." In place of "whoever loses her virginity first--wins!" came the change "whoever gets a guy first--wins!" There was also a fairly large scene brought out of the vault which had Angel saving Ferris from drowning after Ferris' boat capsizes in a storm. Other new scenes: the hijacked bus breaking down just outside of Camp Little Wolf, forcing the girls to walk back with the condom machine; Miss Nichols asking each of the girls if they know anything about one of the campers being involved with Mr. Callahan; the girls going to Miss Nichols to confess their story (to get Gary out of trouble), including a reluctant Cinder (sporting a black eye from Sunshine's sock to her face). See more »

Connections

References Grease (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Let Your Love Flow
Written by Larry E Wiliams (as Larry E. Williams)
Performed by Bellamy Brothers
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Yeah, you know you love it
11 March 2003 | by JZvezdaSee all my reviews

Disclaimer: We all have an Achilles' heel when it comes to our taste in films. There's always that one movie that we admit to liking to that sends our cool-point count plummeting. Here is mine.

Kristy McNichol, Matt Dillon & Tatum O'Neal...how can you go wrong?

Okay, so it goes terribly wrong, but who cares? Any movie where two babes wager a years supply of Bubble Yum over who gets boinked first is cool to me. It could also be that I had an evil crush on Kristy at the time, a curse that was corrected with one viewing of "The Pirate Movie".

You need to see this for 3 reasons:

* Condom machines in public restrooms...in the early 80's!

* Food fight! Pancake to the neck! That really puts me off!

* The worst screen-punch ever committed to Kodak film. Watch as Cynthia Nixon (future "Miranda" of "Sex & The City") throws the lamest fist this side of "Batman" reruns. It's full-out summer-campy! Misses by a good 12 inches!

Tell me you didn't crack a smile when "Let The Love Flow" started playing in that final scene.

Geeks unite! "Little Darlings" made 80's kids run and start packing for summers at Camp Hiawatha!


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