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Little Darlings (1980)

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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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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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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Gross USA:

$34,326,249, 21 March 1980
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of this movie's poster tag-lines, "Don't let the title fool you" actually references a scene in this movie. When Randy comments on Angel's name, she replies: "Don't let the name fool you". 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

Dana: [to Angel on losing her virginity] And don't worry. It's not THAT bad. If it was, everyone wouldn't be doing it.
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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 »


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Let Your Love Flow
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McNichol delivers great performance
12 June 2003 | by rosscinemaSee all my reviews

This is the popular film and now cult classic from 1980 and yes, this is the first time I have viewed it! The story is a familiar one, two girls from opposite side of the tracks are involved in a bet while at summer camp and they wager who loses their virginity first. Kristy McNichol is Angel, a girl raised by her mother in a bad neighborhood who is very tough. You can tell she's tough because she chews gum and when she smokes she blows smoke in your face! Tatum O'Neal is Ferris, a rich girl who's father is divorcing her mother. At the camp the other girls all say they have lost their virginity but Ferris and Angel admit they have not. The girls get their money together and make them agree to the bet. Ferris has eyes on an older camp counselor named Gary (Armand Assante) while Angel meets Randy (Matt Dillon) one of the boys from the boys camp across the lake. The film starts out with the usual bitchy banter from the girls and of course there's a food fight in the dining area. The film is not well made but the acting by McNichol is just top notch. Film has that low budget look about it and its not shot with any creative camera angles. But one thing that the film does well is keep the camera on McNichols face, when you think that the shot is going to change angles it does not. The camera lingers on her and it allows McNichol to vary her expressions during some scenes that require a lot from her. Film also does a good job of having this familiar material be from the perspective of a young girl instead of a young man. This is not a great film, most of the characters are badly written and just cardboard characters but when its time for McNichol to lose her virginity then the film becomes a compelling study of a young girl trying to cope with her first time. Its a very mature performance and one that most actress's of her age would not have handled this impressively. McNichol could vary her emotions at the drop of a hat, one moment she has tears in her eyes and in the next instant she gives you that smile that changes the complexities of the whole scene. You can make a case that its one of the best performances of the 80's. She's that terrific! Its also fun to watch a young Krista Errickson (The First Time) and a very young Cynthia Nixon (Sex in the City). I'm at odds with myself, I don't think its a great film but its one that I just can't stop thinking about. Not hard to figure out why. Thanks Kristy!


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