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The Best Little Girl in the World (1981)

Casey Powell is a young teenage girl who is secretly suffering from anorexia nervosa, a mental and physical illness of deliberately starving herself or self-induced vomiting, because of her... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Frank Powell
... Joanne Powell
... Casey Powell
... Carol Link
... Gail Powell
... Madame Seurat
... Dr. Garett
... Clay Orlovsky
Richard Venture ... Dr. Neil Holzer
... Julie
... Mark
... Chuck
... Mary
... 1st Girl
Andrea Pope ... Michelle the Cheerleader
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Casey Powell is a young teenage girl who is secretly suffering from anorexia nervosa, a mental and physical illness of deliberately starving herself or self-induced vomiting, because of her troubled home life and problems at school in which her bickering parents must put aside their differences to help her recover before her condition kills her. Written by Anonymous

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A drama of anorexia nervosa. A movie that just might save your child's life.

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11 May 1981 (USA)  »

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A Mais Bela Rapariga do Mundo  »

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The leading role originally went to Jodie Foster, but withdrew, since she was attending at Yale. See more »

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Carol: They got some new drugs they want to try on me to see if they can cure my bulmarexia.
Casey: What's that?
Carol: What's bulmarexia? I got a lot to teach you. Bulmaxeria is binging, then getting rid of it. You see, it's kind of like eating through the refrigerator, then hitting the pizza joints, burger places, doughnut shops, wherever you can eat, you eat. I can eat three weeks non-stop. I could win awards.
Casey: If you eat like that, then how come, I mean, how come you don't weigh 500 pounds?
Carol: Vomiting.
Casey: I'd rather ...
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Referenced in Alice: The Best Little Waitress in the World (1982) See more »

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I Think I Understand
Words and Music by Joni Mitchell
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Another true health class film
3 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie in health class as part of the eating disorders unit. I found it to be in the same category as "A Secret Between Friends": Better seen in class than at home. Everyone I know who saw this was disgusted by Casey's bulimic body. I know I was. The only major problem I see here was the anti-climactic ending. They could have definitely done more here.


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