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Puberty Blues (1981)

The mating rituals of two teenage surf chicks from the southern suburbs of Sydney.

Director:

Bruce Beresford

Writers:

Gabrielle Carey (novel), Margaret Kelly | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nell Schofield ... Debbie Vickers
Jad Capelja Jad Capelja ... Sue Knight
Jeffrey Rhoe Jeffrey Rhoe ... Garry (as Geoff Rhoe)
Tony Hughes Tony Hughes ... Danny
Sandy Paul Sandy Paul ... Tracy
Leander Brett Leander Brett ... Cheryl
Jay Hackett Jay Hackett ... Bruce
Ned Lander ... Strach
Joanne Olsen Joanne Olsen ... Vicki
Julie Medana Julie Medana ... Kim
Michael Shearman Michael Shearman ... Glenn
Dean Dunstone Dean Dunstone ... Seagull
Tina Robinson Hansen Tina Robinson Hansen ... Freda (as Tina Robinson)
Nerida Clark Nerida Clark ... Carol
Kirrily Nolan Kirrily Nolan ... Mrs. Vickers
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Storyline

Meet Sue, a teenage Australian girl in the late 70s, whose life mainly consists of doing what everyone else does - watch the surfing boys and have sex with the same surfing boys. The girls have to follow lots of strange customs, e.g. do not eat or go to the bathroom when a boy is around. Ugly girls have two choices - being bitches and hate boys, or being generally cheap and looked down upon by everyone. The afternoons are spent on the beaches, in the backseats of car or at home-alone-parties where sex and alcohol are the main ingredients. Parents and teachers are trying to straighten the kids out, but that is not easy. Written by Rune Dahl Fitjar <rfitjar@online.no>

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Getting them can be fun! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 1981 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Al diablo con la virginidad See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,381, 17 July 1983

Gross USA:

$237,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$237,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The tagline for the film's source novel by Kathy Lette and Gabrielle Carey in at least one edition reads "A Surfie Saga". See more »

Goofs

Debbie's hair changes length throughout the film. See more »

Quotes

Debbie Vickers: It stinks.
Sue Knight: What?
Debbie Vickers: Everything.
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Connections

References The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Puberty Blues
Performed by Jenny Morris
Written by Tim Finn
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A very eighties look at teenage life by the beach
3 August 1999 | by BelindaSee all my reviews

Puberty Blues is a movie about being a teenager.. unlike it's American, high budget counterparts such as Pretty in Pink or Fast Times at Ridgemont High, it is a very honest look at life as a teenager. It centres around two girls who are trying to fit in with the "surfie chick" crowd and to do so must participate in the usual teenage antics (sex, drinking, cheating on History tests etc.). What the film lacks in plot, budget and acting it makes up for with sheer honesty - there's no ultra happy "feel-good" ending like in the formentioned counterparts, but instead you are left with the impression that life really was like that for them. All in all, one to be seen, but forgotten.


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