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Puberty Blues (1981)

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


Bruce Beresford


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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


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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The coolest things to do are the things they say we can't do. See more »


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

10 December 1981 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Al diablo con la virginidad See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,381, 17 July 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Over one hundred girls were seen and interviewed for the two lead female roles which in the end were cast with Jad Capelja and Nell Schofield. See more »


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


Debbie Vickers: [during attempted sex] It's hurting.
Bruce: Keep still.
Debbie Vickers: Ow! Oh. It's no use. It's too big.
Bruce: Shit.
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Puberty Blues
Performed by Jenny Morris
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Real teen drama only rises to the average
3 February 2014 | by videorama-759-859391See all my reviews

On the surface, this film can be seen for what it is, a stark realization of teen angst in Cronulla, at the start of the eighties. Inseparable friends, Debbie and Sue, want to travel with the cool gang, but first must endure the humiliation and sucking up to get there. Granted, these scenarios were very real in that very real time. PB is a very realistic movie, with lot a laughable moments, because they're relatable. It also has one tragic moment too. PB is very entertaining, I must says and deals with real teen issues. But to be honest, I couldn't stand the guys of this popular group, more a bunch of rude surfie pigs, which to be part of em', guy or girl, wouldn't be worth the trouble. After all, I have my pride. In fact, they got more annoying, as the movie went on. The message sent here, is "be you for you are, and don't conform to fit in with others, while letting your real values or talents suffer". When the two girls finally excel in their tries of surfing, it's a morning of victory, despite some of the negative reactions from those pigs. Great opening wide shot of Cronulla beach, crawling with beachgoers, plus I like Bruce's meeting with Debbie's olds. Almost priceless, as also the interior walls of his panel van, filled with lewd pictures. Also, watch how quick it takes for a whole cake to go off, when devoured by those thankless pigs. Very real performances that are in no way great, but convincing, the older veteran stars better. Much alike, FJ Holden you could say, that should of also spawned a t.v. show, but this movie is too basic, and simplistic, especially if viewing it, in today's times, with not the most original dialogue.

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