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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:

Puberty Blues 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

Gillian Armstrong was the first choice to direct but turned the film down. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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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Connections

References The Benny Hill Show (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Lipstick and Leather
Performed by The Breakers
Written by Kim Fowley and Jim Manzie (as James Manzie)
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A chick flick but still worth a look
10 February 2005 | by a-haakeSee all my reviews

I don't know if I'd go as far as to say that this movie belongs to the 'Aussie trash' pile, but it's fair to say that there are no Academy Award nominees here. What must be considered is that most of the actors in this film weren't actually actors as such, just kids with nothing better to do at the time. There were many others that were offered roles in the film but turned them down to go surfing up the coast; all things taken into account, it really wasn't a bad movie for its time. In some respects it's really not unlike today's times, where peer pressure is still alive and kicking, just without the mobile phones, computers and other similar gadgets that kids lived without, unlike this generation. Anyway, I have to rate this flick as an old fave that I watch once in a blue moon and never take too seriously...


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