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Valley Girl (1983)

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Julie, a girl from the valley, meets Randy, a punk from the city. They are from different worlds and find love. Somehow they need to stay together in spite of her trendy, shallow friends.

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Martha Coolidge
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... Randy
Deborah Foreman ... Julie Richman
Elizabeth Daily ... Loryn
Michael Bowen ... Tommy
Cameron Dye ... Fred Bailey
Heidi Holicker ... Stacey
Michelle Meyrink ... Suzi Brent
Tina Theberge Tina Theberge ... Samantha
Lee Purcell ... Beth Brent
Richard Sanders ... Drivers' Ed Teacher
Colleen Camp ... Sarah Richman
Frederic Forrest ... Steve Richman
David Ensor David Ensor ... Skip
Joanne Baron ... Prom Teacher
Tony Plana ... Low Rider
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Julie, a girl from the valley, meets Randy, a punk from the city. They are from different worlds and find love. Somehow they need to stay together in spite of her trendy, shallow friends. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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When punk meets prom the fun begins! [Video Australia] See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bad Boyz See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,856,780, 1 May 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$16,797,122, 23 October 1983
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Valley 9000 Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The marquee of Chinese Theatre says An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), which co-stars Tony Plana who plays the Low Rider who taunts a drunken Randy. See more »

Goofs

When the driver's ed teacher jumps out of the car, the door audibly slams shut behind him. When Julie parks the car afterwards, however, the front passenger side door is open. See more »

Quotes

Julie Richman: Do you think she really does all the stuff she says?
Stacey: You know, I think she does. I mean, who could make up 'That stuff tastes like Clorox.'?
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Alternate Versions

Originally, Men At Work's "Who Can It Be Now?" was played during the scene where Randy climbs into the upstairs bathroom through the window and hides in the shower, hoping that Julie will eventually come into the bathroom. In the Special Edition DVD, "Shelley's Boyfriend" by Bonnie Hayes and the Wild Combo continues playing from the previous scene, replacing the Men At Work tune. See more »

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Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.162 (2010) See more »

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Angst in My Pants
Performed by Sparks
Written by Ron Mael, Russell Mael
Hansa France Rights in USA & Canada by April Music Inc. ASCAP
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
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Specific time--yet timeless
1 September 2001 | by vivalarsxSee all my reviews

Valley Girl will always hold a special place in my heart: I would say this is certainly the best of the 80's teen-sex-comedies, but that is a back-handed compliment. This is a good movie, period. It is very specific in time and place--nearly twenty years later this is a marvelous snapshot--yet its story remains timeless. (This is just Romeo and Juliet, minus the death, after all!) Nicolas Cage is wonderful, showing all the early promise that, it turns out, he has squandered on overblown action crapola. Deborah Foreman is the revelation of this movie, and I can't believe she didn't go on to have a bigger career; someone rediscover her QUICK. This is sweeter and gentler than most films of the genre--the requisite nudity seems thrown in by contractual obligation--and, while not groundbreaking, it certainly is nice to see this kind of movie that respects its characters and doesn't crucify its shallow young girls for having fun--even Foreman's crew of best friends, misguided by peer pressure, are never presented as villains. (Indeed, her friend Stacy, forced to doubledate w/ Cage's friend Fred, has a good time despite her protests, and makes out w/ Fred in the backseat.) This will take you back to the early 80's if you were there, but it holds up quite well today. Warning to those unfamiliar with the movie: do NOT watch one of VH1's seemingly continual showings of it--go rent it in its unedited glory. Otherwise, you are missing some of the movies' most potent, time-specific dialogue. And one can't write about Valley Girl and not mention the fabu soundtrack of great 80's tunes--most of them by one-hit wonders, which are not only integral to the sense of time and place in this movie, but thematically well-chosen. See it--awesome little flick! Fer shur!!


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