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The Facts of Life Down Under (1987)

Blair, Tootie, Natalie, Jo, Beverly Ann, and Andy visit the land down under. Blair and Jo are warned of a planned jewel heist; Beverly Ann visits a beau from many years ago; Natalie is ... See full summary »


Stuart Margolin


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cloris Leachman ... Beverly Ann Stickle
Lisa Whelchel ... Blair Warner
Kim Fields ... Dorothy 'Tootie' Ramsey
Mindy Cohn ... Natalie Green
Mackenzie Astin ... Andy Moffett
Nancy McKeon ... Joanne 'Jo' Polniaczek
Mario Van Peebles ... David Johnson
Joss McWilliam Joss McWilliam ... Nick Aintree
Jay Hackett Jay Hackett ... Kevin Colton
Andrew McKaige Andrew McKaige ... Ren Calley
Noel Trevarthen ... Roger Pitt
Misty Bernard Misty Bernard ... Jane Willis
Barbara-Jane Cole Barbara-Jane Cole ... Miss Carstairs
Gary Waddell Gary Waddell ... Hugo
Kristoffer Greaves Kristoffer Greaves ... Denny


Blair, Tootie, Natalie, Jo, Beverly Ann, and Andy visit the land down under. Blair and Jo are warned of a planned jewel heist; Beverly Ann visits a beau from many years ago; Natalie is stranded in the outback; and Tootie meets a Yale student who pretends to be a young Aborigine. Written by Attmay

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15 February 1987 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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In syndicated reruns, this TV-movie is divided into four episodes of the television series, "Facts of Life, The" (1979). A total of about 8 minutes are excised by the distributor to sell more commercial time. See more »


Follows The Facts of Life Goes to Paris (1982) See more »

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A lighthearted caper in the southern hemisphere
28 January 2005 | by TymeLord8See all my reviews

After having already invaded Paris, The Facts of Life girls head to Australia. Their international misadventures may seem innocent and sweet, but they were in reality a cover-up for a secret Communist plot to upset the world order by sending New York schoolgirls to sway wavering countries to the comrade cause.

Er, not really! :-) The Facts of Life Down Under has nothing to do with Communism or world domination, but it does involve a harrowing jewelry theft of global proportions...which in essence doesn't jibe with the show's premise of showcasing adolescent & college-aged women coping with life's problems. Not too many young women I'm familiar with find themselves being chased by tricky thieves and bumbling secret agents. Still, though, this TV movie does manage to capture most of what made the series so totally awesome - Tootie and Natalie get lost in the Outback, only to meet handsome men who set them back on the right path, while Beverly Ann and Andy spend some bonding time at a sheep farm (not bonding with the sheep, but with each other). With these subplots, it makes overlooking the ridiculous jewel heist main plot that much easier.

I have to give props to The Facts of Life Down Under for portraying some very gorgeous Australian scenery, both the geographical and the hottie hunk kind (including an early appearance by Mario Van Peebles). While it doesn't stay totally true to the spirit of the series, for the most part it does make an effort to find its heart.

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