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Foxfire (1996)

The story of five teenage girls who form an unlikely bond after beating up a teacher who has sexually harassed them. They build a solid friendship but their wild ways begin to get out of ... See full summary »

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Joyce Carol Oates (novel), Elizabeth White (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hedy Burress ... Maddy Wirtz
Angelina Jolie ... Legs Sadovsky
Jenny Lewis ... Rita Faldes
Jenny Shimizu ... Goldie Goldman
Sarah Rosenberg Sarah Rosenberg ... Violet Kahn
Peter Facinelli ... Ethan Bixby
Dash Mihok ... Dana Taylor
Michelle Brookhurst ... Cindy
Elden Henson ... Bobby (as Elden Ratliff)
Cathy Moriarty ... Martha Wirtz
Richard Beymer ... Mr. Parks
Fran Bennett Fran Bennett ... Judge Holifield
John Diehl ... Mr. Buttinger
Chris Mulkey ... Dan Goldman
Jay Acovone ... Chuck
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The story of five teenage girls who form an unlikely bond after beating up a teacher who has sexually harassed them. They build a solid friendship but their wild ways begin to get out of control. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Rated R for teen nudity, drug use, strong language and some violent situations | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amigas See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$141,617, 25 August 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$258,263, 1 September 1996
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When working on this film, Angelina Jolie stated "I would probably have married Jenny if I hadn't married my husband. I fell in love with her the first second I saw her." The Jenny she referenced is Jenny Shimizu. See more »

Quotes

Madeline 'Maddy' Wirtz: Where do you live?
Margaret "Legs" Sadovsky: Mostly in my head.
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Version of Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang (2012) See more »

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Me & My Charms
Performed by Kristin Hersh
Written by Kristin Hersh
Courtesy of Sire Records/4AD Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Cliches' kill film!
17 July 2003 | by rosscinemaSee all my reviews

This story was taken from a novel from the 1950's and that might explain to some degree why this script was so predictable and contrived. Story is about a group of high school girls who are being harrassed by the science teacher and one day they meet a drifter named Legs (Angelina Jolie). The group consists of Maddy (Hedy Burress), Rita (Jenny Lewis), Violet (Sarah Rosenberg), Goldie (Jenny Shimizu) and of course Legs. The five of them beat up the teacher and they all get suspended. Then they decide to hang out in an abandoned house where they start bonding and getting into trouble like when they break into the school at night and accidently start a fire. They all tattoo themselves with a symbol but the rest of their community is resentful of them. After an altercation with a school jock and stealing his car, Legs is sent away for 6 months. She gets out but Goldie has been hooked on drugs and is sick so they kidnap her father (Chris Mulkey) and want him to pay for her rehab. The big problem with this film is the script and instead of these characters being put in realistic situations, they're surrounded by cardboard characters and cliches'. The teachers are unsympathetic to their claim of abuse by the science teacher, Goldie's father is a physically abusing jerk, the jocks at school are neanderthals (Of course) so when we watch these five females were suppose to understand their frustration. Its such a contrived set-up of events that its totally unbelievable. Some may say that the story was based on true events but the story was written in the 50's and when this was filmed in the 90's it just doesn't cross over. Jolie seems to be playing the same character that she would play in "Girl, Interrupted" so now I'm forced to question just how versatile an actress she is. I do think the film does a good job of showing that these girls really like being around one another. The friendship of all of them is evident and it rings true. I also enjoyed the performance of Hedy Burress who played Maddy and while I admit she didn't steal any scenes from Jolie (Who can?) she still demonstrated that she has a strong presence. For you trivia buffs out there, Shimizu and Jolie were lovers in real life and the making of this film is where they met. This film had real potential to be something special and interesting but it drowns in cliches' and cardboard characters. What a shame because all the actors are very good and they deserved better.


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