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Girls Town (1996)

A look at a group of girl friends coming-of-age during their senior year of high school in urban America. Nikki and Emma have a heart to heart talk one evening about how much they'll miss ... See full summary »

Director:

Jim McKay
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3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lili Taylor ... Patti Lucci
Bruklin Harris ... Angela
Anna Grace Anna Grace ... Emma
Aunjanue Ellis ... Nikki
Ramya Pratt ... Tomy
Asia Minor Asia Minor ... Marlys Giovanni
Carl Kwaku Ford Carl Kwaku Ford ... Jessie (Boom Box Guy)
Guillermo Díaz ... Dylan
Shondalin Shondalin ... Teacher
Ernestine Jackson Ernestine Jackson ... Nikki's Mom
John Ventimiglia ... Eddie
Mary Joy ... Cora
Stephanie Berry Stephanie Berry ... Angela's Mom
Tara Carnes Tara Carnes ... Heather
Yassira Yassira ... Benita
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Storyline

A look at a group of girl friends coming-of-age during their senior year of high school in urban America. Nikki and Emma have a heart to heart talk one evening about how much they'll miss each other at college next year, but the next day, Nikki doesn't show up at school: she's committed suicide. The friends steal Nikki's journal and discover that she'd been raped. The rest of the movie shows our heroines growing closer in the wake of Nikki's death and the relevation of her secret (Emma reveals that she's also been raped), taking revenge on the men who oppress them, and trying to grow up and move on with their lives. Emma has to deal with a shallow boyfriend, Angela with an overbearing mother, and Patti is trying to finish high school while trying to raise a child and avoid the child's loser father. Written by Martin Lewison <lewison+@pitt.edu>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong language, and for drug use | See all certifications »

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Quotes

Angela: What you see is what you get. It ain't cheap. It ain't free, but it's undeniably me.
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Connections

References Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Prologue (Nikki Remembers)
Sound design and mix by Alex Hall and Brendan Dolan
Excerpt from "Before Her Time"
Performed by Vic Chesnutt and Rob Veal
Composed by Vic Chesnutt and Rob Veal
Published by Ghetto Bells Music and Playground Treatment Music
(Administered by Bug Music Inc.) (BMI)
Sample taken from "Imperial"
Performed by Unrest
Courtesy of Teen Beat Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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A Ten, with qualifications
2 February 2001 | by jtur88See all my reviews

I'm a 62-year-old white male in Northern Michigan, and I liked this film. Rightly or wrongly, I felt that I was getting a good inside look at a culture that I have never brushed shoulders with. Lili Taylor, for a 30-year-old gal from Illinois, seems to have captured the spirit of Patti in a very convincing way, and her body language showed that she really had rapport with her friends. Under ordinary circumstances, I would not choose to watch a film about the subject of school kids in Brooklyn or Hackensack or wherever, but I liked these kids. It's a nice piece for older people to watch, and be entertained by people telling you things you probably didn't know. Rightly or wrongly. I'm not in a position to judge the authenticity of the cultural overview that the film presents. Warning to old fuddie-duddies: The F-word uccurs 31 times in a 51-second scene (Is this a new record?) so don't watch if the grand-kids are around!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Girls Town See more »

Filming Locations:

Hackensack, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$503,667

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$503,667
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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