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New Waterford Girl (1999)

A gifted teenager, dreaming of life beyond her small town, becomes inspired when a 15-year-old girl from New York moves in next door.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mooney Pottie
... Lou Benzoa
... Cookie Pottie
... Frances Pottie
... Midge Benzoa
... Cecil Sweeney
Darren Keay ... Lexter Pottie (as Darren Kaey)
Kevin Curran ... Joey
... Betty-Anne Pottie
... Darlene Pottie
Adrien Dixon ... Felix Pottie
Patrick Joyce ... Darcy Benzoa
Lorne Pardy ... Father Madden
... Doctor Hogan
Susan Quinn ... Sandra (as Susan Laney Dalton)
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Storyline

It's sometime in the 1970's. Fifteen year old loner Agnes Marie Pottie - nicknamed Mooney - dreams of escaping life in New Waterford, a coastal Nova Scotia town on Cape Breton Island. She has quiet contempt for most of the people around her - including her large family - who don't share her sensibilities. They, who are ruled by Catholic mores, in turn think she's unconventional and weird. She thinks she's realized her dream when, with the help of her teacher Cecil Sweeney, who himself has escaped to New Waterford to find himself (at which he has been unsuccessful so far), she has been awarded a scholarship to attend an art school in New York. Her dreams are temporarily dashed when her parents don't allow her to go. She devises a plan to get out of New Waterford, one that goes against her loner status. In the meantime, a bit of New York comes to New Waterford in the form of Lou Benzoa, who, with her dance instructor mother, has temporarily moved next door to the Pottie's to escape life... Written by Huggo

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Get Pregnant Now. Lose Virginity Later.

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21 January 2000 (USA)  »

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Dziewczyna z New Waterford  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$44,302, 7 July 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$774,469, 1 October 2000
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Trivia

When writer Tricia Fish moved to New Waterford at age 13 with her family, her six-year-old brother ran into their kitchen one day all bloody, and happily said, "I made a friend!" She incorporated this into the movie, in an identical scene with the character of Darcy, Lou's little brother. See more »

Goofs

On the DVD edition that has subtitles, the subtitles get some lyrics wrong in the opening credits song. When the singer sings the words "Draggin' the line", the subtitles read "Livin' a lie". It's especially a strange goof since "Draggin' the Line" is actually the name of the song. See more »

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[first lines]
Moonie Pottie: I wasn't really born here, you know. When I was a tiny infant, my real mother, a famous opera singer, dropped me from a silver jet as she passed over what she saw as a beautiful tropical coastline. God's country.
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Soundtracks

Lee Oompa Kum Pah Pah
Performed by Leigh Ashford
Written by Gord Waszek, Buzz Shearman and Joe Agnello
Published by Alota Music
Courtesy of Alota Music
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A unique film
3 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

I truly enjoyed this film. I'm usually not the type to like the girl coming to age films. But I loved this one probably because its not completely focused on the usual girl growing breast and realizing she's now a woman, story plot. Instead its about a girl that will do almost anything to get out of her small mining town. Including pretending to be a floozy and getting pregnant. I think the two lead actress (Liane Balaban and Tara Spencer Nairn)are great and I'm sure they will go far. If you like a good not so coming of age film check out this one I'm sure you will like it.


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