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Little Darlings (1980)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 21 March 1980 (USA)
Two fifteen year-old girls from different sides of the tracks compete to see who will be first to lose their virginity while at camp.

Director:

Ron Maxwell (as Ronald F. Maxwell)

Writers:

Kimi Peck (screenplay), Dalene Young (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tatum O'Neal ... Ferris
Kristy McNichol ... Angel
Armand Assante ... Gary
Matt Dillon ... Randy
Margaret Blye ... Ms. Bright (as Maggie Blye)
Nicolas Coster ... Mr. Whitney
Krista Errickson ... Cinder
Alexa Kenin ... Dana
Abby Bluestone ... Chubby
Cynthia Nixon ... Sunshine
Simone Schachter Simone Schachter ... Carrots
Jenn Thompson Jenn Thompson ... Penelope
Troas Hayes Troas Hayes ... Diane
Mary Betten Mary Betten ... Miss Nichols
Marianne Gordon ... Mrs. Whitney
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Storyline

Fifteen year olds Ferris Whitney and Angel Bright meet when they attend the same summer camp and are assigned the bunks next to each other in the same cabin. It's hate at first sight as they are seemingly polar opposites: romantic and literate Ferris comes from a wealthy and thus privileged background, while streetwise and chain-smoking Angel is from the proverbial wrong side of the tracks. But they share one similarity: they are both virgins, the only ones of their age in their cabin. Due to pressure from their cabin mates, most specifically the aggressive Cinder Carlson, the two enter into a bet on who will lose their virginity first and by the end of the summer. Ferris, who initially seems more interested in the pursuit of the opposite sex, quickly sets her sights on Gary Callahan, the much older coach at the camp. But Angel finds her own target, namely Randy Adams, an equally streetwise boy attending the camp across the lake. The process becomes a bonding exercise for the two ... Written by Huggo

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The bet is on: whoever loses her virginity first- - wins. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Queridinhas See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$34,326,249, 21 March 1980
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kristy Macnicol is accused of being a lesbian in the movie; and she denies it. Ironically Kristy Macnicol did come out as a lesbian later in life. Also ironically, Tatum O'neal came out as a bisexual later in life as well. Although the two did not hook up during the shoot. See more »

Goofs

When Randy says "Oh, man," when first meeting the girls, his mouth is not moving. See more »

Quotes

Cinder: No you wouldn't have the guts.
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Crazy Credits

Marianne Gordon is listed in the credits as Mrs. Whitney. The actress filmed scenes as Ferris Whitney's (Tatum O'Neal) mother but her scenes were cut from the film. They gave her the credit as a courtesy! See more »

Alternate Versions

NBC broadcast this film in early 1983 (and reran it in mid-1984) using an alternate version complete with originally cut footage to replace the risqué material as well as sloppy dubbing to cover up all traces of "virginity loss". In one case, when Cinder asks Sunshine to "play something sexy" on her flute, the dubbing changed the line to "play something SULTRY." In place of "whoever loses her virginity first--wins!" came the change "whoever gets a guy first--wins!" There was also a fairly large scene brought out of the vault which had Angel saving Ferris from drowning after Ferris' boat capsizes in a storm. Other new scenes: the hijacked bus breaking down just outside of Camp Little Wolf, forcing the girls to walk back with the condom machine; Miss Nichols asking each of the girls if they know anything about one of the campers being involved with Mr. Callahan; the girls going to Miss Nichols to confess their story (to get Gary out of trouble), including a reluctant Cinder (sporting a black eye from Sunshine's sock to her face). See more »

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One Way Or Another
Written by Nigel Harrison and Debbie Harry
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I Have Never Forgotten This Movie!
12 November 2001 | by subcityiiSee all my reviews

I still remember the first time I saw this movie. It was a sneak preview with Steven Spielberg's occasionally funny comedy "1941." I still remember filling out my preview card rating Tatum O'Neal and Matt Dillon as "Very Good" but rating Kristy McNichol as "Excellent." At the time, I thought I would see the movie once and forget about it. I have seen the movie many, many times and I have never forgotten it. The late Gene Siskel said in his TV review of the movie that it was really two movies, a broad "Animal House" type comedy with food fights and condom jokes (which it is) and a very good coming of age story (which it is). When Matt Dillon was recently on the Bravo series "Inside the Actor's Studio," Dillon heard so many students say they liked this film, he actually said they ought to do a sequel. I hope they don't. I think he was really surprised to hear people praise this movie twenty years later. Some films stay with you and this is one of them. Interesting to see Cynthia Nixon on the HBO series "Sex And The City" after doing this project.


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