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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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Poli ton koritsion 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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Did You Know?

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 The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Gorecki
Performed by Lamb
Written by Andrew Barlow (as A. Barlow) & Lou Rhodes (as L. Rhodes)
Published by Copyright Control
Strings by The Chainsaw Sisters
Mix Engineer Ali Statton
Courtesy of Mercury Recordds
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Great slice of high school
2 June 2007 | by cnewfSee all my reviews

I accidentally ran into this movie on the Sundance channel and couldn't stop watching it. Menace and danger plus banality and boredom - high school from top to bottom, and nothing that anyone does or says in this really well-acted film is anything other than exactly what a 17-year-old would do or say. Good moments include the teen mom telling off a guy for dogging her one day and accepting his charm offensive the next; the only visible mom having no ability to say any unangry, unjudgemental thing to her tough, suffering daughter; and the ineffective and heartbreaking confrontation with the guy the three friends think drove their fourth friend to suicide. The girls are p_ssed, resentful, revengeful, smart, excited, violent, and together all in on the right scale - an excellent girls' Dazed and Confused that gets a perfect 10 for realness.


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