Little Darlings (1980)

R | 95 mins | Comedy-drama | 21 March 1980

Director:

Ronald F. Maxwell

Cinematographer:

Beda Batka

Production Designer:

William Hiney

Production Company:

Paramount Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The Summary for this unviewed film was based on reviews in the 19 Mar 1980 Var and the 28 Mar 1980 NYT. The credits are derived from official Paramount Pictures cast and crew information in AMPAS library files.
       Production notes in AMPAS library files reported that Little Darlings was screenwriter Kimi Peck’s feature film debut. Peck overheard the conversation of a group of thirteen-year-old girls, came up with the story, and wrote the first draft of the screenplay in six weeks. She had previously met producer Stephen J. Friedman and asked for his opinion on her script. Friedman quickly optioned the project, and Peck negotiated a “lucrative deal,” including an associate producer credit. Dalene Young was hired to work on the script with Peck, and the 21 Mar 1979 Var announced Young would receive co-credit for the screenplay.
       Var reported principal photography began 19 Mar 1979, and an article in the Feb 1980 Millimeter noted the film had an eight-week shooting schedule, filmed primarily in GA. Production notes stated that Camp Daniel Morgan in Hard Labor Creek State Park, located in Rutledge, GA, was the site of the fictional “Camp Little Wolf.” Other GA locations included Atlanta, Madison, and Eatonton. Additional interior scenes were filmed on stages in Los Angeles, CA.
       In the Feb 1980 Millimeter article, director Ronald F. Maxwell noted that he was under pressure to deliver a film that would receive a PG-rating from the Motion Picture Association of America’s (MPAA) Classification & Ratings Administration. However, the 19 Dec 1979 ... More Less

The Summary for this unviewed film was based on reviews in the 19 Mar 1980 Var and the 28 Mar 1980 NYT. The credits are derived from official Paramount Pictures cast and crew information in AMPAS library files.
       Production notes in AMPAS library files reported that Little Darlings was screenwriter Kimi Peck’s feature film debut. Peck overheard the conversation of a group of thirteen-year-old girls, came up with the story, and wrote the first draft of the screenplay in six weeks. She had previously met producer Stephen J. Friedman and asked for his opinion on her script. Friedman quickly optioned the project, and Peck negotiated a “lucrative deal,” including an associate producer credit. Dalene Young was hired to work on the script with Peck, and the 21 Mar 1979 Var announced Young would receive co-credit for the screenplay.
       Var reported principal photography began 19 Mar 1979, and an article in the Feb 1980 Millimeter noted the film had an eight-week shooting schedule, filmed primarily in GA. Production notes stated that Camp Daniel Morgan in Hard Labor Creek State Park, located in Rutledge, GA, was the site of the fictional “Camp Little Wolf.” Other GA locations included Atlanta, Madison, and Eatonton. Additional interior scenes were filmed on stages in Los Angeles, CA.
       In the Feb 1980 Millimeter article, director Ronald F. Maxwell noted that he was under pressure to deliver a film that would receive a PG-rating from the Motion Picture Association of America’s (MPAA) Classification & Ratings Administration. However, the 19 Dec 1979 Var reported the film received an R-rating.
       The 9 Oct 1979 HR stated that Little Darlings would be released 21 Feb 1980, but the 12 Mar 1980 HR reported the film would open 21 Mar 1980. An item in the 26 Mar 1980 HR announced the film grossed $4,602,468 in its first three days of domestic release, excluding New York. The film opened in the New York area on 28 Mar 1980. The 4 May 1980 Box reported that in the first twenty-four days of domestic release, Little Darlings had a box-office gross of $21,054,303. An article in the 16 Jun 1980 Village Voice listed the film as one of the “hits” of the 1980 releases-to-date.
       Little Darlings marked the feature film debuts of director Ronald F. Maxwell, and actresses Cynthia Nixon, Alexa Kenin, Krista Errickson and Suzanne Hlavacek.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
4 May 1980.
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Hollywood Reporter
9 Oct 1979.
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Hollywood Reporter
12 Mar 1980.
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Hollywood Reporter
19 Mar 1980
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Mar 1980.
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Los Angeles Times
21 Mar 1980
p. 4.
Millimeter
Feb 1980
p. 127.
New York Times
28 Mar 1980
p. 15.
New York Times
21 Mar 1979.
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Variety
19 Dec 1979.
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Variety
19 Mar 1980
p. 28.
Village Voice
16 Jun 1980.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Paramount Pictures Presents
A Steve Friedman/Kings Road Production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
Asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Scr
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
Gaffer
Key grip
Still photog
ART DIRECTOR
Prod des
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
Apprentice ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Prop master
COSTUMES
Cost des
MUSIC
Mus comp and cond
Mus ed
Loc mus arrangements
SOUND
Sd mixer
Re-rec mixer
Sd eff ed
Dial ed
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Titles & opt
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Loc auditor
Scr supv
Unit pub
Transportation capt
L.A. casting by
L.A. casting by
Georgia casting by
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
"Shake It," by Terence Boylan, performed by Ian Matthew, courtesy of Mushroom Records and Rockburgh Records, Ltd.
"On Saturday Afternoons In 1963," written and performed by Rickie Lee Jones, courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
"One Way Or Another," by Deborah Harry and Nigel Harrison, performed by Blondie, courtesy of Chrysalis Records Inc.
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SONGS
"Shake It," by Terence Boylan, performed by Ian Matthew, courtesy of Mushroom Records and Rockburgh Records, Ltd.
"On Saturday Afternoons In 1963," written and performed by Rickie Lee Jones, courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
"One Way Or Another," by Deborah Harry and Nigel Harrison, performed by Blondie, courtesy of Chrysalis Records Inc.
"School," by Richard Davies and Roger Hodgson, performed by Supertramp, courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
"Let Your Love Flow," by Larry E. Williams, performed by Bellamy Brothers, courtesy of Warner/Curb Records.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
21 March 1980
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 21 March 1980
New York opening: 28 March 1980
Production Date:
began 19 March 1979
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures Corporation
Copyright Date:
7 July 1980
Copyright Number:
PA73593
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Lenses
Filmed in Panavision®; Lenses and Panaflex Camera by Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
95
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

At Camp Little Wolf, a summer camp for teenage girls, the poor, streetwise Angel and the rich, romantic Ferris take an instant dislike to each other. Later, when teenage model, Cinder, brags to fellow campers about her supposed sexual exploits, only Angel and Ferris admit they are virgins. Cinder pressures the two rivals into a contest to see which girl can lose her virginity first. The other girls join in the wager, pooling their money and taking sides. Ferris sets her sights on an adult camp counselor, Gary, while Angel pursues Randy, a teenager from the boys’ camp across the lake. Eventually, Angel has sex with Randy, but she chooses to keep their rendezvous private, and let Ferris win the contest. Meanwhile, Ferris attempts to seduce Gary, but he refuses her advances. When pressured by the other girls, Ferris lies about having sex with Gary, and must deal with the consequences of her false ... +


At Camp Little Wolf, a summer camp for teenage girls, the poor, streetwise Angel and the rich, romantic Ferris take an instant dislike to each other. Later, when teenage model, Cinder, brags to fellow campers about her supposed sexual exploits, only Angel and Ferris admit they are virgins. Cinder pressures the two rivals into a contest to see which girl can lose her virginity first. The other girls join in the wager, pooling their money and taking sides. Ferris sets her sights on an adult camp counselor, Gary, while Angel pursues Randy, a teenager from the boys’ camp across the lake. Eventually, Angel has sex with Randy, but she chooses to keep their rendezvous private, and let Ferris win the contest. Meanwhile, Ferris attempts to seduce Gary, but he refuses her advances. When pressured by the other girls, Ferris lies about having sex with Gary, and must deal with the consequences of her false accusation. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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