Little Darlings is a 1980 American teen comedy-drama film starring Tatum O'Neal and Kristy McNichol and featuring Armand Assante and Matt Dillon. It was directed by Ronald F. Maxwell. The screenplay was written by Kimi Peck and Dalene Young and the original music score was composed by Charles Fox. The film was marketed with the tagline "Don't let the title fool you", a reference to a scene in which Randy comments on Angel's name, to which Angel replies, "Don't let the name fool you."
In 1980, A group of teenage girls from Atlanta all head to Camp Little Wolf for the summer. Two girls in particular, the rich romantic young Ferris Whitney (Tatum O’Neal) and streetwise wrong side of the tracks tough chick Angel Bright (Kristy McNichol) meet on the bus headed to camp and already don’t like each other, getting into a fight. The two girls are opposites and rivals throughout most of the film. The ruler of the teen girl clique is snotty and mean teen model Cinder (Krista Errickson) and her and most of her cohorts egg on Ferris and Angel’s fighting and tease them, further exacerbating their hatred of each other. When the group of girls get to camp they are assigned the same cabin, and, much to Ferris and Angel’s chagrin they have sleeping cots next to each other. Cinder who has been prying into the girls’ affairs reveals to the group that Ferris and Angel are virgins and makes a bet to see which girl can have her first sexual experience first, so it’s a bet to see which girl loses her virginity first, and Cinder bets on Ferris. Dana (Alexa Kenin) one of the girls in the group takes charge of the “Angel” group while the other girls continue to take sides, putting money on either Ferris or Angel and this bet spreads throughout the camp, remaining unbeknownst to all the adults. In the interim Ferris falls for the older suave camp counselor, Gary Callahan (Armand Assante)whom becomes her target while Angel ends up meeting and targeting hunky young Randy (Matt Dillon) while the girls sneak out of camp to go “find protection” at the local gas station after stealing a camp school bus to drive out there. Randy is from Camp Tomahawk the all boys camp across the lake so he and Angel make plans to sneak out after hours to see each other.
|author||Dalene Young Kimi Peck|
|director||Ronald F. Maxwell|
|editor||Pembroke J. Herring|
|events||summer camp virginity|
|keywords||after hours best friend boys camp camp counselor clothe disillusion end even fight first time food fight gas station ground group of girls hatred hike hug love and romance meet nothing one night return home school bus sing sleep steal swim teenage girl two girls win wrong side of the tracks|
|producer||Stephen J. Friedman|
|productionCompany||Stephen J. Friedman|