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The Best Little Girl in the World (1981)

A young girl develops an eating disorder and begins puking up food and starving herself. Her parents, angry and desperate, send her to a hospital where unfortunately she befriends a patient who convinces her to hide her illness on purpose.

Director:

Sam O'Steen

Writers:

David Moessinger (teleplay), Steven Levenkron (novel)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Durning ... Frank Powell
Eva Marie Saint ... Joanne Powell
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Casey Powell
Melanie Mayron ... Carol Link
Lisa Pelikan ... Gail Powell
Viveca Lindfors ... Madame Seurat
David Spielberg ... Dr. Garett
Jason Miller ... Clay Orlovsky
Richard Venture Richard Venture ... Dr. Neil Holzer
Lenora May ... Julie
Laurence Lau ... Mark
Michael Dudikoff ... Chuck
Stephanie Cannon ... Mary
Ally Sheedy ... 1st Girl
Andrea Pope Andrea Pope ... Michelle the Cheerleader
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Storyline

Teenage Casey Powell secretly suffers from anorexia nervosa, a mental and physical illness of deliberately starving herself or making herself vomit, because of her troubled home life and problems at school. Her bickering parents must put aside their differences to help her recover before her condition kills her. Written by Anonymous

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A drama of anorexia nervosa. A movie that just might save your child's life.

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mais Bela Rapariga do Mundo See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Under medical supervision, Jennifer Jason Leigh wasted down to 87 pounds for her role. See more »

Quotes

Carol: They got some new drugs they want to try on me to see if they can cure my bulmarexia.
Casey: What's that?
Carol: What's bulmarexia? I got a lot to teach you. Bulmaxeria is binging, then getting rid of it. You see, it's kind of like eating through the refrigerator, then hitting the pizza joints, burger places, doughnut shops, wherever you can eat, you eat. I can eat three weeks non-stop. I could win awards.
Casey: If you eat like that, then how come, I mean, how come you don't weigh 500 pounds?
Carol: Vomiting.
Casey: I'd rather ...
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Connections

Referenced in Alice: The Best Little Waitress in the World (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

I Think I Understand
Words and Music by Joni Mitchell
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Another true health class film
3 September 2000 | by Cyprus386See all my reviews

I saw this movie in health class as part of the eating disorders unit. I found it to be in the same category as "A Secret Between Friends": Better seen in class than at home. Everyone I know who saw this was disgusted by Casey's bulimic body. I know I was. The only major problem I see here was the anti-climactic ending. They could have definitely done more here.


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