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Daddy's Girl (1996)

A girl's bright smile masks a psychopathic soul that will eliminate anyone who comes between her and her doting father.


Martin Kitrosser


Steve Pesce


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Complete credited cast:
William Katt ... Don Mitchell
Michele Greene ... Barbara Mitchell
Roxana Zal ... Karen Conners
Mimi Craven ... Rachel Landers
Peggy McCay ... Grandmother
Whip Hubley ... Mark Springer
Gabrielle Boni ... Jody Mitchell
Ruth Manning Ruth Manning ... Mrs. Hemp
Lindsay Ridgeway ... Claire Landers
Madison Mason ... William Tucker
Freda Foh Shen ... Dr. Marsh
Christopher Kriesa ... Dr. Richardson
Sarah Long Sarah Long ... Nurse
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddie Daniels
Jennifer Drake Jennifer Drake


After a difficult school year, Jody's teacher, Ms. Hemp, informs her that she'll recommend that Jody's father send her to a special boarding school the next year. Horrified at the thought of being separated from her beloved father, Jody sneaks into school the next day when nobody's there but Ms. Hemp and brutally murders her by crushing her with a bookcase. As other people come between Jody and her father, they meet similar fates. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Evil has an innocent face


Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and menace perpetuated by a child | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

23 December 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Menina do Papá See more »

Filming Locations:

San Jose, California, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo


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Did You Know?


When Jody first goes to the school, her school record is in her bike basket. She later picks it up from the file cabinet after killing the principal. See more »


Jody Mitchell: [after killing Rachel] Divorce this, Rachel!
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Spoofs The Bad Seed (1956) See more »

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Unsettlingly plausible and fiendishly scripted
5 June 2011 | by bob_megSee all my reviews

As is probably obvious from my past reviews, I have a weak spot for both Slasher and Bad Seed genre flicks. What I really liked about "Daddy's Girl" was that it violated a lot of my expectations and especially the formula that many BS movies (kind of an appropriate abbreviation) have followed in recent years, most notably the wildly overrated and amazingly dumb "Orphan."

Let's be real for a second. Yes, I know this is a Pierre David production, which almost spells HACKFLICK at the starting gate. This isn't an A-grade production. The acting is OK...it's competent, as is the direction. You're not going to get an Oscar worthy film that blows your doors off or even something as stylized as Fatal Attraction. It does, however, manage to keep your attention, and I believe that's largely due to Steve Pesce's script, which is more well-researched and plotted than this class of picture usually deserves.

Unlike the reviewer who raved about the script being abysmal, I thought there was a very logical progression to the problem child's (Gabrielle Boni) psychosis. Her back-story synced up well with her behaviors and motivations and she isn't presented for the first third of the film as a raving, terminally evil, maniacal psycho. Sure, she's got maladaptive behaviors, but the triggers for these behaviors turning lethal are plausible --- at least to an developing, unstable mind.

In addition, there are many twists that occur which you don't see coming and many false leads. And the kills are, while not 100% bulletproof, pretty damn clever and well within the means of a capable (and motivated) child.

To top it off, It doesn't end in the usual way, either. It's a strange ending, in that it doesn't hit any of the usual horror movie clichés.

And that's overall why I'd recommend it. Many have commented that Rosi's performance is one-note, horrible, and hammy --- I'd say it's pretty close to dead on considering how unstable her character is supposed to be. It's not an "actorly" or polished performance and that actually feels right here. Yes, she spouts villain one liners but....maybe she watches a lot of Bad Seed movies.

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