Foxes (film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byAdrian Lyne
Produced byDavid Puttnam
Gerald Ayres
Written byGerald Ayres
StarringJodie Foster
Scott Baio
Sally Kellerman
Randy Quaid
Music byGiorgio Moroder
CinematographyLeon Bijou
Michael Seresin
Edited byJames Coblentz
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • February 29, 1980 (1980-02-29)
Running time
106 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$7.4 million[1]
Box office$57.4 million[2]

Foxes is a 1980 American coming of age drama film directed by Adrian Lyne from a screenplay written by Gerald Ayres. The film stars Jodie Foster, Scott Baio, Sally Kellerman, Randy Quaid, and Cherie Currie. It revolves around a group of teenage girls coming of age in suburban Los Angeles toward the end of the disco era.

Foxes was theatrically released on February 29, 1980 by PolyGram Pictures. The film marked Foster's final major film appearance before she took a sabbatical from acting to attend Yale, and also marked the acting and directing debuts of Currie and Lyne respectively. It received positive reviews from critics and was a box office success grossing over $57 million worldwide against its $7.4 million budget. The film has attained a cult status and is often cited amongst the greatest teenage centric films.


A group of four teenage girls in the San Fernando Valley during the end of the 1970s have painful emotional troubles. Deirdre (Kandice Stroh) is a disco queen who is fascinated by her sexuality, likes boys and has many relationship troubles. Madge (Marilyn Kagan) is unhappily overweight and angry that she is still a virgin. Her parents are overprotective, and she has an annoying younger sister. Annie (Cherie Currie) is a teenage runaway who drinks, uses drugs, and runs away from her abusive police officer father. Jeanie (Jodie Foster) feels she has to take care of them all, is fighting with her divorced mother, and is yearning for a closer relationship with her distant father, a tour manager for the rock band Angel.

The girls believe school is a waste of time, their boyfriends are immature, and that they are alienated from the adults in their lives. All four seem immersed in the decadence of the late 1970s. (The adults in the film seem to be caught up in the craziness of the era as well.) The only way for them to loosen up and forget the bad things happening in their lives is to party and have fun. Annie is the least responsible, while Jeanie is ready to grow up and wants to stop acting like a child. Jeanie is most worried about Annie and continually takes risks to try to keep Annie clean and safe. Annie's unstable behavior keeps everyone on edge, and finally leads to her death in an automobile accident.

Annie's death brings changes for the rest of the girls. Madge marries Jay (Randy Quaid), an older man who deflowered her, Deirdre no longer acts boy-crazy, and Jeanie graduates from high school and is about to head off to college. After Madge and Jay's wedding, Jeanie visits Annie's grave and smokes a cigarette. With a smile, she muses that Annie wanted to be buried under a pear tree, "not in a box or anything", so that each year her friends could come by, have a pear and say, "Annie's tastin' good this year, huh?"



The film received several positive reviews and earned $57.4 million on a $7.4 million budget, becoming a major box office success.[3]


Foxes was released in a Region 1 DVD by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on August 5, 2003. A Blu-Ray edition of the film was released by Kino Lorber on January 15, 2015.




Nominee: Best Young Actress Starring in a Motion Picture – Jodie Foster


  1. ^ Foxes at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ Foxes at Box Office Mojo
  3. ^ Nowell, Richard (2011). Blood Money: A History of the First Teen Slasher Film Cycle. Continuum. p. 260.

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