Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Adrian Lyne|
|Produced by||David Puttnam
|Written by||Gerald Ayres|
|Music by||Giorgio Moroder|
|Edited by||James Coblentz|
|Distributed by||United Artists Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (current)|
|Box office||$7.4 million|
Foxes is a 1980 American teen drama film directed by Adrian Lyne (in his feature film directorial debut) and written by Gerald Ayres. The film stars Jodie Foster, Scott Baio, Sally Kellerman, Randy Quaid and Cherie Currie (in her film debut). The original music score is composed by Giorgio Moroder, and features the song "On the Radio", sung by Donna Summer. It revolves around a group of girls coming-of-age in suburban Los Angeles toward the end of the disco era.
The film was generally ignored at the box office when it was first released in February 1980. At the time of its release, the film received a positive review from prominent film critic Roger Ebert, who stated, "The movie's a rare attempt to provide a portrait of the way teenagers really do live today in some suburban cultures." It was also one of Jodie Foster's last major roles before she took a four-year hiatus from acting to attend Yale University.
A group of four teenage girls in the San Fernando Valley during the late 1970s have the usual problems. 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 father, a policeman. 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 a car 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?".
- Jodie Foster as Jeanie
- Scott Baio as Brad
- Randy Quaid as Jay
- Sally Kellerman as Mary
- Cherie Currie as Annie
- Marilyn Kagan as Madge
- Kandice Stroh as Deirdre
- Lois Smith as Mrs. Axman
- Laura Dern as Debbie
- Robert Romanus as Scott
- Adam Faith as Bryan
The film received several positive reviews but earned less than $1 million on initial release.
- Nominee: Best Young Actress Starring in a Motion Picture - Jodie Foster
- Roger Ebert's review of Foxes
- Richard Nowell, Blood Money: A History of the First Teen Slasher Film Cycle Continuum, 2011 p 260