Tough Girl Review
By Christopher Null
This USC short film by Dean Yamada and Leilani T. Abad (see also The Nisei Famer) had me for about 7 of its 11 minutes. It's about an angst-ridden young girl (hey, what filmic teenager isn't angst-ridden these days?) still coming to grips with her long-deceased mother. She's distant, and she shuns affection, even from the sk8r boi who tries to get close to her.
But then our heroine gets all Sylvia Plath, pacing in her bedroom while fading in and out of the scene, culminating in a freakin' poetry reading in a cafe. If I'd written that poem, I sure as hell wouldn't have read it out loud to anyone! Director Leilani Abad otherwise gets a good performance out of Cinderella Gatcheco ($5 for your name, kid) and has a deft handle on technical direction.
Facts and Figures
In Theaters: Wednesday 28th October 1981
Production compaines: Republic Pictures (I)
Cast & Crew
Director: Leilani T. Abad
Screenwriter: Leilani T. Abad
Starring: James Dunn as Denny Reagan, Mona Freeman as Ziggy Brennan, William Marshall as CPO Martin J. 'Mart' Neilson, June Duprez as Natalie Brennan, Frank Jenks as Joe the Cabbie, Dorothy Vaughan as Mrs. Reagan, Denny's Mother, Charles Arnt as Fred, Natalie's 2nd Husband, Rosalind Ivan as Mrs. Merryman the Nosey Landlady, Fay Helm as Helen, Ziggy's Neighbor, Bill Kennedy as Arthur, Helen's Husband, Connie Leon as Miss Jane, Merryman Resident, Edythe Elliott as Miss Unity, Jane's Sister, Sarah Padden as Mrs. Graves, the Nice Landlady, Jean Stevens as Dottie, Natalie's Friend, Lucien Littlefield as The Florist