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Director  Jerry Schatzberg
Music director  Paul Chihara
Language  English
6.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country  United States
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Writer  Marilyn Goldin, Jor Van Kline
Release date  June 1976 (1976-06)
Screenplay  Jor Van Kline, Marilyn Goldin, B.J. Perla
Cast  Stockard Channing (Vurrla Kowsky), Sam Waterston (Le Clerq), Franklyn Ajaye (Edmund), Adrian Sparks (DA), Norman Matlock (John)
Similar movies  Life Begins for Andy Hardy (1941)

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Sweet Revenge (also released as Dandy, the All American Girl) is a 1976 American crime film directed by Jerry Schatzberg. It was entered into the 1976 Cannes Film Festival. This was the second leading role for actress Stockard Channing in a film, following the previous year's The Fortune in which she co-starred opposite Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty.


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Vurrla, also known as Dandy, is a car thief. As a public defender tries in vain to understand her, the only thing driving the young woman is to steal enough automobiles to make enough money to buy a Ferrari Dino, her dream car.

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After being arrested, Vurrla fools her court-appointed lawyer, Le Clerq, into vouching for her character. He later learns that she's been arrested more than once, skips court appearances and is wanted by the law. Le Clerq is irresistibly fascinated by her, even after she abuses his trust and even makes him an unwitting accomplice in a shoplifting.

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Using a scheme that involves various disguises, dialects and phony stories, Vurrla cons a number of innocent people by selling stolen vehicles to each, getting paid in cash. She betrays former boyfriend Andy in the process, causing him to be jailed and lash out at her. She also ends up costing childhood friend Edmund, another thief, his life during a police pursuit when his car plunges off a street ramp.

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Finally unable to cajole her way out of trouble, Vurrla takes possession of her coveted Ferrari, goes for one fast ride in it, then sets it on fire. Presumably ready to surrender to authorities, she is asked by Le Clerq, her lawyer: "Was that absolutely necessary?"


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  • Stockard Channing - Vurrla Kowsky
  • Sam Waterston - Le Clerq
  • Franklyn Ajaye - Edmund
  • Richard Daughty - Andy
  • Norman Matlock - John
  • Marvin Rosand - Policeman
  • Robert Lewis-Ferguson - Policeman #2
  • Betta St. George - Woman Guard
  • Evan A. Lottman - Bailiff (as Evan Lottman)
  • Adrian Sparks - D.A.
  • Jock Dove - Judge
  • Duncan Maclean
  • Brooks Woolley - Ferrari Salesman
  • Edmund Villa - Greg (as Ed E. Villa)
  • Adele Burnett - Judge Adams
  • Reception

    The film was barely released or reviewed. Vincent Canby did not review it until June 26, 1981 in the New York Times, under the title Dandy, the All-American Girl. He wrote: "Dandy' is not exactly a failure, though it is easy to understand why it failed to find an audience." In critic Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide book of reviews, this film, as Sweet Revenge, is called a "turkey" and given his lowest possible rating, "BOMB."


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