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Sixteen (1973)

R | | Drama | 15 November 1973 (USA)
A teenage girl who lives with her brother falls in love for the first time when a traveling carnival comes to her small town, but things go badly.


Lawrence Dobkin


Jim Lowe (story), Curtis Brown Taylor (screenplay) (as Curtis Taylor)


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Credited cast:
Mercedes McCambridge ... Ma Irtley
Ford Rainey ... Pa Irtley
Maidie Norman ... Aunt Ada
John Lozier John Lozier ... Bruvver Irtley
Simone Griffeth ... Naomi Irtley
Buddy Foster ... J.C. Irtley
Beverly Powers Beverly Powers ... Carmelita
Peter Greene Peter Greene ... Jake
Parley Baer ... The Reverend
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Corley Robert Corley
Mitchell Edmonds ... County Road Representative
Raymond Edmonds Raymond Edmonds
Jewell Futch Jewell Futch ... Used Car Salesman
Walter Kramer Walter Kramer
Lyla Hay Owen Lyla Hay Owen


A teenage girl who lives with her brother falls in love for the first time when a traveling carnival comes to her small town, but things go badly.

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She Learned Everything The Hard Way




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Release Date:

15 November 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Young Prey See more »

Filming Locations:

Thomaston, Georgia, USA See more »

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Futurama International See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Very similar to the classic film STATE FAIR in plot-line and characters: A small town family goes to a fair while the virginal teenage sister falls for an exciting older guy, and older brother falls for a sexy woman who is an entertainer at the fair. See more »


Featured in Grindhouse Universe (2008) See more »

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Menial hinterland hillbilly trash.
1 March 2004 | by EyeAskanceSee all my reviews

Meagerly funded and pretty trashy tale involving a dirt-poor backwoods couple coming unanticipatedly into a substantial amount of cash. They subsequently take their three kids to the state fair, where the two elder children(a boy and girl in their teens with an implied incestuous relationship)are corrupted by some shifty carnival folks. The girl is coerced into sex with a daredevil motorcycle rider(in front of an audience), and the boy becomes prey to a busty gold-digging stage dancer.

A sub-par and highly forgettable film which might be just quirky enough to interest a few fans of obscure basement cinema. Brief nudity and soft sex scenes may be missing from some prints.

Mercedes McCambridge, appearing rather uneasy here, gets a nomination for the coveted Carradine Award. I imagine she was hard-up for fifty bucks when she signed on for this one. 4/10

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