Little girls in pretty boxes part 1

  • Published on Jan 22, 2008
  • part 1 of 9

    The often too-intense world of competitive gymnastics is the focus of this made-for-television movie. Courtney Peldon stars as Katie Bryant, an aspiring young gymnast who is willing do whatever it takes to make it to the top of her sport -- including suffering verbal abuse from her demanding coach, competing while injured, and intense dieting. Swoosie Kurtz stars as her mother Allison, who at first agrees to the rigorous training, but later realizes the dangers of her daughter's environment. Mom Allison removes Katie from her strict coaching program and helps her find training with a more positive approach.
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Comments • 180

  • Jude Robinson
    Jude Robinson 20 days ago

    I love that from the beginning of the movie you can tell her mom loves her hella so glad the character was written like that like I got low key emotional wish my mom loved me that much

  • Gabriel's Not Dead
    Gabriel's Not Dead 4 months ago

    I was really good at gymnastics and swimming, but I hated swimming and then started gymnastics class and it took all the fun out of it, so I stopped. Then got to secondary school and hated sports......... I am surprised that half these girls can stick with it. I watched elena mukina she was as miserable as I was and I was only a level 6.

    • C
      C 24 days ago

      which movie do you prefer out of this and perfect body?

  • Deanna B
    Deanna B 7 months ago

    Love this movie

  • Tommy Wiseau
    Tommy Wiseau Year ago +3

    Holy shit flipping in the dark?!

  • Ambrastark77
    Ambrastark77 Year ago

    thanks zinikas!!

  • Gymnastics Paradise
    Gymnastics Paradise Year ago +3

    Just spent 15 mins surfing the net for this movie to find it on YT LOL THANK YOU!

  • Violet Heroine
    Violet Heroine 2 years ago +1

    Gosh... Haven't seen this one in years! I basically started gymnastics because of this movie :)

  • Mary Sutton
    Mary Sutton 2 years ago

    Thanks for uploading this movie.

  • becoming me
    becoming me 2 years ago +11

    This is just like the movie Perfect Body....

    • C
      C 24 days ago

      PB actually came out much later in the year which makes me think it was somewhat of a rip off. I prefer PB tho...

    • megan lee
      megan lee 3 months ago

      It's actually based on a book

    • Vdauntless 30
      Vdauntless 30 Year ago

      I was just going to comment that. This is all memory lane for me, I remember watching these as a teenager when they first came on t.v. They both came out in '97 when I was 15. Yes, I'm getting old,😂

    • Marshan Thomas
      Marshan Thomas 2 years ago

      is it a good movie I started to watch but I stop to look at this one

  • Athziri Reyes
    Athziri Reyes 3 years ago +1

    love this movie since it came out

  • Fuzzy Bunny Slippers
    Fuzzy Bunny Slippers 3 years ago

    Well, Swoozie, if you're the QUEEN of the ATHLETICALLY CHALLENGED, I'm the princess or at least next in line to the throne of ATHLETICALLY CHALLENGED ROYALTY. :D The girl's dad was in a lot of stupid movies. (King Kong Lives) It's NICE to see him in a normal flic.

    LETMEINGUYS 4 years ago +3

    I MUST SAY THIS RIGHT NOW!!! I AM SO SICK OF FUCKING PARENTS Just because a mother and father can afford a kid to train their spoiled rotten kid at an elite level doesn't suddenly somehow physically predispose that child to top notch rigorous training and discipline so yeah a coach does get upset at a teenager when they don't stretch before tumbling and hurts themselves or they eat a bunch of shit befoe a competition and it makes them sick the day of competition TRUST ME there is a reason and there is nothing a coach has shouted at a kid that could compare to what they would be called if they were in public or private school so all of these parents and former gymnasts saying " my poor baby was called dumb or stupid" its because they ARE oh and lets not forget that calls for a bad television show appearance bashing the coach...if the heat is too hot take your wimpy ass kid to a nun that coaches PERIOD!! you wanted this kind of life you walked into my gym i didnt ask you to come 

    • SnowbirdFlock
      SnowbirdFlock Year ago


    • Melle Kerber
      Melle Kerber Year ago

      Yeah well the Romanians falsified documents for their athletes too. Funny how everyone has a problem with the Chinese team winning the bronze in 2000 when the Romanians did the same thing in 1996. Ma Yanhong was another great Chinese gymnast I forgot to mention.

    • SnowbirdFlock
      SnowbirdFlock Year ago


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      SnowbirdFlock Year ago


    • Melle Kerber
      Melle Kerber Year ago

      Then there's Amy Chow, Dominique Dawes, Anya Hatch, Dianne Durham, Betty Okino, He Kexin, Fan Yilin, Yang Bo, Cheng Fei, I can keep going on. The best gymnasts WERE white up until the USSR broke up. I still don't see how ethnicity can make a better gymnast....

  • tam_tam
    tam_tam 5 years ago +2

    i have the piano music in the beginning of the film, like the way beginning when the mom was on teh balance beam. i found that song a few years back but i forget the name of it. so i called it ballet because it reminds me of ballet music :) if you guys want to i can post it, but i'll have to call it ballet until i find the name :)

  • Natasha Summerfield
    Natasha Summerfield 5 years ago

    Shame there aren't more coaches lilt the first one in national gymnastics

  • 29vicko
    29vicko 5 years ago +2

    Alguien la podria poner en español latino saludos

  • ottersRbestEver
    ottersRbestEver 5 years ago +3

    I miss gymnastics so much! I only made it to level 7, but it was so much fun.

  • CoastalWindz
    CoastalWindz 5 years ago +13

    240p we meet again...

    • C
      C 24 days ago

      lol def needs a bluray remaster

  • Hereismytwocents2011
    Hereismytwocents2011 5 years ago +2

    She did the stunts in the movie!

  • Equestrian Sofia
    Equestrian Sofia 5 years ago

    aprenda ingles! o lo que le enseñen en el cole! mae!

  • matys bertaux
    matys bertaux 6 years ago

    il ny est pas en français :(

  • Paulina ZB
    Paulina ZB 6 years ago

    :( no esta en español :C

  • Jessica Busso
    Jessica Busso 6 years ago +4

    This movie is based on a NONFICTION book written by Sports writer Joan Ryan. Therefore they did do their research. The book recounts the lives of over 100 different athletes. They adapted that book into a made for television movie recounting the many different stories through one main character.

  • JenG593
    JenG593 6 years ago

    Forgot about this movie. Love it.

  • Amber Lee
    Amber Lee 6 years ago +1

    Looks like vanessa atler on the bars lol

    • Adleigh Faulkenburg
      Adleigh Faulkenburg Year ago +3

      Makeuphoarder1 Vanessa is amazing I actually am coached by her in gymnastics right now

  • Amber Lee
    Amber Lee 6 years ago

    I totally forgot about this movie i remember watching back in the day

  • Hereismytwocents2011
    Hereismytwocents2011 6 years ago

    She wasn't competing. She was just performing, since she was the champion! If you listen right after she finishes, the announcer welcomes everyone to the finals!

  • Tyler x
    Tyler x 6 years ago

    @rachelandjolanda yes. Jamie dantzscher also stunt doubled for this movie

  • Hereismytwocents2011
    Hereismytwocents2011 6 years ago


  • rachelandjolanda
    rachelandjolanda 6 years ago +1

    Wasn't Vanessa Atler her stunt double?

  • Aisha Braiss
    Aisha Braiss 6 years ago

    This is the same story line as perfect body

  • 97nglamour
    97nglamour 6 years ago

    i miss gymnastics so much...i cant beleive eveything was ruined...

  • 1950steapot
    1950steapot 6 years ago +1

    This is in terrible quality.

  • Denise Spurlock
    Denise Spurlock 6 years ago

    Is this coach like Bobby Knight?

  • Allyson Hammond
    Allyson Hammond 7 years ago

    "Does this mean I can watch television during the week?" lolol omg

  • Tommy Wiseau
    Tommy Wiseau 7 years ago

    i have gymnastics floor musics on my channel if people are interested!

  • Tommy Wiseau
    Tommy Wiseau 7 years ago

    so miss gymnastics

  • Daphne_inProgress
    Daphne_inProgress 7 years ago

    First of all, it's a movie, movies are fake (just like tv, ever seen Make It Or Break It?xD) Second, this was made in 1997, when both filmmaking and gymnastics weren't as evolved as they are now. I started doing gymnastics when I was 5, and when I was 12 (2002) I had surgery on my hip. Before surgery I was training at level A (most difficult). Afterwards it took me 6 years to learn everything over again, and by that time those same skills had dropped to level C or even D. Times change.

  • shamron1
    shamron1 7 years ago

    This movie is based on a book about the world of competitive gymnastics and figure skating

  • twilliger123
    twilliger123 7 years ago

    Actually those are mats, not concrete

  • Tiffany G
    Tiffany G 7 years ago

    what is the song/music from 2:56 - 4:03????
    any one know cuz i really really really loveeee it & would like to here the whole thing!! ")

  • karena222fu
    karena222fu 7 years ago

    Thanks for putting on, I have not seen this one, in literally years) all they put on is junk lately and it is such an inportant message to everyone.

  • robin khan
    robin khan 7 years ago

    Nice video! by the way my mate tried this well known weight reduction plan known as: Impact 790 Diet and dropped 14 pounds within a month. I can not remember the actual website just Google it.

  • Desiree Addis
    Desiree Addis 7 years ago

    This is my favorite movie!!!!

  • Geisha Girl
    Geisha Girl 7 years ago's the dad from "Some Kind of Wonderful" kinda reminds me of my uncle

  • blondiegal397
    blondiegal397 8 years ago

    Perfect Body is better (:

  • 94gymnast
    94gymnast 8 years ago

    @GenieandHammie I always thought it was a mat otherwise she probably would've broken something when she landed her dismount

  • Trapalicious
    Trapalicious 8 years ago +1

    If i was doing beam over concrete at my house and my coach found out I would be killed.

    GYMQUEEN725 8 years ago

    Words in your floor music? Unrealistic!

  • MariaExplorer
    MariaExplorer 8 years ago +1

    that was one of the shortest bar routines I've ever seen...

  • happyjellyfish
    happyjellyfish 8 years ago

    Jeez, they could have done a bit more research on gymnastics. Or had advisor or something.

  • Phoebe Ryan
    Phoebe Ryan 8 years ago

    this is just like Perfect Body

    • C
      C 24 days ago

      but not as good!

  • Ilka Zapata
    Ilka Zapata 8 years ago

    At this point this movie is very similar to "Perfect body". A curious fact is both movies were released the same year and the plot is very similar: young Elite gymnasts trying to get to the Olympics and developing an ED in the process.

  • Rachel Buchner
    Rachel Buchner 8 years ago

    @Kaceyjane123 no kidding, when I don't eat enough I don't have the energy to exercise half the time.

  • beautywithin85
    beautywithin85 8 years ago

    @Kaceyjane123 I have no idea and I used to do it myself...

  • MissLeigh78
    MissLeigh78 8 years ago

    Beethoven? Um, she's a gymnast, not a genius.

  • bansana
    bansana 8 years ago

    the problem with eating disorders is that you actually will loose the muscles weight, and become weak, no matter how much you'll train. a good athlete should know how to eat and train propertly

  • TheWiiumFamily
    TheWiiumFamily 8 years ago

    i wish i could do gymnastics they look so cool!

  • Liza B
    Liza B 8 years ago

    @kemiallisetystavat The gymnast using it was not actually competing at the time she was using it.

  • iheartsjonas
    iheartsjonas 8 years ago

    @fgymnastm12 1997

  • jada ledbetter
    jada ledbetter 8 years ago

    @Kaceyjane123 same i also never understood how they still had the muscles to perform....

  • urbnistiq
    urbnistiq 8 years ago

    @kemiallisetystavat i guess it depends. we used to dance to green acres haha

  • Alicia Dow
    Alicia Dow 8 years ago +2

    This seems almost identical to the film "Perfect Body" with Amy Jo Johnson?!

    • C
      C 24 days ago

      it actually came out about 8 months before PB

  • Lousi Lou
    Lousi Lou 8 years ago

    @fgymnastm12 in 1997

  • CelloRosin
    CelloRosin 9 years ago

    @kemiallisetystavat You are also supposed to be able to see what you are doing. I don;t think a spotlight is sufficient. lol.

  • fgymnastm12
    fgymnastm12 9 years ago

    what year was this made in????????

  • kirstie o sullivan
    kirstie o sullivan 9 years ago

    @Kaceyjane123 ketosis

  • Liciah
    Liciah 9 years ago

    whats the name of the song at 04:21 ?

    • C
      C 24 days ago

      Meriyl Bainbridge 'State of Mind'

  • Cris Mess
    Cris Mess 9 years ago

    I think it's ironic that this movie is talking about the evils of gymnastics and the stunt double, Vanessa Atler, ended up being a victim of USA Gymnastics and bad coaches and a demanding press and the pressure to be perfect.

    • Adleigh Faulkenburg
      Adleigh Faulkenburg Year ago

      trashywilma that was very ironic but I am coached by Vanessa right now in gymnastics and her experience has helped her with coaching and helped her over come many other things

  • malloryjade13
    malloryjade13 9 years ago

    @kemiallisetystavat I think it was just a showcase performance.

  • Mackin Makeup
    Mackin Makeup 9 years ago

    @rachezee foryears ive watched this film and always i suspected it was her!

  • quiltbee
    quiltbee 9 years ago

    god movie so far..thanks....

  • luv2writeksa
    luv2writeksa 9 years ago

    ummm i think the girl who played katie bleached her hair a little... next time check your eyebrow color too please dear. she's very pretty, but it is sooo distracting.

  • Puffinprincess
    Puffinprincess 9 years ago

    This is just about the same as the movie perfect body..Just names have been changed.

    • C
      C 24 days ago

      +Gabriel's Not Dead Exactly! I remember seeing this on TV before PB. Both are great movies, btw, I'd even say PB is better, but if anything PB was inspired by this one. Both deserve a blu ray remaster...

    • Gabriel's Not Dead
      Gabriel's Not Dead 4 months ago

      No its based on lots of gymnast accounts and this was filmed and released 9 months before perfect body

  • Rudziewicz
    Rudziewicz 9 years ago

    Amen. Make it or break it has a problem with that concept too.

  • Meredith Conrad
    Meredith Conrad 9 years ago +1

    you're not supposed to have lyrics in your floor music

  • glamourchick21
    glamourchick21 9 years ago

    Well, some of it might be for drama and atmosphere and capturing the right effect, and I bet a lot of it is just for the sake of it looking right and good on film. I did a little bit of stage lighting in college, and it's mind-boggling sometimes what one light can do.

  • kolbeanta
    kolbeanta 9 years ago

    This is a pretty movie about the elite gymnastics....the dangerous gymnastics could be

  • ost324
    ost324 9 years ago +9

    Why is it that in all these gymnastics and figure skating movies they always have spotlights? That's def. not accurate. We don't use those.

    • C
      C 24 days ago

      yup, artistic license. the boring flat light of a real meet wouldn't lend itself well to cinematography...

    • Gabriel's Not Dead
      Gabriel's Not Dead 4 months ago +1

      Because it's a film and it's for the effect.

    • Kayla Morgan
      Kayla Morgan 6 months ago

      ost324 as a figure skater you’re so right! The only time we’re under spotlights is for shows and specifically showcase competitions!

  • SallyTheSeahorse
    SallyTheSeahorse 9 years ago

    @ Peachypea23 - lol, yeah, his name is Israel Kamakawiwoʻole. :-D

  • kiloymedio
    kiloymedio 9 years ago

    I really like this movie. I wish i had in better quality

  • Megan Hackett
    Megan Hackett 9 years ago

    whats the song at 4.30?

  • Kacey Martin
    Kacey Martin 10 years ago

    i never understood where athletes with eating disorders could have the energy to perform so well.

  • Becky Borchard
    Becky Borchard 10 years ago

    i think i tryed to read when i was a bit younger but someone or it mentions that someone could hador has a really bad accident and i think it kinder scared me so i didnt want to read it lol

  • Becky Borchard
    Becky Borchard 10 years ago

    what happens in this exsactly??? can anyone give me a quick overview of the plot or sumthing??

  • flameisbrighter
    flameisbrighter 10 years ago

    That's funny, the guy playing Greg Bradgin plays a Romanian gymnastics coach on a Law and Order episode
    what an odd thing to be typecast

  • Tommy Wiseau
    Tommy Wiseau 10 years ago

    the girl coach is awesome!

  • yeahyeahd
    yeahyeahd 10 years ago

    I believe they were both released in 1997.. funny how similar they are tho, but both great movies, great actresses.

  • rachezee
    rachezee 10 years ago

    Perhaps but this movie is not too brutally harsh. The book was. And vanessa Adler left the sport with a rather negative experience. But the rest of the cast are gymnasts too. Including the deaf girl. She is actually blind in one eye too. But an incredible gymnast. She trained with Jamie Dazinger (sp?)

  • Leanne A
    Leanne A 10 years ago

    its actually "somewhere Over the Rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwo Ole' its the hawaiian version of that song :D

  • rachezee
    rachezee 10 years ago

    It is Vanessa Adler doing the gymnastic stunts for Katie

  • Le0kardia
    Le0kardia 10 years ago

    sounds like Jason Castro's Banjo version of Somewhere over the rainbow....

  • Madison Suttles
    Madison Suttles 10 years ago

    I could'nt agree more! I am 13 and a former gymnast, and know that. lol,
    I was thinkin the same exact thing. And, the spotlight and such, and what was it? 1 tumbling pass? haha, it just did'nt quiet fit. But, anyways, great movie,

  • pinkrangerwannabe
    pinkrangerwannabe 10 years ago

    I just watched that, it was good.

  • hinnies1
    hinnies1 10 years ago

    she's d granmum of serena in gossip girl now i think.

  • Dochas
    Dochas 10 years ago

    It's a real great film, I really like watching it.
    Does somebody know if the music they play in the scene before Katie and her family enters Greg's hall? It sounds that good and I'd really like to know if the music is from a song or if there's s soundrack or a way just to download the music~

  • promisedove
    promisedove 10 years ago

    she looks like allison mack.

  • Kaya112345
    Kaya112345 10 years ago

    It is like flying. I used to be a gymnast and the uneven bars were and still are my favorite event. The feel of letting go of the bar and flying through the air was absolutely amazing.

  • Miki G
    Miki G 10 years ago

    your comment made me laugh for about 3 minutes

  • CaliMom Laura
    CaliMom Laura 10 years ago

    U R right.. it does look like flying. At least until you miss the bar and then it looks like GRAVITY's revenge.

    I like this movie.. they need to release it on DVD.

  • ladodgerschick
    ladodgerschick 10 years ago

    that's the movie "Perfect Body"