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Circle of Two (1981)

PG | | Drama | November 1981 (USA)
The story of the impossible love between a schoolgirl and a 60-years old painter.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sarah Norton
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Ruspoli
Donann Cavin ...
Smitty
Elan Ross Gibson ...
Gym Teacher
Maggie Morris ...
Music Teacher
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Ashley St. Clair
Larry Ewashen ...
Men at the Cinema
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Mr. Norton
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Mrs. Norton
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Paul
Daisy White ...
School Secretary
George Bourne Sr. ...
Old Man
Bibi Caspari ...
Mime
Gordon Jocelyn ...
Antiquary
Brendan McKane ...
Man at the Terrace
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Storyline

In Toronto, the fifteen year-old student and aspirant writer Sarah Norton meets the sixty year old painter Ashley St. Clair in a cafeteria while hiding from her stalker boy-friend Paul. Ashley hasn't painted for ten years. He agrees to read the poems that Sarah has written. They start seeing each other at his studio and Sarah falls in love with him. Ashley feels a platonic love for Sarah that becomes his muse and he decides to paint again. Paul spies Sarah in Ashley's studio, and misunderstands their relationship, he attacks her in a cornfield but she defends herself. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Obsession  »

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CAD 5,700,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The picture was controversial for showing actress Tatum O'Neal topless as at the time of filming she was just under sixteen years of age. The film's "Lolita" type theme was also controversial despite the fact the relationship between the painter and the young writer was platonic. See more »

Quotes

Sarah Norton: Have you thought about going to bed with me?
Ashley St. Clair: Yes.
Sarah Norton: [walks over to the bed] Let's.
Ashley St. Clair: Obviously, no.
Sarah Norton: Why? Is it because you think I'm a virgin? Because if you think I am...
Ashley St. Clair: You are.
Sarah Norton: I am.
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Referenced in From Stereo to Video (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Circle of Two
Music by Bernard Hoffer
Lyrics by Stanley Jay Gelber
Sung by Kacey Cisyk
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An Outstanding Love Story that runs awry.
17 March 2007 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

I can't say I agree with the writer from England, but then we may have a different view on this film. To start with, I feel that this was one of Tatum's best performances of her film career. While only 17 during filming, she showed the acting ability of an "old soul" and her depth of feeling, not to mention her wit, was outstanding. Richard Burton played his part in an appropriately low keyed manner, which only added to the romantic air of the whole movie. The subject matter is hard for many people to swallow, but the fact of life is that while justice is supposed to be blind, love most certainly is and it can play hell with those involved. If it weren't for the age difference, we would be discussing a later version of Love Story. Maybe the O'Neals are trying to corner the market on love stories. One other item that I disagree with is during the nude scene, Tatum didn't actually offer herself to Richard, but she asked that he paint her in the nude as he had done with a prior lover. Be ye male or female, A Circle Of Two, is certainly made for those die-hard romantics, so if you have seen Love Story and didn't much care for it, then you won't care for this one either. No sex and the nude scene is very brief, so don't watch it for either of those items. However, if you love a good love story and you aren't put off by peoples age, then pull up and chair and rent this one, if you are lucky enough to find it.


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