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A Small Circle of Friends (1980)

R  |   |  Drama  |  9 October 1980 (Australia)
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Harvard in the 1960's: a time of social upheaval and student unrest. Three students bond together, challenge the system and begin to lose their ideals.

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Leonardo DaVinci Rizzo
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Jessica Bloom
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Alice
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Alex Haddox
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Jimmy
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Crazy Kid: Draft Inductee (as Dan Stern)
Jason Laskay ...
Dorm Proctor
Jamie Squire ...
Karate Student
Mary Margaret Amato ...
Girl in Shower
David Hollander ...
Editor of 'Crimson'
Frank Rich ...
Assistant Editor of 'Crimson'
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Harvard in the 1960's: a time of social upheaval and student unrest. Three students bond together, challenge the system and begin to lose their ideals. Written by Anonymous

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A Small Circle Of Friends...learning to live in the turbulent sixties! [AustraliaTheatrical] See more »

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9 October 1980 (Australia)  »

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Amigo é para Essas Coisas  »

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The Cafeteria in the Walker Memorial Building at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) substituted for a Harvard dining hall. See more »

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Students are seen dancing to the Rolling Stones record "Street Fighting Man" moments after President Lyndon Johnson's television address in which he announced he was not running for reelection. However, that speech was delivered on the last day of March 1968, while the song had not even been recorded yet and was not released until the last day of August 1968. See more »

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Leonardo DaVinci Rizzo: [posing as a blind man in line to register for classes] Is this a full load?
Class Selection Secretary: Almost.
Leonardo DaVinci Rizzo: In that case, I would like to take Photography 101.
Class Selection Secretary: [delicately] Um, I don't think...
Leonardo DaVinci Rizzo: Madame, I know I am blind! But I don't see why that should hold me back from taking the classes I want. Look at Beethoven, deaf as he was... did anybody tell him not to compose music? Look at Helen Keller... blind as a bat. Did anybody tell her not to teach? Or how about Van Gogh, just because he cut off his ear. No!
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References The Untouchables (1959) See more »

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A moving lesson in friendship
8 October 2002 | by (bahamas) – See all my reviews

A brilliantly realized movie, with a lovingly detailed script by Ezra Sacks, about three Boston college students and their changing relationships during the turbulent anti-Vietnam protests of the 1960's. Brad Davis as Leo, the wild man, Jameson Parker as Nick, his straight-arrow buddy and the lovely Karen Allen as the Radcliffe artist they both love. One of the few American movies that succeeds in handling a menage a trois without being tasteless. Both funny and heartbreaking, this is a lovingly realized tale about a tragic period in American history and the toll it took on the student population. Shamefully underrated at the time of its release, this is a superior movie, with quality contributions from all sides, that deserves a much greater recognition than it has received. First time director Rob Cohen does a terrific job, drawing from his own experiences at Harvard during this turbulent anti-war period. A haunting musical score from Jim Steinman that echoes with familiarity from his later works. Anyone purchasing the DVD should listen to Cohen's audio commentary to appreciate just how greatly he was involved in the creation of this movie and to understand the battles that the students of the 60's had to wage against an oppressive and unheeding government. Plaudits to everyone involved in this worthy endeavor. This is a history lesson every student of today should be obligated to watch.


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