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A Small Circle of Friends (1980)

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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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Nick Baxter
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Alice
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Crazy Kid: Draft Inductee (as Dan Stern)
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Dorm Proctor
Jamie Squire ...
Karate Student
Mary Margaret Amato ...
Girl in Shower
David Hollander ...
Editor of 'Crimson'
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Amigo é para Essas Coisas  »

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The soprano that sings Steinman's score at the midway point (when Nick leaves Jessica following his fight with Leo) is director Rob Cohen's sister who was trained in opera. 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: Where's your boyfriend from?
Jessica Bloom: San Francisco.
Leonardo DaVinci Rizzo: That's not a boyfriend. That's a pen-pal!
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Features The Big Sleep (1946) See more »

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Theme for the Masses
Harry Palmer
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I was one of the few people who actually saw it in a theatre!
8 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Movie that takes place at Harvard University in Cambridge MA from 1967 to 1971. Three students are starting at Harvard. Nick (Jameson Parker)-tall, handsome, muscular and serious; Leo (Brad Davis) a rebel who lashes out at everything) and Jess (Karen Allen) a sweet, serious and intelligent woman. Both Nick and Leo fall in love with Jess at various times and the film follows them through the four years at school and we see them change--in good ways and bad.

This was filmed in Cambridge back in 1979. I remember because I grew up in Arlington--a town that borders Cambridge. I know what Harvard Square and Harvard University looked like back then and it was really great to see it captured on film. Also we see the great Orson Welles Cinema that was in Cambridge--a wonderful art house theatre that burnt down in 1985. I remember catching in a totally empty movie theatre in Boston back in 1980. The fact that it was locally filmed was advertised to the hilt--but nobody came. I can't see why because I LOVED it. I found it totally believable with interesting characters and situations. Seeing it again now all these years later I'm not as totally impressed with it as before. I found the situations and dialogue clichéd and too many unexplained events--WHY was that building chained shut at Harvard and the lottery wasn't explained either. Also, sadly, Parker is a terrible actor. He's tall, handsome and muscular but says every line with a blank look on his face. I seriously didn't know HOW to take some of his dialogue! Still, I DO like the film and recommend it. Allen and Davis give GREAT performances; it moves quickly (I was never once bored); the scenery is beautiful; the music score was incredible (it includes an instrumental of "Total Eclipse of the Heart") and it all ends in a totally unrealistic but happy ending. A must see for any Massachusetts residents who love Boston and Cambridge. Also future stars Daniel Stern and Shelley Long have small roles.


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