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This story of four working-class kids in a small industrial town--who go their separate ways after high school in the innocence of 1961 and come together again at the end of the turbulent Sixties--is as much about the coming of age of America as it is about the changes the characters go through. The four friends of the title are thoughtful Danilo, a Yugoslavian immigrant with dreams of being a writer and a scholar; Tom, good-looking and athletic, who is bound for the army; cautious David who has mixed feelings about staying in town and joining the family mortuary business; and lovely, ditzy, exasperating Georgia, who tries to inspire all of them with her longings for a life of Bohemian adventure. It is told through the eyes of Danilo, whose story is loosely based on the writer Tesich's own life growing up in Bloomington, Indiana. Written by
Granted it's alleged that we romanticize the past and I've always loved films -- My video collection is 1,300 (all good+)! and I have an affinity for nostalgic films -- (I also love "Peggy Sure Got Married," (to name but one) even though there's not much I liked (for real) in/about the 50s. But I'd go back to the 60s in a heartbeat (angst and all), even if I had to go back to what I was -- not a pleasant prospect -- although my preference would be to go knowing what I know/being what I am now. I'd therefore not miss such sublime opportunities as that which young Danilo Prozor was offered by Georgia. "Four Friends" is really the only film I've ever seen that sums up the personal essence of the 60s so well -- the uncertainty, hope, idealism, searching, (specific) emotional baggage, heartbreak of reality, love, and friendship. Certainly every generation shares versions of these feelings and loves films which elicit them!? However, "Four Friends" does all this by the use of carefully-chosen (I assume) metaphors and without -- perhaps because of not -- delving into all the socio-political turbulence/unrest. I saw "Four Friends" first run in a very sparsely populated theater. Can't really say why it bombed; I haven't a clue. But I loved it then, and still do! It's a profoundly rich story/film.
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