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Four Friends (1981)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  11 December 1981 (USA)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Danilo
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Georgia
Michael Huddleston ...
David
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Tom
Scott Hardt ...
Young Danilo
Elizabeth Lawrence ...
Mrs. Prozor
Miklos Simon ...
Mr. Prozor
Michael Kovacs ...
Prozor Neighbor
Beatrice Fredman ...
Mrs. Zoldos
Pier Calabria ...
Conductor
Zaid Farid ...
Rudy
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Gergley
Felix Shuman ...
Principal
George Womack ...
Mr. Bellknap
Todd Isaacson ...
Senior Kid
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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 babatjie

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All the boys love Georgia...and Georgia loves all the boys!

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11 December 1981 (USA)  »

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SEK 6,561,725 (Sweden)
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Filmed on the campus of Northwestern University (Evanston IL). See more »

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As Danilo Prozor is fighting with Gergley in the bar, one can see the shape of knee pads worn under Prozor's trousers. See more »

Quotes

Georgia: I love you like the Pilgrim loves the Holy Land, like the wayfarer loves his wayward ways, like the immigrant that I am loves America, and the blind man the memory of his sighted days.
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Hit The Road Jack
Words & Music by Percy Mayfield
© 1961Tangerine Music Corp.
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One of my top 5 all time favorite films
18 January 2006 | by (Etiwanda, California) – See all my reviews

I haven't seen this film for over 20 years, but it had such an impact on me that I remember sitting through the credits and for several minutes after in complete awe. This is one of the most underrated films of the entire decade in which it was originally released. I just ordered a copy of it on DVD and paid for overnight shipping and can't wait for it to arrive. It is uplifting at times, and also very dark and somewhat disturbing. It's a story of a close-knit band of regular kids growing up in the inner city and makes one feel as though they are actually sitting on the sidelines, rather than watching on a movie screen or television. Hard to explain, but it is something that must be experienced. The story starts at childhood and tracks the lives of the four main characters through high school and as they embark on their separate journeys in life. The entire cast did an incredible job and it's by far the best work of Jodi Thelen's career. I'm hoping that the DVD lives up to my memory and plan on watching it this Friday with a good friend.


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