American Friends (1991)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  April 1993 (USA)
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Francis Ashby, a senior Oxford don on holiday alone in the Alps, meets holidaying American Caroline and her companion Elinor, the blossoming Irish-American girl she adopted many years ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bryan Pringle ...
Fred Pearson ...
Reverend Francis Ashby
Oliver Syme
Mrs. Cantrell
Ian Dunn ...
Robert Eddison ...
Rushden - The President
Charles McKeown ...
Dr. Butler (as Roger Lloyd-Pack)
John Nettleton ...
Miss Elinor Hartley
Miss Caroline Hartley


Francis Ashby, a senior Oxford don on holiday alone in the Alps, meets holidaying American Caroline and her companion Elinor, the blossoming Irish-American girl she adopted many years before. Ashby finds he enjoys their company, particularly that of Elinor, and both the women are drawn to him. Back at Oxford he is nevertheless taken aback when they arrive unannounced. Women are not allowed in the College grounds, let alone the rooms. Indeed any liaison, however innocent, is frowned on by the upstanding Fellows. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Education in love


Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG for some mild language and sensuality | See all certifications »




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A wonderful and gentle film
6 January 2000 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Michael Palin shows that he has grown beyond his Monty Python days, but he has not left them far behind. His droll portrayal of an Oxford fellow, one who must avoid marriage at all costs, is sheer delight. He meets and cannot avoid falling in love with an American woman, but it is the depth and sincerity of his love that surprises him and us. The cinematography is stunning in Switzerland, and all dark days and wooden paneling in Oxford, in both cases conveying a metaphor for Palin's interior struggle. Wonderful and gentle.

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