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American Friends (1991)

 -  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

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

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Comedy | Drama

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

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Michael Palin says that the plot was taken from a real-life incident involving his great-grandfather. See more »

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Schumann Lieder [Opus 25]
By Robert Schumann
Sung by Susan Denaker
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A well-made, worthwhile film.
19 July 1999 | by (Detroit, Michigan, USA) – See all my reviews

This film, based on the journals of Michael Palin's great-grandfather, is of course humorous, but also teaches a valuable lesson. The script is fantastic, the camera work is beautiful, the acting is superb, and the story, while entertaining, is also quite deep. A must-see for anyone looking for a good film.


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