Peter's Friends (1992)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  25 December 1992 (USA)
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Six former college friends, with two new friends, gather for a New Years Eve weekend reunion at a large English countryside manor after ten years to reminisce about the good times now long gone.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alphonsia Emmanuel ...
Lord Morton
Alex Scott ...
Paul (age 7)
Edward Jewesbury ...
Mr. Gooch, Peter's Solicitor
Hetta Charnley ...
Carol's fan at Airport
Bill Parfitt ...
Baby Ben Charleston
Ruby May Musto ...
Baby Ben Charleston
Ann Davies ...


Seven friends in an acting troupe graduate from Cambridge University in 1982 and go their separate ways. Ten years later, Peter inherits a large estate from his father, and invites the rest of the gang to spend New Year's holiday with him. Many changes have taken place in the lives of all the friends assembled, but Peter has a secret that will shock them all. Written by Liza Esser <>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language, and for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los amigos de Peter  »

Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)


$4,058,564 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Several members of the leading cast did actually attend university together. Stephen Fry, Emma Thompson, Hugh Laurie, and Tony Slattery met when they were members of the Cambridge Footlights Amateur Dramatic Club. See more »


As Brian is being picked up by his wife, Carol's bags can be seen on the front steps. Carol had already been picked up by a driver prior to Brian's departure. See more »


Andrew: [Watching Peter fill a basket with firewood] Hello. just coming to see if you're doing it properly.
[Peter throws another log on]
Andrew: Oh, no, you're doing it all wrong - I'll have to help you!
Peter: Do you have wood in Los Angeles?
Andrew: Well, we have Hollywood!
Peter: Now, I don't want to have to tell you again, stop it, stop it now!
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References Upstairs, Downstairs (1971) See more »


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Not a Rip Off of the Big Chill!
11 September 1999 | by (Lancaster,PA) – See all my reviews

This movie has often been dubbed another rip off of The Big Chill. Except for the whole reunion bit, this movie bears little resemblance to the former. It is funnier, wittier and the characters are more clearly defined.The movie centers around Peter, whose father has just died and left him the house. He decides to have a big party and invite his friends from college that he hasn't seen in years.As it turns out, everyone has their problems. Roger and Mary have just lost a child,Maggie is trying to find a man and has her eye on Peter, who is definitely not interested,Sarah is involved with a married man and seems to have trouble getting involved with anyone who's available,Andrew and his Hollywood actress wife are having marriage problems.This movie is well acted, the script is well written,thanks to Rita Rudner and her husband Martin Bergman and the casting is excellent. Starring Stephen Fry as Peter,Kenneth Branagh as Andrew,Hugh Laurie as Roger,Emma Thompson as Maggie,Alphonsia Emmanuel as Sarah and Imelda Staunton as Mary.With Rita Rudner as Carol.

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