Circle of Friends (1995)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  7 April 1995 (USA)
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'Circle Of Friends' is set in 1950's Ireland. The movie focuses on Benny Hogan and her best friend, Eve Malone. The story centers around Benny and Eve as they enter student life at ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nan Mahon
Sean Walsh
Simon Westward
Mick Lally ...
Dan Hogan
Britta Smith ...
Mrs. Hogan
Brian Mahon
Ruth McCabe ...
Emily Mahon
Professor Flynn
Tony Doyle ...
Dr. Foley
Marie Mullen ...
Marie Conmee ...
Mrs. Healey


'Circle Of Friends' is set in 1950's Ireland. The movie focuses on Benny Hogan and her best friend, Eve Malone. The story centers around Benny and Eve as they enter student life at University College, Dublin. Here Benny and Eve reunite with their childhood friend, the ice-cool Nan Mahon, the 'college belle'. They also encounter the handsome and charming Jack Foley, whom Benny quickly falls for. Written by Anonymous

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For everyone who ever thought the person they loved was out of their reach See more »


Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

7 April 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Círculo de amigos  »

Box Office


$23,397,365 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Minnie Driver's feature film debut. See more »


When Benny and Eve are walking down the street near the beginning of the film, the local butcher comes out of his shop holding a cleaver in his hand. In the immediate next shot, both of his hands are tucked into his apron with no cleaver in sight. See more »


Bernadette 'Benny' Hogan: You mustn't mess me about. I know I may look like a rhinoceros, but I've got quite a thin skin really.
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Sweet and refreshing
5 December 2000 | by (Florida, USA) – See all my reviews

This is the first movie I ever saw with Minnie Driver, and I loved how the director made her get porked up for the role. We were meant to see the inner beauty of Benny, of course, but also to see that occasional external loveliness that can come through in her purely emotional situations.

Of course, I thought Nan was acting rather like a whore when she bedded Jack for all the wrong reasons, just as the audience was meant to despise such an act. As a whole, my emotions were pulled in all the right directions, so kudos to the directing crew!

A story of love, friendship, curiosity, betrayal, and forgiveness that hits all the right chords.

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