Around the Fire (1998)

R  |   |  Drama  |  26 September 1998 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.6/10 from 586 users  
Reviews: 23 user | 8 critic

Around the Fire is the deeply resonant story of a boy named Simon, who despite being raised in an upper-class Manhattan household with all its privileges--and restrictions--is haunted by ... See full summary »



(as John Comerford) ,
0Check in
1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Boys Club (1997)
Drama | Thriller | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Three teenage boys in small-town Southern Ontario are thrilled when Luke Cooper, a mysterious American fugitive with a gunshot wound in his leg, decides to crash their secret hideout. Luke ... See full summary »

Director: John Fawcett
Stars: Chris Penn, Dominic Zamprogna, Stuart Stone
Knots (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A male-centric take on contemporary relationships, where three guy friends look for love and commitment.

Director: Greg Lombardo
Stars: Scott Cohen, John Stamos, Annabeth Gish
Action | Romance | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

In this action-comedy, four twenty-something friends are looking for love and having no luck. While on a ski trip, one of them finds passion with a beautiful girl after a random accident on... See full summary »

Director: Lorena David
Stars: Monique Demers, Meat Loaf, Benjamin King
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Gordon Patrick (Nick Moran), a young CIA analyst is assigned to investigate the mysterious death of a major Russian political figure.

Director: James D. Deck
Stars: Tara Reid, Nick Moran, Gregg Henry
The Guilty (2000)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young person gets hired to kill someone completely unknown, by someone equally unknown. Or is that true? Nothing is what it seems.

Director: Anthony Waller
Stars: Bill Pullman, Devon Sawa, Gabrielle Anwar
Devil's Den (2006)
Action | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Two small time drug-dealers cross paths with a female-assassin, a monster hunter, a Japanese swordsman and even the Devil himself at a gentlemen's club housing murderous she-demons.

Director: Jeff Burr
Stars: Kelly Hu, Devon Sawa, Ken Foree
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A single father balances his work as an attorney with the care of his five year old son and his work as a high school basketball coach in rural Kansas, where he moved after his wife ... See full summary »

Director: John N. Smith
Stars: Vince Vaughn, Monica Potter, Joey Lauren Adams
Devil's Pond (2003)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

What starts out as a romantic honeymoon on a deserted island turns into a horrible nightmare as Julianne discovers that her new husband is psychotic. Trapped on the island, he has no plans ... See full summary »

Director: Joel Viertel
Stars: Kip Pardue, Tara Reid, Meredith Baxter
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

Matt and Julia aren't having the greatest relationship on earth. They've got a successful advertising agency but Matt suspects his wife of having an affair and is getting so obsessed with ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Malenfant
Stars: Tara Reid, Colm Meaney, Angus Macfadyen
Wild America (1997)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Three brothers - Marshall, Marty and Mark dream of becoming naturalists and portraying animal life of America. One summer their dream comes true, they travel through America, filming ... See full summary »

Director: William Dear
Stars: Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Devon Sawa, Scott Bairstow
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.7/10 X  

The monster of a man's recurring nightmare turns out to be real when he and his friends go on a weekend trip to a remote area.

Director: Mark Stouffer
Stars: Devon Sawa, Sanoe Lake, Matthew Lawrence
Robin of Locksley (TV Movie 1996)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A teenage Robin Hood steals for a needy cause in this updated tale of doing the wrong thing for the right reason.

Director: Michael Kennedy
Stars: Devon Sawa, Sarah Chalke, Billy O'Sullivan


Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Harris
Lisa Burgett ...
Simon's mother
Blaine Walker ...
Young Simon
Manny the Hippie ...
Vegan GooBall Man
Heath Lourwood ...


Around the Fire is the deeply resonant story of a boy named Simon, who despite being raised in an upper-class Manhattan household with all its privileges--and restrictions--is haunted by the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of his mother. In Simon's eyes, his high-powered businessman father Matt wasted no time in remarrying his stepmother Lauren, a woman with a perfect facade whom he suspects of having an affair with Matt long before his mother's demise. When Simon is sent away to boarding school in preparation to attend Princeton, he meets Andrew, who introduces him to marijuana and LSD, and immerses him into a whole new world populated by dreamers, artists, utopians, flower children and partiers who spend the better part of their lives "on tour" at musical festivals. Simon is deeply moved by the beauty and freedom of these people, and feels they are the family he has always sought. At his very first concert Simon meets Jennifer, a beautiful young hippie to whom he is ... Written by B Dahlia <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Can't find my way home. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive drug content, language, and some sex/nudity | See all certifications »


Official Sites:



Release Date:

26 September 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ali bruciate  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$1,200,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


See  »

Did You Know?


Simon: Why weren't you in class?
Andrew: Because math sucks, man.
See more »


I've Enjoyed About As Much As I Can Take
Written by Richie Lee, Mark Lightcap and Steve Hadley
Performed by Acetone
used by permission of WB Music Corp. / Satin Sheen Music (ASCAP)
1993 Vernon Yard Records courtesy of Caroline Records, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

good except for one thing....
26 April 2003 | by (Lexington, KY) – See all my reviews

Tara Reid wasn't at all convincing in her role- and I've never seen a hippie chick with that much makeup. Though the whole movie is drenched in tie-dye, the 'authentic' feel of a tour atmosphere is lacking. But the main character is easy to relate to (even if you haven't lived the life on the road) and the movie is generally entertaining. Good to see once.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
havent seen this IThwartThee
Cool Doc! malte_larson
All involved should be shot!!!! citizengayne
I love imdb hey811
Devon Sawa slipcat555
story behind movie? Sharemaggs
Discuss Around the Fire (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: