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Friends (1971)

A rich English boy meets an orphaned French girl and as they become friends, create a world that is far away from the adult world we live in.


Lewis Gilbert


Lewis Gilbert (story), Vernon Harris (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Sean Bury ... Paul Harrison
Anicée Alvina ... Michelle Latour
Ronald Lewis ... Mr. Harrison
Toby Robins Toby Robins ... Mrs. Gardner
Joan Hickson ... Lady in Bookstore
Pascale Roberts ... Annie
Sady Rebbot Sady Rebbot ... Pierre


A rich English boy meets an orphaned French girl and as they become friends, create a world that is far away from the adult world we live in.

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who needs the world when you own the moon and stars.


Drama | Romance


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Lewis Gilbert made this smaller, more intimate film after working back-to-back on two big budget extravaganzas - You Only Live Twice (1967) and The Adventurers (1970). See more »


In the opening sequence, we first see Paul stealing a 1969 Plymouth Valiant with a single-piece front grill. 47 seconds later, he gets out of a 1968 Plymouth Valiant with a split front grill and a different license plate. In response to a You Tube comment, Sean Bury said in 2016 he believed they were rental cars and when the producers went back the next day, the first car had been rented out so they rented the closest model available. See more »


Song lyrics: Out there there's not a sound to be heard, / And the seasons seem to sleep upon their words, / As the waters freeze up with the summer's end. / Oh, it's funny how young lovers start as friends. / Yes, it's funny how young lovers start as friends.
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Followed by Paul and Michelle (1974) See more »


Can I Put You On
Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
Performed by Elton John
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Could almost be watched with the sound off
6 July 1999 | by hecklesSee all my reviews

I'm rather astonished that this film is still available in the United States, where by decree of our Congress individuals under eighteen are not allowed to be shown having sex. Or for that matter, even permitted to have sexual thoughts.

That being said, you'll like this film, if you can ignore the highly sappy plot and just enjoy the two young stars and the travelogue-like images of South of France. If you had a first love as sweet as Paul or Michelle (I know, 'sweet' is a rare breed these days)you'll particularly smile.

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Release Date:

29 October 1971 (West Germany) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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