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Circle of Two (1981)

PG | | Drama | November 1981 (USA)
The story of the impossible love between a schoolgirl and a sixty-year-old painter.

Director:

Jules Dassin

Writers:

Marie-Terese Baird (novel), Thomas Hedley Jr. (as Thomas Hedley)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tatum O'Neal ... Sarah Norton
Norma Dell'Agnese ... Ruspoli
Donann Cavin Donann Cavin ... Smitty
Elan Ross Gibson Elan Ross Gibson ... Gym Teacher
Maggie Morris Maggie Morris ... Music Teacher
Richard Burton ... Ashley St. Clair
Larry Ewashen Larry Ewashen ... Men at the Cinema
Robin Gammell ... Mr. Norton
Patricia Collins ... Mrs. Norton
Michael Wincott ... Paul
Daisy White Daisy White ... School Secretary
George Bourne Sr. George Bourne Sr. ... Old Man
Bibi Caspari Bibi Caspari ... Mime
Gordon Jocelyn Gordon Jocelyn ... Antiquary
Brendan McKane Brendan McKane ... Man at the Terrace
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Storyline

In Toronto, the fifteen-year-old student and aspirant writer Sarah Norton meets the sixty-year-old painter Ashley St. Clair in a cafeteria while hiding from her stalker boyfriend Paul. Ashley hasn't painted for ten years. He agrees to read the poems that Sarah has written. They start seeing each other at his studio and Sarah falls in love with him. Ashley feels a platonic love for Sarah that becomes his muse and he decides to paint again. Paul spies Sarah in Ashley's studio, and misunderstands their relationship, he attacks her in a cornfield, but she defends herself. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Theirs was a love against all odds. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Obsession See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Budget:

CAD 5,700,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was controversial for showing Tatum O'Neal topless, as at the time of filming she was sixteen-years-old. The film's "Lolita" type theme was also controversial, despite the fact the relationship between the painter and the young writer was platonic. See more »

Quotes

Ashley St. Clair: He loved her to madness; her madness and his.
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Connections

References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Piccolo Concerto
Music by Antonio Vivaldi (as Vivaldi)
Piccolo Solo: Robert Aitken
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23 June 2003 | by bren0152See all my reviews

Tatum O'Neal has been movie selective and has had a checkered past.

I truly enjoy every time I see Circle of Two. When I expect the cliches I see from watching numerous films, I do not get them--even when they approach them.

This is a doomed love, but one that is real. Very few films view this aspect of love without being sappy or swallowing themselves in sexual release.

I am biased toward Tatum O'Neal as an actress, so my comments are bent toward her as such. Yet, there is something in this film that makes me understand emotional truths.

I wish I could explain the importance of this film...


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