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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 »

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Drama

Certificate:

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Last cinema movie for Richard Burton until Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984), which was Burton's final theatrical feature film. See more »

Quotes

Sarah Norton: Have you thought about going to bed with me?
Ashley St. Clair: Yes.
Sarah Norton: [walks over to the bed] Let's.
Ashley St. Clair: Obviously, no.
Sarah Norton: Why? Is it because you think I'm a virgin? Because if you think I am...
Ashley St. Clair: You are.
Sarah Norton: I am.
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Referenced in From Stereo to Video (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Piccolo Concerto
Music by Antonio Vivaldi (as Vivaldi)
Piccolo Solo: Robert Aitken
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An Outstanding Love Story that runs awry.
17 March 2007 | by oldsarge-1See all my reviews

I can't say I agree with the writer from England, but then we may have a different view on this film. To start with, I feel that this was one of Tatum's best performances of her film career. While only 17 during filming, she showed the acting ability of an "old soul" and her depth of feeling, not to mention her wit, was outstanding. Richard Burton played his part in an appropriately low keyed manner, which only added to the romantic air of the whole movie. The subject matter is hard for many people to swallow, but the fact of life is that while justice is supposed to be blind, love most certainly is and it can play hell with those involved. If it weren't for the age difference, we would be discussing a later version of Love Story. Maybe the O'Neals are trying to corner the market on love stories. One other item that I disagree with is during the nude scene, Tatum didn't actually offer herself to Richard, but she asked that he paint her in the nude as he had done with a prior lover. Be ye male or female, A Circle Of Two, is certainly made for those die-hard romantics, so if you have seen Love Story and didn't much care for it, then you won't care for this one either. No sex and the nude scene is very brief, so don't watch it for either of those items. However, if you love a good love story and you aren't put off by peoples age, then pull up and chair and rent this one, if you are lucky enough to find it.


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