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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 ... 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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Love makes it right. 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

Reportedly, Tatum O'Neal's salary on this movie was two hundred fifty thousand pounds, plus a percentage, while Richard Burton's paycheck was over five hundred thousand. 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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A Classic May December Love story
8 July 2004 | by misha-46See all my reviews

This is a wonderful and tender story about a young woman coming of age and within that, finding a deeper love within her soul with a man who just happens to be older. The beauty of this tale is there was never a physical relationship between the two but more importantly, this movie shows and demonstrates if this were a perfect work, how pure and blind love can and maybe should be.

Tatum played this part perfectly as a young teenage girl falling in love with a man, Richard Burton who showed and gave her respect, love, honesty and trust. Richard plays an out of work painter who was on his last leg when this bright light came into his world. This light shined so loudly it overwhelmed him and in doing so, sparked new life into his tired and somewhat forgotten soul. He begins to paint again and thus he is reborn.

I personally enjoyed and love what this movie stands for. If you have ever loved and lost and yet never ever forgotten the truth that was there when you felt such powerful and sincere emotions, then this movie is indeed for you.

This movie belongs right along with such classics as Roman Holiday, A portrait of Jenny and any movie where color and age are timeless.


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