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A Small Circle of Friends (1980)

Harvard in the 1960's: a time of social upheaval and student unrest. Three students bond together, challenge the system and begin to lose their ideals.

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Rob Cohen

Writer:

Ezra Sacks
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Davis ... Leonardo DaVinci Rizzo
Karen Allen ... Jessica Bloom
Jameson Parker ... Nick Baxter
Shelley Long ... Alice
John Friedrich ... Alex Haddox
Gary Springer ... Greenblatt
Craig Richard Nelson ... Harry Norris
Harry Caesar ... Jimmy
Nan Martin ... Mrs. Baxter
Daniel Stern ... Crazy Kid: Draft Inductee (as Dan Stern)
Jason Laskay Jason Laskay ... Dorm Proctor
Jamie Squire Jamie Squire ... Karate Student
Mary Margaret Amato ... Girl in Shower
David Hollander ... Editor of 'Crimson'
Frank Rich Frank Rich ... Assistant Editor of 'Crimson'
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Harvard in the 1960's: a time of social upheaval and student unrest. Three students bond together, challenge the system and begin to lose their ideals. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

A Small Circle Of Friends...learning to live in the turbulent sixties! [AustraliaTheatrical] See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1980 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Amigo é para Essas Coisas See more »

Filming Locations:

Bridgewater, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$700,000, 31 December 1980
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The "Harvard" students for the riot scene, filmed at Bridgewater State College, were recruited from the varsity sports teams of Bridgewater State College, and via announcements on Boston radio stations. See more »

Goofs

Students are seen dancing to the Rolling Stones record "Street Fighting Man" moments after President Lyndon Johnson's television address in which he announced he was not running for reelection. However, that speech was delivered on the last day of March 1968, while the song had not even been recorded yet and was not released until the last day of August 1968. See more »

Quotes

Leonardo DaVinci Rizzo: Huh! Egypt's not in Europe. That's only a technicality!
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Features The Big Sleep (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

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Performed by Johnny Mathis
Courtesy of CBS Records
Music by Robert Allen (uncredited)
Lyrics by Al Stillman (uncredited)
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A moving lesson in friendship
8 October 2002 | by manxman-1See all my reviews

A brilliantly realized movie, with a lovingly detailed script by Ezra Sacks, about three Boston college students and their changing relationships during the turbulent anti-Vietnam protests of the 1960's. Brad Davis as Leo, the wild man, Jameson Parker as Nick, his straight-arrow buddy and the lovely Karen Allen as the Radcliffe artist they both love. One of the few American movies that succeeds in handling a menage a trois without being tasteless. Both funny and heartbreaking, this is a lovingly realized tale about a tragic period in American history and the toll it took on the student population. Shamefully underrated at the time of its release, this is a superior movie, with quality contributions from all sides, that deserves a much greater recognition than it has received. First time director Rob Cohen does a terrific job, drawing from his own experiences at Harvard during this turbulent anti-war period. A haunting musical score from Jim Steinman that echoes with familiarity from his later works. Anyone purchasing the DVD should listen to Cohen's audio commentary to appreciate just how greatly he was involved in the creation of this movie and to understand the battles that the students of the 60's had to wage against an oppressive and unheeding government. Plaudits to everyone involved in this worthy endeavor. This is a history lesson every student of today should be obligated to watch.


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