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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.


Rob Cohen


Ezra Sacks





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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Did You Know?


David Hollander, who appears in the film as the editor of the Harvard Crimson, actually was the editor of the Crimson during the time in which the film is based. See more »


The clothing worn is obviously brand new and never has the scruffy look of the era. See more »


Leonardo DaVinci Rizzo: It's time to stop being angry, my friend.
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Features The Big Sleep (1946) See more »


Chances Are
Performed by Johnny Mathis
Courtesy of CBS Records
Music by Robert Allen (uncredited)
Lyrics by Al Stillman (uncredited)
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simon and simon protests the war
2 April 2019 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Fun, well-done film about college life in the 1960s, a volatile time. The U.S. still had the draft, so that was one concern. Jameson Parker was probably best known for his role on Simon and Simon. (had some wacky adventures in his personal life.... check it out on wikipedia!) Co-stars Brad Davis (played gay roles before it was common to do so. sadly, Davis died quite young in real life.) and Karen Allen (Indiana Jones and Animal House) are students, who all get to be close friends. Also a thirty year old Shelley Long. War protesting, antics, and love affairs along the way. Good, for the most part. sometimes overly-dramatic and preachy, but good stuff. the short, symbolic scenes really catch the various sentiments of the time. the anger over the vietnam war, and the roles played by presidents johnson and nixon. and some very pretty piano music. Directed by Rob Cohen. made an interesting mix of adventure films and television series. Written by Ezra Sacks, who had only written two other things made into film.

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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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Opening Weekend USA:

$61,109, 16 March 1980

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