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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'


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




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The Cafeteria in the Walker Memorial Building at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) substituted for a Harvard dining hall. See more »


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


Leonardo DaVinci Rizzo: [breaking into an office with a suction cup on a window] I saw it on "I Spy" or "The Untouchables". I forget which.
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References I Spy (1965) See more »


Dedicated To The One I Love
Performed by The Mamas and the Papas
Courtesy of ABKCO Records, Inc.
Written by Lowman Pauling (uncredited), Ralph Bass (uncredited)
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I didn't live the real events, I lived part of the film
23 August 2004 | by podium1See all my reviews

This film, and the principal people involved with it, have long held a special place in my life as I was an extra during the riot scene at "Harvard"(nee Bridgewater State College). While I don't have a truly memorable role in the finished film(although many close friends of mine do and were featured on two of the lobby cards from the film), I am part of the cluster of people on the main building's upper balcony(a most unsafe act as that creaky and once condemned balcony held about 15 of us at one point). Shooting went from 6 PM until 6 AM on a very rainy evening. All the rioters, with the exception of the principal actors, were student extras who raided their older sibling's closet to get the historical costumes. Real Boston MDC riot police were used, some of whom had been at the riots in the 60's. First take was particularly chaotic and bloody as students fought with the police who, acting upon instinct, violently did the same. Being part of the student press covering the event(with a story which, based on our notes, was picked up by AP), I got the opportunity to meet and greet the stars shortly before nationwide opening of the film. Filmed opened on a Wednesday and closed the following Tuesday. A great financial disappointment which truly hurt a burgeoning career for Cohen. Other brief notes: there are two familiar Steinman thematics running throughout the film. The first did become TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART while the second became a #1 hit for Air Supply, MAKING LOVE OUT OF NOTHING AT ALL. The reason that the film ended up at BSC did have to do with Harvard's exam schedule. As it turned out, this was the final scene in the film to be shot, leading studio execs to frantically find a suitable location in order to stay on shooting schedule and budget. Also, the "paddy wagon" seen rocking during the sequence(and featured prominently on one of the lobby cards) was actually rolled over onto it's roof during the first take. The student riding the vehicle is William Hoffman. Truly looking forward to seeing the DVD(first time the film, long out of print on VHS, will be in widescreen) and hearing Cohen's commentary on the while experience.

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Release Date:

9 October 1980 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Amigo é para Essas Coisas See more »

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Bridgewater, Massachusetts, USA See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$61,109, 16 March 1980

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