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Four Friends (1981)

This story of four working-class kids in a small industrial town--who go their separate ways after high school in the innocence of 1961 and come together again at the end of the turbulent ... See full summary »

Director:

Arthur Penn

Writer:

Steve Tesich
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Craig Wasson ... Danilo
Jodi Thelen ... Georgia
Michael Huddleston Michael Huddleston ... David
Jim Metzler ... Tom
Scott Hardt Scott Hardt ... Young Danilo
Elizabeth Lawrence Elizabeth Lawrence ... Mrs. Prozor
Miklos Simon Miklos Simon ... Mr. Prozor
Michael Kovacs Michael Kovacs ... Prozor Neighbor
Beatrice Fredman Beatrice Fredman ... Mrs. Zoldos
Pier Calabria Pier Calabria ... Conductor
Zaid Farid Zaid Farid ... Rudy
David Graf ... Gergley
Felix Shuman Felix Shuman ... Principal
George Womack George Womack ... Mr. Bellknap
Todd Isaacson Todd Isaacson ... Senior Kid
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Storyline

This story of four working-class kids in a small industrial town--who go their separate ways after high school in the innocence of 1961 and come together again at the end of the turbulent Sixties--is as much about the coming of age of America as it is about the changes the characters go through. The four friends of the title are thoughtful Danilo, a Yugoslavian immigrant with dreams of being a writer and a scholar; Tom, good-looking and athletic, who is bound for the army; cautious David who has mixed feelings about staying in town and joining the family mortuary business; and lovely, ditzy, exasperating Georgia, who tries to inspire all of them with her longings for a life of Bohemian adventure. It is told through the eyes of Danilo, whose story is loosely based on the writer Tesich's own life growing up in Bloomington, Indiana. Written by babatjie

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All the boys love Georgia...and Georgia loves all the boys!

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Georgia See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$29,881, 31 December 1982
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed on the campus of Northwestern University (Evanston IL). See more »

Goofs

Danilo watches Apollo 11 moonwalk on TV at Tom's house in the afternoon. In reality, the moonwalk began at shortly before 11 pm Eastern Daylight time. This would be 10pm in the Central time zone, well after dark in the Chicago area (even in July). See more »

Quotes

Danilo: [to his estranged father] Are we just gonna keep this up?
Mr. Prozor: What is it you are suggesting?
Danilo: I don't know... I've never even seen you smile.
Mr. Prozor: [long pause] When you were born I smiled.
Danilo: Well I guess I wasn't paying attention, that slipped by me.
Mr. Prozor: When you were born... I... took off my hat and I... beat on the table with it! And I'm almost sure... I was smiling...
[pauses, smiles for real, they all laugh]
Danilo: That looks good on you Papa!
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Connections

Referenced in Leading Man with Reed Birney (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Shop Around
Words & Music by Berry Gordy (as Berry Gordy, Jr.) & Smokey Robinson (as William 'Smokey' Robinson)
© 1960 Jobete Music Co., Inc.
Arranged by Paul Griffin
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One of my top 5 all time favorite films
18 January 2006 | by hdwriterSee all my reviews

I haven't seen this film for over 20 years, but it had such an impact on me that I remember sitting through the credits and for several minutes after in complete awe. This is one of the most underrated films of the entire decade in which it was originally released. I just ordered a copy of it on DVD and paid for overnight shipping and can't wait for it to arrive. It is uplifting at times, and also very dark and somewhat disturbing. It's a story of a close-knit band of regular kids growing up in the inner city and makes one feel as though they are actually sitting on the sidelines, rather than watching on a movie screen or television. Hard to explain, but it is something that must be experienced. The story starts at childhood and tracks the lives of the four main characters through high school and as they embark on their separate journeys in life. The entire cast did an incredible job and it's by far the best work of Jodi Thelen's career. I'm hoping that the DVD lives up to my memory and plan on watching it this Friday with a good friend.


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