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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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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 ... 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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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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Trivia

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

Goofs

As Danilo Prozor is fighting with Gergley in the bar, one can see the shape of knee pads worn under Prozor's trousers. See more »

Quotes

Georgia: I'm so tired of being young.
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Soundtracks

Theme from Bonanza
Music & Lyrics by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
© 1959 Livingston & Evans Music Inc.
Arranged by Jack Waldman
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Powerful, heartwarming , but most of all, memorable!
5 July 2000 | by seamanrSee all my reviews

This film says so many things to me. It grabs you, tosses you about, challenges your senses and drives you into corners and begs you to come out. I felt the full range of emotions with "Four Firends", but, mostly I felt a kinship--with the friends, with the 60's and with what it must have been like to have been from an immigrant family sharing a dream in America, even though it may have been your parent's.

I only wished Jodi Thelan had done much more in films.

I'll always remember when the father burst into laughter when he thought of the day his son was born. It left me smiling too!


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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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Gross USA:

$29,881
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Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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