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American Friends (1991)

Francis Ashby, a senior Oxford don on holiday alone in the Alps, meets holidaying American Caroline and her companion Elinor, the blossoming Irish-American girl she adopted many years ... See full summary »

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Tristram Powell

Writers:

Michael Palin (story), Michael Palin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bryan Pringle ... Haskell
Fred Pearson ... Hapgood
Michael Palin ... Reverend Francis Ashby
Alfred Molina ... Oliver Syme
Susan Denaker ... Mrs. Cantrell
Jonathan Firth ... Cable
Ian Dunn ... Gowers
Robert Eddison ... Rushden - The President
David Calder ... Pollitt
Simon Jones ... Anderson
Charles McKeown ... Maynard
Roger Lloyd Pack ... Dr. Butler (as Roger Lloyd-Pack)
John Nettleton ... Groves
Trini Alvarado ... Miss Elinor Hartley
Connie Booth ... Miss Caroline Hartley
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Francis Ashby, a senior Oxford don on holiday alone in the Alps, meets holidaying American Caroline and her companion Elinor, the blossoming Irish-American girl she adopted many years before. Ashby finds he enjoys their company, particularly that of Elinor, and both the women are drawn to him. Back at Oxford he is nevertheless taken aback when they arrive unannounced. Women are not allowed in the College grounds, let alone the rooms. Indeed any liaison, however innocent, is frowned on by the upstanding Fellows. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Education in love

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG for some mild language and sensuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amerikai barátok See more »

Filming Locations:

Kanton Wallis, Switzerland See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Michael Palin says that the plot was taken from a real-life incident involving his great-grandfather. See more »

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Schumann Lieder [Opus 25]
By Robert Schumann
Sung by Susan Denaker
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A wonderfully subtle look at love in period costumes
14 February 2002 | by lquickSee all my reviews

A lovely, thoughtful look at love between a professor and a young woman. Has a nice sense of period without stuffiness or artifice, good humorous observations, nice subtle acting. A great alternative to those overstuffed, melodramatic Merchant-Ivory type films. Also check out Palin's "The Missionary"; it's a little more broad but quite funny, and Maggie Smith is a treasure.


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