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American Friends (1991)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | April 1993 (USA)
Reverend Francis Ashby (Sir Michael Palin), a senior Oxford don on vacation alone in the Alps, meets vacationing American Miss Caroline Hartley (Connie Booth) and her companion Miss Elinor ... See full summary »

Director:

Tristram Powell

Writers:

Michael Palin (story), Michael Palin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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Storyline

Reverend Francis Ashby (Sir Michael Palin), a senior Oxford don on vacation alone in the Alps, meets vacationing American Miss Caroline Hartley (Connie Booth) and her companion Miss Elinor Hartley (Trini Alvarado), the blossoming Irish-American girl she adopted many years before. Ashby finds he enjoys their company, particularly that of Elinor, and both of 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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language and sensuality | See all certifications »
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Sir Michael Palin says that the plot was taken from a real-life incident involving his great-grandfather. See more »

Soundtracks

Schumann Lieder [Opus 25]
By Robert Schumann
Sung by Susan Denaker
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The view from college
1 October 2006 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

Set about one hundred years ago, in Europe and England, this tale of repressed love initially feels like a re-working of 'A Room with a View', with the list of who fell for whom slightly re-arranged. But its portrait of Victorian England seems deliberately exaggerated: a woman can't speak to a college fellow without ruining his reputation, it seems, or talk to a man after dark without being arrested as a whore. Yet there's a charm here that grows on you, in spite of its obviousness. What is perhaps a shame is the missed opportunity presented by the fact that there hero's opponent (in a college election) is an advocate of evolution, which by implication the hero opposes: but the film does not force its favourite to defend his creed. I liked odd bits of casting: Alfred Molina playing sexy, for example, and Roger Lloyd-Peck (Trigger in 'Only Fools and Horses') playing posh. But the script itself, though cute, could have done with some of the same originality.


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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,334, 11 April 1993

Gross USA:

$23,034

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,034
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color
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