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Circle of Friends (1995)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 7 April 1995 (USA)
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'Circle Of Friends' is set in 1950's Ireland. The movie focuses on Benny Hogan and her best friend, Eve Malone. The story centers around Benny and Eve as they enter student life at ... See full summary »

Director:

Pat O'Connor

Writers:

Andrew Davies (screenplay), Maeve Binchy (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris O'Donnell ... Jack
Minnie Driver ... Benny
Geraldine O'Rawe ... Eve
Saffron Burrows ... Nan
Alan Cumming ... Sean
Colin Firth ... Simon Westward
Aidan Gillen ... Aidan
Mick Lally Mick Lally ... Dan Hogan
Britta Smith Britta Smith ... Mrs Hogan
John Kavanagh ... Brian Mahon
Ruth McCabe ... Emily Mahon
Ciarán Hinds ... Professor Flynn
Tony Doyle ... Dr. Foley
Marie Mullen Marie Mullen ... Mrs Foley
Marie Conmee Marie Conmee ... Mrs Healey
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Storyline

'Circle Of Friends' is set in 1950's Ireland. The movie focuses on Benny Hogan and her best friend, Eve Malone. The story centers around Benny and Eve as they enter student life at University College, Dublin. Here Benny and Eve reunite with their childhood friend, the ice-cool Nan Mahon, the 'college belle'. They also encounter the handsome and charming Jack Foley, whom Benny quickly falls for. Written by Anonymous

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Sometimes dreams do come true. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content | See all certifications »
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Country:

Ireland | USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Círculo de amigos See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$23,397,365
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The Long John Jump Band, who performed on the soundtrack and in the ballroom scenes, is fronted by John Sheridan (wearing a red suit jacket in the film). John Sheridan is the younger brother of Irish director Jim Sheridan. See more »

Goofs

When Benny and Eve are walking down the street near the beginning of the film, the local butcher comes out of his shop holding a cleaver in his hand. In the immediate next shot, both of his hands are tucked into his apron with no cleaver in sight. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bernadette 'Benny' Hogan: When all this started, all our families have lived in Knockglen for as long as anybody could remember. And in Ireland people have very long memories.
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Connections

Referenced in Grosse Pointe: Devil in a Blue Dress (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Hawaiian War Chant (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai)
Written by Johnny Noble and Prince Leleiohoku
English lyrics by Ralph Freed
Performed by Long John Jump Band
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This might have been better if I hadn't read the book
27 October 2005 | by hbrookshawSee all my reviews

As a "stand alone" this film is quite passable. If, however, you are a fan of Maeve Binchy and have read the book, you will probably spend a good deal of the film comparing the two, and the film comes off unfavourably. Some of the differences are minor, but the ending is completely different. I have no intention of comparing the two endings here as I don't want to be a spoiler, suffice it to say that if you have read the book, the film ending is a major disappointment. I also think that Benny was totally miscast. That the Benny of the book is a big woman is relevant to the storyline, whereas Minnie Driver, although quite tall, can't be called big under any stretch of the imagination. The film characters seemed wooden to me in comparison with the book characters. However, if you're not into reading books, the film is worth watching.


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