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Around the Fire (1998)

Around the Fire is the deeply resonant story of a boy named Simon, who despite being raised in an upper-class Manhattan household with all its privileges--and restrictions--is haunted by ... See full summary »

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John Jacobsen

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John W. Comerford (as John Comerford), Tommy Rosen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Devon Sawa ... Simon Harris
Bill Smitrovich ... Matt Harris
Tara Reid ... Jennifer
Eric Mabius ... Andrew
Colman Domingo ... Trace
Charlayne Woodard ... Kate
Lisa Burgett Lisa Burgett ... Lauren
Henri Lubatti ... Kevin
John Pirruccello ... Joe
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Doc
Daphne Brogdon ... Simon's mother
Blaine Walker Blaine Walker ... Young Simon
Manny the Hippie Manny the Hippie ... Vegan GooBall Man
Amos Glick ... Neal
Heath Lourwood Heath Lourwood ... Jason
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Around the Fire is the deeply resonant story of a boy named Simon, who despite being raised in an upper-class Manhattan household with all its privileges--and restrictions--is haunted by the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of his mother. In Simon's eyes, his high-powered businessman father Matt wasted no time in remarrying his stepmother Lauren, a woman with a perfect facade whom he suspects of having an affair with Matt long before his mother's demise. When Simon is sent away to boarding school in preparation to attend Princeton, he meets Andrew, who introduces him to marijuana and LSD, and immerses him into a whole new world populated by dreamers, artists, utopians, flower children and partiers who spend the better part of their lives "on tour" at musical festivals. Simon is deeply moved by the beauty and freedom of these people, and feels they are the family he has always sought. At his very first concert Simon meets Jennifer, a beautiful young hippie to whom he is ... Written by B Dahlia <bdahlia@nwlink.com>

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Can't find my way home. See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive drug content, language, and some sex/nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1998 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Novato, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Doc: LSD will do to you whatever LSD wants to.
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Patchouli
Written and Performed by The El Crispo Quartet
used by permission of Front Left Music (BMI)
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ugh.....
7 January 2004 | by devreserSee all my reviews

This movie was not done very well at all. Tara Reid and Devon Sawa are in this which is a big indication it isn't going to be a good movie. That's just my biased opinion. I'm an Eric Mabius fan and bought this movie thinking he'd be in it quite a bit. A little in the beginning, a little in the end. It was a disappointment.

There are lots of points to this movie to show a downward spiral into drug abuse. Very campy film about the subject at hand. They could've done a better job. I do like Eric Mabius' character because he seemed most real, along with the character "Trace". For good films revolving around drugs, steer clear of this one. Not good at all.


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