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A Small Circle of Friends

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Pumped up with energy to spare in its first half, this is an otherwise routine drama about a love triangle set in the turbulent late '60s on the Harvard campus. Harvard takes a remote backseat though, as Leo Brad Davis chases after Jessica Karen Allen while buddy Nick Jameson Parker also nurses a crush on her. Leo is in journalism, or wants to be, Jessica paints but she is leaning toward law school, and Nick is a solid, steady pre-med student. Their relationship takes a serious turn when Leo's number comes up on ...
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Overview

Pumped up with energy to spare in its first half, this is an otherwise routine drama about a love triangle set in the turbulent late '60s on the Harvard campus. Harvard takes a remote backseat though, as Leo Brad Davis chases after Jessica Karen Allen while buddy Nick Jameson Parker also nurses a crush on her. Leo is in journalism, or wants to be, Jessica paints but she is leaning toward law school, and Nick is a solid, steady pre-med student. Their relationship takes a serious turn when Leo's number comes up on the Vietnam draft. Nick makes his feelings known to Jessica and whether it seems like a good idea or not, she suggests that the three of them move in together.
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This lesser-known entry in the "campus life in the 1960's" subgenre is a modest but effective piece of work. Exra Sacks' screenplay uses a conventional romantic-triangle scenario to anchor its tale of the tumultuous 1960's but it doesn't feel like a cliché. In fact, it does a nice job of giving shape to the complex array of social concerns the film covers by giving them a human face. Indeed, the film's most effective moments are the ones that convey the emotion behind the social unrest: highlights include an uneasy scene where the male students watch the Vietnam "draft lottery" on t.v. as they hope not to be called and an unnerving scene where a jittery Brad Davis goes to visit a group of domestic terrorists at their hideout. Karen Allen and Jameson Parker give solid performances as the two leads who anchor the story but the film belongs to Davis, who gives an all-stops-out performance that conveys the dizzying passion and sense of possibility that defines the film's scenario. There is also noteworthy work in character roles from Harry Caesar as a school cook who grieves when his son is sent to Vietnam and John Friedrich as a young student who undergoes a metamorphosis from Eagle scout to revolutionary. Finally, Rob Cohen acquits himself nicely in the director's chair, getting earnest performances from his cast and making excellent use of real Harvard locations to give the film's events a convincing backdrop. His work further benefits from a stirring orchestral score by Jim Steinman that ably supports the film's romantic take on the travails of its protagonists. The end result doesn't break new ground for this type of drama but is also less pretentious and more entertaining than films of this type often are. In short, A Small Circle Of Friends is the one of the more viewer-friendly films of the post-1960's post-mortem variety.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2014
  • UPC: 883904304562
  • Original Release: 1980
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  • Source: Mgm Mod
  • Time: 1:52:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 94,974

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brad Davis Leo DaVinci
Karen Allen Jessica Bloom
Jameson Parker Nick Baxter
Shelley Long Alice
John Friedrich Alex Haddox
Gary Springer Greenblatt
Harry Caesar Jimmy, the Cook
Nan Martin Mrs. Baxter
Daniel Stern Crazy Kid
Jason Laskay Dorm Proctor
Jamie Squire Karate Student
Mary Margaret Amato Girl in Shower
David Hollander
Frank Rich Crimson Editors
Pamela Cresant Underground Woman
Nick Kairis Army Doctor
Severn Darden Art Professor
Jonathan Moore Dean
Nancy Penoyer Karate Instructor
Deborah Offner Sarah
John Peters Rizzo
Doug Llewelyn
Jeanetta Arnette
Annie McGuire
Richard Nelson Harry Norris
Technical Credits
Rob Cohen Director
Michael C. Butler Cinematographer
Lawrence James Cavanaugh Special Effects
Michael Haley Asst. Director
Al Kemper Set Decoration/Design
Nicolas Laborczy Set Decoration/Design
Rudi Liszczak Special Effects
Joe Lombardi Special Effects
Steven Morgoshes Musical Arrangement, Musical Direction/Supervision
Randy Roberts Editor
Ezra Sacks Screenwriter
Joel Schiller Production Designer
Rick Simpson Set Decoration/Design
Jim Steinman Score Composer
Tim Zinnemann Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Small Circle of Friends

    Good movie! Excellent performances by the cast of characters, and a plot that keeps you guessing throughout the whole movie what will happen next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    I saw this movie when it first came out. Maybe it was my age at the time, maybe just the setting of Viet Nam era Harvard, but this movie, its characters and many of the details of scenes, stuck with me for over 20-30 years. I "discovered" Karen Allen in this movie. I think it was well cast and a good snapshot of the emotional and social scene on college campuses at that time.

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