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Circle of Friends
     

Circle of Friends

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Director: Pat O'Connor, Chris O'Donnell, Minnie Driver, Geraldine O'Rawe

Cast: Pat O'Connor, Chris O'Donnell, Minnie Driver, Geraldine O'Rawe

 

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Pat O'Connor's cinematic adaptation of Maeve Binchy's Circle of Friends comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround, and a Dolby Digital

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Pat O'Connor's cinematic adaptation of Maeve Binchy's Circle of Friends comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround, and a Dolby Digital Mono Spanish soundtrack is also available. There are no subtitles on this release. Supplemental materials include complete cast bios and the original theatrical trailer. This disc does a fine job capturing the film on home video, but considering the inexpensive list price, that is the best that can be expected. The winning performances by the young cast members shine just as brightly on the small screen as they did in theaters.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
The epic romance that is made of this slight drama set in the Ireland of the 1950s results in a somewhat overblown film that is redeemed by the star-making performances of its lead actress and a pair of supporting players. Minnie Driver, who gained 30 pounds to play the role of Benny Hogan, shines in the role of a lifetime, where she is required to play exuberant, crushed, righteously indignant, naïve, determined, and heartbroken in the course of a script that gives new meaning to the term "character arc." Equally enthralling are then-unknowns Alan Cumming as duplicitous clerk Sean Walsh and Saffron Burrows as the desperate Nan, scheming to save her life and reputation by ruining a friend. Director Pat O'Connor's touch is less than delicate, often lacking a subtlety that would have been welcome, but his cast is nearly flawless. Only Chris O'Donnell strikes a wrong note in the role of a privileged Irish college student, his all-American party boy qualities never quite being submerged enough by his role or questionable accent. Despite these few notable shortcomings, Circle of Friends (1995) is not to be missed for its remarkable acting and early appearances from a trio of performers who would quickly go on to bigger and better films.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/31/1998
UPC:
0026359121425
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Hbo Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:42:00

Special Features

Complete with cast bios; Multiple-language tracks; Scene selections; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chris O'Donnell Jack Foley
Minnie Driver Bernadette "Bennie"
Geraldine O'Rawe Eve
Saffron Burrows Nan
Alan Cumming Sean
Colin Firth Simon Westward
Jason Barry Nasey Mahon
Marie Conmee Mrs Healey
Brendan Conroy Priest
Ingrid Craigie Celia Westward
Pauline Delaney Big House Maid
Tony Doyle Dr. Foley
Seamus Ford Parish Priest
Aidan Gillen Aidan
Tom Hickey Professor Maclure
Ciarán Hinds Professor Flynn
John Kavanagh Brian Mahon
Phil Kelly Hiberian Waiter
Mick Lally Dan Hogan
Ruth McCabe Emily Mahon
Sean McGinley Mr Duggan
Marie Mullen Mrs Foley
Britta Smith Mrs Hogan
Gerry Walsh Mr Flood

Technical Credits
Pat O'Connor Director
Kenneth MacMillan Cinematographer
Jim Clay Production Designer
Terence A. Clegg Executive Producer
Andrew Davies Screenwriter
John Jympson Editor
Michael Kamen Score Composer,Songwriter
Anushia Nieradzik Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank Price Producer
Chris Seagers Art Director
Arlene Sellers Producer
Kenith Trodd Co-producer
Alex Winitsky Producer
Mary Selway Casting
Simone Ireland Casting
Judy Farr Set Decoration/Design
Maeve Binchy Source Author

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. 1949 [3:33]
2. 1957 [3:23]
3. At the University [5:21]
4. Breakfast [1:45]
5. The Date [2:55]
6. Confession [1:37]
7. A Nice Surprise [5:40]
8. The Dance [5:16]
9. "Be Careful with Me" [3:14]
10. Nan and Simon [1:41]
11. Jack and Benny [2:46]
12. Gardens or Vessels? [2:32]
13. Dinner [3:08]
14. The Party [1:06]
15. Shame and Guilt [3:22]
16. The Hotel [2:00]
17. Simon [:44]
18. Jack [:51]
19. The Cottage [3:20]
20. Jack's Future [1:46]
21. Mr. Hogan [7:09]
22. The Shop [3:25]
23. Nan's Secret [1:55]
24. "I'll Take Care of You" [3:42]
25. Nan and Jack [5:25]
26. "I've Changed My Mind" [2:08]
27. Eve and Benny [1:42]
28. To the Happy Couple [:23]
29. Eve [:59]
30. Eve and Nan [4:55]
31. Benny [5:14]
32. Nan [:42]
33. "If You'll Have Me" [3:06]
34. The Next Year [1:25]
35. Credits [3:55]

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Circle of Friends 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The cast is absolutely great and so natural that puts the so-called ''Hollywood beauties'' to shame!!Loved Minnie Driver and Chris O'Donnel,the magic was there!Wish that there was a sequel!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was wonderful. In a great way, it touches people's heart. Chris O' Donnel was fantastic! He played his part perfectly. I really, really hope this movie is never forgotten because it is too good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a good dating movie when you don't have a boyfriend yet. Chris O'donnel steals the show. Chris o'donnel you are best at what you do and keep on making great movies. Your biggest 1 fan but i'm not a crazy 1 fan. I just think you are a good actor and i love every movie you were in so far.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is the most awesome film starring Chris O'Donnel and Minnie Driver. O'Donnel did a suberb job with his character. I believe he is the best actor in this movie than any of his other movies he was chosen to play a part. The romance and the uncertainy makes it a very enjoyable film to watch.