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Four Friends (1981)

This story of four working-class kids in a small industrial town--who go their separate ways after high school in the innocence of 1961 and come together again at the end of the turbulent ... See full summary »

Director:

Arthur Penn

Writer:

Steve Tesich
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Craig Wasson ... Danilo
Jodi Thelen ... Georgia
Michael Huddleston Michael Huddleston ... David
Jim Metzler ... Tom
Scott Hardt Scott Hardt ... Young Danilo
Elizabeth Lawrence ... Mrs. Prozor
Miklos Simon Miklos Simon ... Mr. Prozor
Michael Kovacs Michael Kovacs ... Prozor Neighbor
Beatrice Fredman Beatrice Fredman ... Mrs. Zoldos
Pier Calabria Pier Calabria ... Conductor
Zaid Farid Zaid Farid ... Rudy
David Graf ... Gergley
Felix Shuman Felix Shuman ... Principal
George Womack George Womack ... Mr. Bellknap
Todd Isaacson Todd Isaacson ... Senior Kid
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Storyline

This story of four working-class kids in a small industrial town--who go their separate ways after high school in the innocence of 1961 and come together again at the end of the turbulent Sixties--is as much about the coming of age of America as it is about the changes the characters go through. The four friends of the title are thoughtful Danilo, a Yugoslavian immigrant with dreams of being a writer and a scholar; Tom, good-looking and athletic, who is bound for the army; cautious David who has mixed feelings about staying in town and joining the family mortuary business; and lovely, ditzy, exasperating Georgia, who tries to inspire all of them with her longings for a life of Bohemian adventure. It is told through the eyes of Danilo, whose story is loosely based on the writer Tesich's own life growing up in Bloomington, Indiana. Written by babatjie

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All the boys love Georgia...and Georgia loves all the boys!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Georgia See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$29,881
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Gary Sinise had an uncredited role. See more »

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As Danilo Prozor is fighting with Gergley in the bar, one can see the shape of knee pads worn under Prozor's trousers. See more »

Quotes

Georgia: Why does everything take so long?
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Mr. Blah-Blah
Words & Music by Ray Barretto
© 1963 Little Dipper Music Corp.
Performed by Ray Barretto
Courtesy of Musica Latina International, Inc.
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Great flick
28 January 2001 | by croabasSee all my reviews

This movie is, yes, melodramatic, overdone, super-intense, and at times ridiculous. So what? It is a deep and touching exploration of human relationships that struggles to understand, from the very beginning of adulthood -- from the hopefulness of high school graduation to the emancipation of college graduation -- what it is that makes us individuals. And it takes us to a very disturbing conclusion that all of us -- idealists and cynics -- have to resolve: Life's hard. Real hard. Jodi Thelen is particularly effective as the Isadora Duncan-like free spirit who wants so badly to be taken seriously but can't seem to find an audience that really matters. And Craig Wasson plays a tender soul who clings to dear sanity as the craziness of the '60s wreaks havoc with his mind. See this movie; it reveals a great truth -- about relationships, about this country, about..... you.


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