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      Four Friends

      R 1981 1h 55m Drama List
      78% Tomatometer 9 Reviews 72% Audience Score 500+ Ratings In the 1960s, a small-town group of friends -- Danilo (Craig Wasson), David (Michael Huddleston), Tom (Jim Metzler) and Georgia (Jodi Thelen) -- experience love and life changes as they branch out and return to each other through the course of the culturally revolutionary decade. One unifying force among them is the love the three men share for Georgia, who receives and returns all their affections, although none of them are prepared to make a lasting commitment beyond friendship. Read More Read Less

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      Bob Thomas Associated Press Tesich wisely skirts dogma to focus on the human stories, which are funny, touching and unpredictable. Penn deserves high marks for drawing remarkable performances from the unseasoned cast. Oct 22, 2018 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times This movie brings the almost unbelievable contradictions of [the 1960s] into sharp relief, not as nostalgia or as a re-creation of times past, but as a reliving of all of the agony and freedom of the weirdest ten years any of us is likely to witness. Rated: 4/4 Oct 23, 2004 Full Review Diego Galán El Pais (Spain) Four Friends showcases director Arthur Penn's talents and makes the most of the actors' best qualities. [Full Review in Spanish] Aug 21, 2019 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Ends in an unconvincing pat way after much tragedy. Rated: C+ Feb 27, 2010 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Arthur Penn's saga is too episodic and the acting is uneven, but film's scope is ambitious, the issues socially relevant, and it centers on a new type of Amrican heroine, one in love with all her husband's friends--call is menage a quatre. Rated: B Aug 22, 2007 Full Review Scott Weinberg DVDTalk.com Some say this is a better-than-average film that effectively captures the tumultuous sixties and the young folks who were caught up in the craziness of it all. I don't see it. Rated: 2.5/5 Sep 19, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      dave s Sadly, Four Friends is one of director Arthur Penn's lesser-known efforts, which is a shame considering how good it is. Set during the tumultuous 60s, three high school friends find themselves in love with the same girl, a free-spirited eccentric who believes that she's the reincarnation of dancer Isidore Duncan. It is a film about the American Dream, the immigrant experience, friendship, unrequited love, and the joy and anguish of being young. The film owes its success to writer Steve Tesich (Breaking Away, The World According to Garp), who proved over the course of his short career his ability to capture the ebullience of youth. Four Friends is equal parts inspiring and tragic (one particularly shocking turn of events changes the entire narrative) and always engaging. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Yugoslavian-born Danilo Prozor (Craig Wasson), who arrived in America at the age of twelve and ever since has been trying to distinguish between the reality of his adopted homeland and the idealistic vision of it he brought with him; overweight, Jewish mama's boy David (Michael Huddleston); Tom (Jim Metzler), the attractive WASP jock who has a way with the ladies; and free-spirited, self-assured Georgia (Jodi Thelen), who fancies herself the reincarnation of Isadora Duncan, dreams of a successful career as a dancer, and is loved in turn by each of her three friends. Danilo is facing conflicts with his father, struggles with his heritage, his courtship and thwarted marriage to Long Island debutante Adrienne Carnahan and his lingering relationship with Georgia... In his review in The New York Times, Vincent Canby called it "the best film yet made about the sixties" and added, "It has the quality of legend, a fable remembered . . . [It] is one of Mr. Penn's most deeply felt achievements, ranking alongside Bonnie and Clyde, Alice's Restaurant, and Little Big Man. For Mr. Tesich, it is another original work by one of our best young screenwriters." Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times described it as "a very good movie" and commented, "The wonder is not that Four Friends covers so much ground, but that it makes many of its scenes so memorable that we learn more even about the supporting characters than we expect to." TV Guide rates the film three out of a possible four stars, saying it "attempts to cover so much ground that at times the film becomes frustratingly muddled", and adding, "Though [it] runs out of gas toward the end, it's filmed with obvious love for the characters and features outstanding performances from the underrated Wasson, Thelen and Simon. Well worth seeing." Time Out New York says, "Although its episodic narrative entails a certain lack of unity, it's nevertheless an ambitious and impressive work . . . A dense but never pretentious film that manages to convey the atmosphere of the '50s and '60s succinctly, it offers delights galore, not least a light, perceptive wit and an unsentimental ability to touch the emotions." Channel 4 calls it a "stodgy, sentimental brew" and "a well-meaning film that doesn't really amount to much in the long run." This semi-autobiographical screenplay by Steve Tesich and coming of age story is based on four characters, the Yugoslavian-born Danilo Prozor, the overweight Jewish mama's boy David, the attractive WASP jock Tom and the free-spirited, self-assured Georgia is a scattered and disjointed story in my book. The storyline has no flow and it jumps back and forth with to many extreme happenings that feels forced and not fully believable. Penn´s attempt to cover the development of the 60s is a failure I think. And what is supposed to be dramatic, becomes slightly humorous instead. Vincent Canby from The New York Times called it "the best film yet made about the sixties" and added, "It has the quality of legend, a fable remembered . . . It is one of Mr. Penn's most deeply felt achievements, ranking alongside Bonnie and Clyde, Alice's Restaurant, and Little Big Man." I couldn´t disagree more. Trivia: The film was a commercial failure and Penn did not make another film for four years. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member This was one of those movies I saw on tv years ago because it sounded boring and I wanted to see if the idea could be made interesting. I can't remember many details now, but it certainly left an impression. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review laurent b Un film superbe, touchant, beau et magnifiquement interprété. Si j'ai juste un petit bémol, c'est à cause de la chanson "Georgia" qui revient un peu trop souvent à mon goût, sinon ce film est un chef-d'oeuvre. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Scott W Many people will probably not care for this... Buts it a good movie... Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 10/30/12 Full Review Audience Member Inserts major cultural events of the 60s as if it's found a way to relate them to a set of friends' illogical/implausible/pointless travails. In one character's words, "Why must things take so long?" Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In the 1960s, a small-town group of friends -- Danilo (Craig Wasson), David (Michael Huddleston), Tom (Jim Metzler) and Georgia (Jodi Thelen) -- experience love and life changes as they branch out and return to each other through the course of the culturally revolutionary decade. One unifying force among them is the love the three men share for Georgia, who receives and returns all their affections, although none of them are prepared to make a lasting commitment beyond friendship.
      Director
      Arthur Penn
      Producer
      Arthur Penn, Gene Lasko
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Runtime
      1h 55m