13 user 5 critic

A Small Circle of Friends (1980)

Harvard in the 1960's: a time of social upheaval and student unrest. Three students bond together, challenge the system and begin to lose their ideals.


Rob Cohen


Ezra Sacks



Learn more

More Like This 

Scandalous (1984)
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

An investigative reporter following an espionage story goes to London and gets involved with murder, scam artists and rock concerts.

Director: Rob Cohen
Stars: Robert Hays, Ron Travis, M. Emmet Walsh
Terminus (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3/10 X  

In a sort of "Mad Max" futuristic adventure, an international sport has been established where a driver of a computerized truck must drive across country to an established terminus and not ... See full summary »

Director: Pierre-William Glenn
Stars: Karen Allen, Jürgen Prochnow, Johnny Hallyday
Backfire (1987)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Disgruntled wife cheats on her well off husband, who's been suffering from PTSD ever since he came home from the Vietnam War. After an incident he ends up in a catatonic state. Soon, she begins to suspect that someone is after her.

Director: Gilbert Cates
Stars: Karen Allen, Keith Carradine, Jeff Fahey
Sweet Talker (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A sweet-talking con man starts to turn his life around when he falls in love in this family oriented comedy.

Director: Michael Jenkins
Stars: Bryan Brown, Karen Allen, Justin Rosniak
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

A sign language scholar's romance is disrupted by a chimp.

Directors: Jenny Bowen, Kjehl Rasmussen
Stars: Karen Allen, Armand Assante, Josh Mostel
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A 'salt of the Earth' Missouri woman on vacation in Paris slowly gives in to the advances of a pushy and very much married French yuppie. Will their unconventional romance last until September, when she has to return home?

Director: Richard Marquand
Stars: Karen Allen, Thierry Lhermitte, Christopher Cazenove
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A fifteen year marriage dissolves, leaving both the husband and wife, and their four children, devastated. He's preoccupied with a career and a mistress, she with a career and caring for ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Parker
Stars: Albert Finney, Diane Keaton, Karen Allen
Split Image (1982)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A rootless young man's drawn into an unnamed religious cult by a beautiful girl. Every moment with the group causes him to become increasingly under the control of the cult's leader. After ... See full summary »

Director: Ted Kotcheff
Stars: Michael O'Keefe, Karen Allen, Peter Fonda
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A son longs to escape from his stifling home, where his genteel mother worries about the future prospects of his lame, shy sister.

Director: Paul Newman
Stars: Joanne Woodward, John Malkovich, Karen Allen
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Jonah (Paul Simon) is an aging rock star trying to put together a new album in the face of an indifferent record label and a talentless producer. At the same time, he's struggling to save his failing marriage.

Director: Robert M. Young
Stars: Paul Simon, Blair Brown, Rip Torn
Cold Steel (1987)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

On Christmas Eve Johnny Modine's father is murdered by a psycho cut-throat. The cop swears bloody revenge, though he's taken off the case. He doesn't suspect yet that he's also target in a ... See full summary »

Director: Dorothy Ann Puzo
Stars: Brad Davis, Sharon Stone, Jonathan Banks
Action | Sport | Thriller

A colorful team of racers and crew get caught into High intrigue around a revolutionary technology threatening to change the world as we know it.

Director: Rob Cohen


Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Davis ... Leonardo DaVinci Rizzo
Karen Allen ... Jessica Bloom
Jameson Parker ... Nick Baxter
Shelley Long ... Alice
John Friedrich ... Alex Haddox
Gary Springer ... Greenblatt
Craig Richard Nelson ... Harry Norris
Harry Caesar ... Jimmy
Nan Martin ... Mrs. Baxter
Daniel Stern ... Crazy Kid: Draft Inductee (as Dan Stern)
Jason Laskay Jason Laskay ... Dorm Proctor
Jamie Squire Jamie Squire ... Karate Student
Mary Margaret Amato ... Girl in Shower
David Hollander ... Editor of 'Crimson'
Frank Rich Frank Rich ... Assistant Editor of 'Crimson'


Harvard in the 1960's: a time of social upheaval and student unrest. Three students bond together, challenge the system and begin to lose their ideals. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


They shared everything....Why not each other ? [Australia Theatrical] See more »




R | See all certifications »






Release Date:

9 October 1980 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Amigo é para Essas Coisas See more »

Filming Locations:

Bridgewater, Massachusetts, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$61,109, 16 March 1980

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


The three stars were all more than a decade too old to be playing college freshmen. See more »


The clothing worn is obviously brand new and never has the scruffy look of the era. See more »


Leonardo DaVinci Rizzo: Where's your boyfriend from?
Jessica Bloom: San Francisco.
Leonardo DaVinci Rizzo: That's not a boyfriend. That's a pen-pal!
See more »


References The Untouchables (1959) See more »


Dedicated To The One I Love
Performed by The Mamas and the Papas
Courtesy of ABKCO Records, Inc.
Written by Lowman Pauling (uncredited), Ralph Bass (uncredited)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

simon and simon protests the war
2 April 2019 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Fun, well-done film about college life in the 1960s, a volatile time. The U.S. still had the draft, so that was one concern. Jameson Parker was probably best known for his role on Simon and Simon. (had some wacky adventures in his personal life.... check it out on wikipedia!) Co-stars Brad Davis (played gay roles before it was common to do so. sadly, Davis died quite young in real life.) and Karen Allen (Indiana Jones and Animal House) are students, who all get to be close friends. Also a thirty year old Shelley Long. War protesting, antics, and love affairs along the way. Good, for the most part. sometimes overly-dramatic and preachy, but good stuff. the short, symbolic scenes really catch the various sentiments of the time. the anger over the vietnam war, and the roles played by presidents johnson and nixon. and some very pretty piano music. Directed by Rob Cohen. made an interesting mix of adventure films and television series. Written by Ezra Sacks, who had only written two other things made into film.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 13 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed