Four Friends (1981)

Four Friends


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This is a perhaps overly-ambitious movie following four friends from high school through adulthood. Three teens and the female object of their affections are fast friends, intertwined with each other sexually and with the kind of love that survives the abrasiveness of growing up and away from each other. Going from their closeness in high school, though college and war, childbirth, drug abuse, this is the story of their reunion and the reaffirmation of their love for each other personally and as … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Steve Tesich, David Chapman
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On DVD: Aug 23, 2005



as Danilo Prozor

as Georgia Miles

as Tom Donaldson

as David Levine

as Louie Camahan

as Adrienne Camahan

as Gergley

as Mr. Prozor

as Mrs. Prozor

as Mrs. Zoldos

as Mr. Carnahan

as Mrs. Carnahan

as Georgia Miles

as Principal

as Mr. Bellknap

as Woman in Taxi

as Car Thief

as Lady Flag Burner
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Critic Reviews for Four Friends

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Ends in an unconvincing pat way after much tragedy.

Full Review… | February 27, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

Full Review… | August 22, 2007

Audience Reviews for Four Friends


This is a great film. I admired the picture because of the four characters since each of them are close to one another, they relate pretty well, change and sadly move on. The main character played by Craig Wesson is the one I felt most familiar with and there is a scene where his friend, a girl, played by Jodi Thelan shows up at Wesson's house and wants to sleep with him but he shyfully isn't ready. Then there is another great scene where Thelan, years later, meets up Wesson, once again, and mentions she is ageing...They fight, they're both tired of being young and tired of acting immaturish. It's as if they are both afraid of life and afraid to commit to one another. The ending is a nice way to end the picture but I don't want to say only for you to see it for yourselves. Now If you don't mind films where you feel you might be interested in watching the lives of these characters then this is a picture I would definetly recommend for you.

Also known as Moritorium and Georgia's Friends, Four Friends follows the titular quartet from high school to young adulthood. The film is set during the tumultuous 1960s, an era when everyone's values were turned inside out, shaken around, and reassembled.

The central character is first-generation American Craig Wasson, who confounds his Yugoslavian father (Miklos Simon) by pursuing his own let-it-all-hang-out lifestyle. Wasson's best friends are athlete Jim Metzler and chubby Michael Huddleston; all pursue the affections of bewitching Jodi Thelan. Though they are obviously deeply in love with one another, Wasson and Thelan continue to foolishly avoid a long-term commitment as the sixties unfold around them. "Four Friends" is a return to form from director Arthur Penn who knows the 60's era and directs this story masterfully with real emotion. Steve Tisch has written another great script.

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Brian R

Super Reviewer

Great movie. A favorite.

Leo L

Super Reviewer

What starts as a rather humdrum coming-of-age film transforms into a profound view on human emotion and life choices. This metamorphosis occurs halfway through during one of the most shockingly abrupt changes in overall tone I have ever seen, adding a large dose of dark comedy to this touching drama.

Jeff B

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