Circle of Friends (1994)



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The friendship between three Irish girls who grew up together is chronicled in this tender, nostalgic drama. The story begins in a tiny Irish village in 1957 as Eve and Benny happily prepare to leave their homes to attend a Dublin college where their pal, Nan, is already studying. There, the trio endure all the joys, heartbreaks, betrayals, and lessons of life needed to become mature young women. Much of the story centers on their romantic lives. Nan is after Simon, a much older and wealthier … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Television, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By: ,
Written By: Maeve Binchy, Andrew Davies
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 9, 2001
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as Simon Westward

as Dan Hogan

as Prof. Flynn

as Parish Priest

as Parish Priest

as Dr. Foley

as Prof. Maclure

as Mrs. Hogan

as Brian Mahon

as Celia Westward

as Celia Westward

as Emily Mahon

as Dr. Foley

as Big House Maid

as Mrs. Foley

as Mrs. Healy

as Mr. Flood

as Mr. Duggan

as Major Westward

as Big House Maid

as Nasey Mahon

as Paul Mahon

as Hibernian Waiter

as Bill Dunne

as Moaning Girl

as Rugby Girl

as Dancing Girl

as Benny (age 10)

as Nan (age 10)

as Eve (age 10)

as 1st Little Girl

as 2nd Little Girl

as 3rd Little Girl

as 3rd Nun
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Critic Reviews for Circle of Friends

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (13)

Three female friends grow up in a small town in Ireland in the mid-50s and attend college in Dublin in this nostalgic soap opera that's vaguely evocative of Peyton Place, though generally less memorable.

Full Review… | March 11, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Old-fashioned and nostalgic, Pat O'Connor's nicely directed tale of friendship between three Irish girls features a strong central performance from Minnie Driver that promises a bright future in Hollywood pictures.

Full Review… | April 27, 2007
Top Critic

The fizzing dialogue gets all the little details right, but the plot's nothing new, and the lingering shots of hibernian greenery aim straight for mid-Atlantic bland-out.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Beyond eliciting warm, animated performances from his actors (with a cast that also includes Alan Cumming as a hair-raising suitor of Benny's), Mr. O'Connor gives Circle of Friends an enveloping look and sound.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Driver's tough core of honesty and wit is bewitching. So's the movie.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Young Benny has a nice smile, and she and Jack seem like pleasant people, but in the end (and in the beginning and in the middle) it's hard to get worked up about them.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Circle of Friends


Excellent adaptation of Maeve Binchy's novel. Minnie is brilliant.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


Minnie Driver fans will want to see this for a look at her pre-Hollywood work. She gained 30 pounds for this role and still looks great. Colin Firth fans may want to skip this one, but Alan Cumming fans might want to see what a truly creepy character he can play. Chris O'Donnell . . . well, as usual, nothing much to write home to mother about.

Lanning : )

Super Reviewer


So great.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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