Four Friends Movie Review Summary

Actors: Craig Wasson, Jodi Thelen, Michael Huddleston, Jim Metzler, Reed Birney, Lois Smith

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This film, written by Steve Tesich, was produced and directed by Arthur Penn (Bonnie and Clyde) in 1981.
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It relates ten years of the life of four friends who got to know each other in the suburbs of East Chicago at the beginning of the sixties. Danilo is an immigrant who arrived from Yugoslavia 10 years earlier with his mother to join up with his father, a blue collar, Tom also belongs to a family of blue collars and David is the son of the Jewish undertaker of the neighborhood. The three boys are all in love with the same girl, Georgia, who dreams to become a ballet dancer and innocently flirts with them.

At the end of the schoolyear, Georgia decides to lose her virginity with Danilo but, because of his hesitations, will finally lose it with Tom. Danilo, desperate, goes to New York to attend university. Three years later, Danilo attends the wedding of Georgia and David. However, the young woman is pregnant from Tom who must leave the country to fight in Vietnam. The four friends separate again and Danilo sees Georgia again only at the time of his own marriage when, during a dramatic climax, his father-in-law kills his wife, wounds him seriously and finally commits suicide. When he leaves the hospital, Danilo decides to return to Chicago to become a blue collar in a steel factory like his father. He starts to regularly patronize the Yugoslavian immigrants's circles but when Georgia returns unexpectedly to Chicago, Danilo is ready to give up everything to marry her. But Georgia, once again, pushes him back, tells him she has still a lot to do in life before getting married and leaves again for New York.

The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   European Woman/class/friends story?    -   story of group of friends Unmarried Love Triangle?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Eastern European Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   Chicago Misc setting    -   beach

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   seeing breasts    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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