Circle of Friends

Circle of Friends

Director: Pat O'Connor Cast: Chris O'Donnell, Minnie Driver, Geraldine O'Rawe


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Set in 1957, this romantic coming-of-age story follows three childhood friends from a small town in Ireland as they head to Dublin to attend Trinity College. Nan (Saffron Burrows), a year older than her friends and already in her second year at Trinity, is ambitious, romantic, and just a bit reckless. She hopes to win the hand of Simon (Colin Firth), an older Protestant land-owner who would help her rise up the social and economic ladder. Eve (Geraldine O'Rawe), a bit more pragmatic and cautious, finds herself falling for a boy named Aidan (Aidan Gillen). Bernadette (Minnie Driver), called "Benny" by her friends and family, comes from strict parents who won't allow her to live on campus, forcing her to commute back and forth from classes every day. Bennie's father, a haberdasher, has always expected that his daughter, a bit plainer and plumper than her friends, will marry his shop's manager, an odd duck named Sean (Alan Cumming). But at Trinity, Bennie discovers that she fancies a tall, good-looking rugby player named Jack (Chris O'Donnell), and to the surprise of Bennie and everyone else, it turns out that Jack fancies her as well. Circle of Friends gave Minnie Driver her breakthrough film role after her initial success as a television actress in Britain.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/21/1997
UPC: 0026359121432
Original Release: 1995
Rating: NR
Source: Hbo Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chris O'Donnell Jack Foley
Minnie Driver Bernadette "Bennie"
Geraldine O'Rawe Eve
Saffron Burrows Nan
Alan Cumming Sean
Colin Firth Simon Westward
Jason Barry Nasey Mahon
Marie Conmee Mrs Healey
Brendan Conroy Priest
Ingrid Craigie Celia Westward
Pauline Delaney Big House Maid
Tony Doyle Dr. Foley
Seamus Ford Parish Priest
Aidan Gillen Aidan
Tom Hickey Professor Maclure
Ciarán Hinds Professor Flynn
John Kavanagh Brian Mahon
Phil Kelly Hiberian Waiter
Mick Lally Dan Hogan
Ruth McCabe Emily Mahon
Sean McGinley Mr Duggan
Marie Mullen Mrs Foley
Britta Smith Mrs Hogan
Gerry Walsh Mr Flood

Technical Credits
Pat O'Connor Director
Kenneth MacMillan Cinematographer
Jim Clay Production Designer
Terence A. Clegg Executive Producer
Andrew Davies Screenwriter
John Jympson Editor
Michael Kamen Score Composer,Songwriter
Anushia Nieradzik Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank Price Producer
Chris Seagers Art Director
Arlene Sellers Producer
Kenith Trodd Co-producer
Alex Winitsky Producer
Mary Selway Casting
Simone Ireland Casting
Judy Farr Set Decoration/Design
Maeve Binchy Source Author

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Circle of Friends 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was wonderful. In a great way, it touches people's heart. Chris O' Donnel was fantastic! He played his part perfectly. I really, really hope this movie is never forgotten because it is too good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a good dating movie when you don't have a boyfriend yet. Chris O'donnel steals the show. Chris o'donnel you are best at what you do and keep on making great movies. Your biggest 1 fan but i'm not a crazy 1 fan. I just think you are a good actor and i love every movie you were in so far.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The cast is absolutely great and so natural that puts the so-called ''Hollywood beauties'' to shame!!Loved Minnie Driver and Chris O'Donnel,the magic was there!Wish that there was a sequel!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is the most awesome film starring Chris O'Donnel and Minnie Driver. O'Donnel did a suberb job with his character. I believe he is the best actor in this movie than any of his other movies he was chosen to play a part. The romance and the uncertainy makes it a very enjoyable film to watch.