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PG-13| 1 hr. 36 min.

Plot Summary
At university in Dublin in 1957, awkward Benny (Minnie Driver) is introduced to handsome Jack (Chris O'Donnell), the son of a doctor who is unsure about following the family business. While Benny and Jack fall in love, Benny's old friend Nan (Saffron Burrows) is less fortunate. Nan wants to raise herself from her lower-class roots with a marriage, but her chosen man impregnates and abandons her. All three must grapple with conflicts between their physical desires and religious upbringings.

Cast: Chris O'Donnell , Minnie Driver , Geraldine O'Rawe , Saffron Burrows , Alan Cumming , Colin Firth , Aidan Gillen ,

Director: Pat O'Connor

Genres: Drama

Circle Of Friends (1995)

Release Date: March 15th, 1995|1 hr. 36 min.

critic reviews (10)
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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

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

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 50
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    Circle has a wit and warmth that makes something as glibly contemporary as Reality Bites seem trite and toothless. [15 Mar 1995, Pg.06.D] show more

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