Taglines: All the boys love Georgia…and Georgia loves all the boys!
This story of four working-class kids in a small industrial town–who go their separate ways after high school in the innocence of 1961 and come together again at the end of the turbulent Sixties–is as much about the coming of age of America as it is about the changes the characters go through.
The four friends of the title are thoughtful Danilo, a Yugoslavian immigrant with dreams of being a writer and a scholar; Tom, good-looking and athletic, who is bound for the army; cautious David who has mixed feelings about staying in town and joining the family mortuary business; and lovely, ditzy, exasperating Georgia, who tries to inspire all of them with her longings for a life of Bohemian adventure. It is told through the eyes of Danilo, whose story is loosely based on the writer Tesich’s own life growing up in Bloomington, Indiana.
Four Friends is a 1981 American Comedy-drama film directed by Arthur Penn. The semi-autobiographical screenplay by Steve Tesich follows the path of the title characters from high school to college during the often turbulent 1960s and beyond. The cast features Craig Wasson, Jodi Thelen, Jim Metzler and Glenne Headly.
Four Friends (1981)
Directed by: Arthur Penn
Starring: Craig Wasson, Jodi Thelen, Michael Huddleston, Jim Metzler, Scott Hardt, Elizabeth Lawrence, Miklos Simon
Screenplay by: Steve Tesich
Cinematography by: Ghislain Cloquet
Film Editing by: Marc Laub, Barry Malkin
Costume Design by: Patricia Norris
Set Decoration by: Robert Drumheller
Art Direction by: Dick Hughes
Music by: Elizabeth Swados
Distributed by: Filmways Pictures
Release Date: December 11, 1981