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Circle of Two (1981)

PG | | Drama | November 1981 (USA)
The story of the impossible love between a schoolgirl and a sixty-year-old painter.

Director:

Jules Dassin

Writers:

Marie-Terese Baird (novel), Thomas Hedley Jr. (as Thomas Hedley)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tatum O'Neal ... Sarah Norton
Norma Dell'Agnese ... Ruspoli
Donann Cavin Donann Cavin ... Smitty
Elan Ross Gibson Elan Ross Gibson ... Gym Teacher
Maggie Morris Maggie Morris ... Music Teacher
Richard Burton ... Ashley St. Clair
Larry Ewashen Larry Ewashen ... Men at the Cinema
Robin Gammell ... Mr. Norton
Patricia Collins ... Mrs. Norton
Michael Wincott ... Paul
Daisy White Daisy White ... School Secretary
George Bourne Sr. George Bourne Sr. ... Old Man
Bibi Caspari Bibi Caspari ... Mime
Gordon Jocelyn ... Antiquary
Brendan McKane Brendan McKane ... Man at the Terrace
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Storyline

In Toronto, the fifteen-year-old student and aspirant writer Sarah Norton meets the sixty-year-old painter Ashley St. Clair in a cafeteria while hiding from her stalker boyfriend Paul. Ashley hasn't painted for ten years. He agrees to read the poems that Sarah has written. They start seeing each other at his studio and Sarah falls in love with him. Ashley feels a platonic love for Sarah that becomes his muse and he decides to paint again. Paul spies Sarah in Ashley's studio, and misunderstands their relationship, he attacks her in a cornfield, but she defends herself. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Love makes it right. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Obsession See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Budget:

CAD5,700,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Burton once said of this film: "'Circle of Two' is a delicately balanced story. The two personalities have to complement each other very much and be totally believable or they run the risk of being just a dirty old man with a beautiful young girl. It's a tremendous job for the director." See more »

Quotes

Ashley St. Clair: He loved her to madness; her madness and his.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Happy Birthday to You
used by permission of Birch Tree Group Ltd.
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A pretty unforgettable film
8 February 2005 | by mcb1900-1See all my reviews

This is a film about romance - deep romance - and it has stayed with me since I first saw it many years ago. There is nothing at all tasteless in the depiction of the relationship between Ashley Sinclair (Richard Burton) and Sara (Tatum O' Neal). It has a lot of purity - partly, I suppose because their love was unconsummated physically - yet, it really was infinitely consummated mentally and emotionally in a way. Two people in love doing, one supposes, the "right" thing - the ending of this film is very heart-wrenching for anyone who has ever had to make difficult choices in love. I thought that both Richard Burton and Tatum O'Neal were perfect in their roles, and their love was highly believable. I also thought the title song was very memorable - there have been many times I have heard it in my head over the years. A great love story, that, unfortunately, not that many people know about.


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