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.
All the boys love Georgia...and Georgia loves all the boys!
Did You Know?
Gary Sinise had an uncredited role. See more
As Danilo Prozor is fighting with Gergley in the bar, one can see the shape of knee pads worn under Prozor's trousers. See more
I'm tired and I have to go to work. That is America.
Features You Bet Your Life
Words & Music by Gilbert Lopez
© 1962 Little Dipper Music Corp.
Performed by Ray Barretto
Courtesy of Musica Latina International, Inc. See more