American Friends

American Friends (1991)

An education in love

  • Genre: Comedy, Romance
  • Release Date: 1991-03-22
  • User Rating: 6.1/10 from 4 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 35min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Prominent Features
  • Production Country: United Kingdom
  • Director:
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Francis Ashby, a senior Oxford don on holiday alone in the Alps, meets holidaying American Caroline and her companion Elinor, the blossoming Irish-American girl she adopted many years before. Ashby finds he enjoys their company, particularly that of Elinor, and both the women are drawn to him. Back at Oxford he is nevertheless taken aback when they arrive unannounced. Women are not allowed in the College grounds, let alone the rooms. Indeed any liaison, however innocent, is frowned on by the upstanding Fellows.

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  • Michael Palin

    as Rev. Francis Ashby
  • Trini Alvarado

    as Elinor Hartley
  • Connie Booth

    as Caroline Hartley
  • Alfred Molina

    as Oliver Syme
  • Bryan Pringle

    as Haskell
  • Jonathan Firth

    as Cable
  • Susan Denaker

    as Mrs. Cantrell
  • David Calder

    as Pollitt
  • Robert Eddison

    as Rushden - The President
  • Simon Jones

    as Anderson
Production Patrick Cassavetti Producer
Writing Michael Palin Writer
Production Irene Lamb Casting
Costume & Make-Up Bob Ringwood Costume Design
Sound Georges Delerue Original Music Composer
Production Steve Abbott Producer
Camera David Appleby Still Photographer
Editing George Akers Editor
Art Andrew McAlpine Production Design
Art Chris Townsend Art Direction
Directing Tristram Powell Director
Writing Tristram Powell Writer
Camera Philip Bonham-Carter Director of Photography
Directing Penny Eyles Script Supervisor
Production Linda Bruce Production Supervisor
Production Sandor Von Orosz Production Manager