Four Friends

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Arthur Penn
Production: Filmways Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
114 min

My father left Yugoslavia

shortly after I was born.

We were introduced to each other...

for the first time in a train station

in Gary, Indiana...


It's Chicago, Indiana, America!


Hey, Prozor, is that your family?

Yes, my woman, my son, my family.

Welcome to the US of A!


That makes a total of 60 miles.

Have you ever been there?

Come on, Gergley!

I'll sock him.

It's a great way to get in shape.

- It develops your lungs like nothing else.

- A moving concert.

And if the audience wants to listen,

they have to keep up.

We'd have to face the audience,

so we'd have to run backwards, right?

That's a good point.

Come on, you guys.

Tom? Danny?

David, Tom, and Danilo

were the best of friends...

and they loved the same girl, Georgia.

She lived next door to me

on Aberdeen Lane.

And I loved to watch the boys come to call.

They always came together.

It kept me young, trying to guess

which one she would choose.

Wonderful kids, all four.

Good evening, boys.

- Hello, Mrs. Zoldos.

- Good evening, Mrs. Zoldos.

Is it time for

the Senior Class Concert already?

Yes, it is, Mrs. Zoldos.

Wait till you see the dress Georgia made

for the occasion.

It's so lovely.

She was dancing out on the porch earlier.

Good evening, kiddos.

That is no way to behave at a concert,

Georgia Miles.

Swear to God, Mr. Lucas, when I hear music

something happens to me...

and I either have to move,

or scream my head off or something.

Something's in my blood, sir...

and I don't know what it is.

But I do know if I can't dance, I'd die.

Maybe you should see a doctor.

A doctor! These middle-class minds...

they don't know what passion is...

what ecstasy is,

what it's like to be possessed.

I'm gonna be a famous dancer.

I am, I just know it.

- She's gonna be a dancer.

- Listen to my heart.

It doesn't just beat, David. It keeps a beat.

Here, go ahead and listen. Come on.

Do you hear it?

Listen. Go ahead. Do you believe me?

I'm going home. I'll see you around.

I was born on the very day

and the very hour...

that Isadora Duncan died.

Her soul is inside of me.

If you don't believe me,

I never want to see you again...

any of you again. Never.

- But she died in 1927.

- So what?

It took her soul 15 years

to find somebody like me.

It's so beautiful!

It's standing and it seems to move.

- I told you I'd see you around.

- Style, that's what it is.

Without style you're dead ducks, kiddos.

Allow me to introduce myself:

Dead Duck Levine.

- I got to get glasses on Monday.

- So what?

- My dad wears glasses.

- So what?

I'm getting to be more and more like him.

And my hair is getting thinner...

my ass is getting fatter.

It's like the Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

- Pretty soon, I'll be just like him.

- Not if you don't want to.

I don't want to. You think I want to? I don't!

- Ever hear of genes and chromosomes?

- They don't matter.

Jewish chromosomes matter.

He wants me to take over his business

when I get out of school.

- David, you don't wanna be a mortician.

- No, I don't wanna be a mortician.

You think I wanna be a mortician? I don't.

- Between chromosomes and traditions...

- You know what? We have to think, David.

- Please.

- Hypnosis.

Please. Short of conversion, I'll do anything.

- Let's give him a word.

- No, two words.

And whenever you feel

the evil influence of the middle class...

muddling your soul, just say these

two words and you'll be a free spirit again:

Isadora Duncan.

- Who's Isadora Duncan?

- "Who's Isadora Duncan?"

She was the greatest dancer who ever lived.

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Steve Tesich

Stojan Steve Tesich (Serbian: Стојан Стив Тешић, Stojan Stiv Tešić; September 29, 1942 – July 1, 1996) was a Serbian American screenwriter, playwright and novelist. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1979 for the movie Breaking Away. more…

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