A Small Circle of Friends
Directed byRob Cohen
Written byEzra Sacks
Produced byTim Zinnemann
StarringBrad Davis
Karen Allen
Jameson Parker
Music byJim Steinman
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • March 12, 1980 (1980-03-12)
Running time
113 mins
CountryUnited States
Box office$766,740[1]

A Small Circle of Friends is a 1980 American drama film directed by Rob Cohen and starring Brad Davis, Karen Allen, Shelley Long, Jameson Parker, and Peter Mark. It was distributed by United Artists.


The film follows the life of three students (Davis, Allen, Parker) at Harvard University and Radcliffe College in the 1960s.



The soundtrack features instrumental music composed by Jim Steinman.[2] Steinman later incorporated melodies from his score into the power ballad songs "Total Eclipse of the Heart", which became a number one hit for Bonnie Tyler in 1983, and "Making Love Out of Nothing at All", which simultaneously became a number two hit for Air Supply.[3]


Some outdoor riot sequences were filmed some 37 miles (60 km) south of Cambridge at Bridgewater State College in Bridgewater, Massachusetts after Harvard declined to allow the filming on their campus. Other scenes were filmed at MIT and other local colleges.[4]


  1. ^ A Small Circle of Friends at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ Eleanor Mannikka (2008). "A Small Circle of Friends". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2008-02-25.
  3. ^ Breihan, Tom (27 July 2020). "The Number Ones: Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse Of The Heart"". Stereogum. Retrieved 18 October 2020.
  4. ^ "A movie extra for Circle tells his story" (PDF). The Tech.