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When the Circus Came to Town
Written byLarry Grusin (story and screenplay)
Directed byBoris Sagal
StarringElizabeth Montgomery
Christopher Plummer
Eileen Brennan
Theme music composerCharles Gross
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerBarry Krost
ProducersRobert Halmi Sr.
Robert Halmi Jr. (associate producer)
Production locationSavannah, Georgia
CinematographyMichel Hugo
EditorMurray Solomon
Running time120 min.
Production companiesEntheos Unlimited Productions
Meteor Films
Original networkCBS
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original releaseJanuary 20, 1981 (1981-01-20)

When the Circus Came to Town is a 1981 American made-for-television drama film directed by Boris Sagal and starring Elizabeth Montgomery, Christopher Plummer, and Eileen Brennan. It originally aired on CBS as a "Movie of the Week" on January 20, 1981.


When the Circus Came to Town chronicles the life of Mary Flynn (Montgomery), a woman nearing middle age living in a small town. When the circus comes through town, she realizes nothing will ever change unless she does something different, so she leaves her boring sheltered life to run away and join the circus. While adapting to her new life, she finds herself challenged, and in the end, happy with her new life.


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