"A Small Circle of Friends"

A Small Circle of Friends (1980) pretends to be about the radicalism of the 60s as seen through the eyes of upper middle class Harvard students, but is actually no more than a love story among three students, starting in their freshman year in 1967. While many of the events were depicted, such as Johnson's decision not to run for re-election, student protests, radicalization of some students, and the start of the draft lottery, the story focuses on non-conformist wannabe journalist Brad Davis, Radcliffe art major Karen Allen and Pre-med student Jameson Parker. In the freshman year, Davis courts Allen, and eventually succeeds. However, Parker and she also have a mutual attraction, and the three are inseparable. This led to the inevitable menage at th4 end of the film.

Allen shows a breast with no face in the same frame, and then about half a nipple with the face in frame. IMDb readers have this at 5.0 of 10. Critics were most unkind. I lived this period, although not as an Ivy Leager, but from my viewpoint, they had a lot of the events right, but not the mood. I really wanted to like this film, but rather than a good portrait of this fascinating era, it was just another sappy and predictable love story. C-.

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    • If there is a white asterisk, it means that there isn't any significant humor, but I inexplicably determined there might be something else of interest.
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    • If there is no asterisk, I wrote it, but am too ashamed to admit it.


    Words from Scoop.

    .avi's from Shiloh.

    .wmv files made by Scoop from Shiloh's .avi's.

    NOTE: because of a unique combination of circumstances with the Windows media player and some substantial bandwidth theft, we will have to do all of our movie files in zip format. Left click on the files as you normally would to view a picture. When you get a choice, click on "save", and put it on your hard drive in the directory of your choice. UnZIP and play from there.

    I know this is not especially convenient, but it allows the film clips to continue. I can protect .zip files from hot-linking in the same way I can protect still images. For some reason, if I protect .avis and .wmvs from hot-linking, they will not play in the Windows media player, and I can't get a satisfactory work-around. Perhaps I will find a better solution, but for now this new policy allows you to continue getting the movie clips you want to see, which is much preferable to my abandoning the clips altogether.


    Juliette Marquis - This Girl's Life


    Here's the final nude scene (actually the first nude scene) from This Girl's Life


    The Dreamers, Part 1


    Here's some competition for Ludivine in the Sexiest Body department. Eva Green in Bertolucci's controversial film. Great nudity. Great body. Quite explicit.



    Perhaps these tips will help if you have trouble with the codecs for these movies:

    Shiloh says:

    FYI when I hypercam vids to make the file size smaller I use DivX MPEG-4 Fast-Motion for the video compressor, then I use virtualdub to compress the audio. The properties for the vids says the video codec:  DivX Decoder Filter & audio codec:  Morgan Stream Switcher which I'm not familiar with. When I compress the audio with virtualdub I use MPEG Layer-3.  A friend of mine told me about compressing the audio about (6) mos. ago. Like I said previously, only been capping for a year & a half & I'm no expert. Hopefully this info will help members with the proper codecs for my vids.
    When I cap big brother's I use hypercam mostly & sdp & asfrecorder if the set up allows me. I stopped using camtasia cause the file sizes were always too big, could never figure out the process, over my head lol, plus it cost too much to buy in my opinion.

    A reader says:

    You mentioned that some users were having trouble with the videos on your site. There is a tool designed to determine what codec is needed for a video. http://www.headbands.com/gspot/ Hope this is useful to you or your users.

    Scoop says:

    I made the .wmv versions of each video. The codecs for these: Windows Video V8, Windows Audio 9. The upside of these is that you know the codecs, and they'll play in the Windows Media Player. The downside is that they are slightly larger, and slightly lower quality.

    Graphic Response
    • French beauty Mathilda May going topless and full frontal in scenes from the 1988 movie "La Passerelle" aka "The Catwalk".

    Be sure to pay Graphic Response a visit at his website. www.graphic-barry.com.

    Crimson Ghost
    NOTE: We currently have to do all of our movie files in zip format. Instead of viewing them online, save the zip files to your hard drive in the directory of your choice, un-zip and play from there.

    Today the Ghost salutes Claudia Jennings, the 70's Drive-In babe and former heffer (November '69 and for the year 1970).

    • Claudia Jennings topless in 4 scenes from "Truck Stop Women" (1974) (1, 2, 3, 4)

    • Claudia Jennings in 3 scenes from "Unholy Rollers" (1972). Topless in 1 and 3, far off rear nudity in #2. (1, 2, 3)

    'Caps and comments by Oz:

    "Foxy Brown"
    Pam Grier's nudity in Foxy Brown has appeared before but not so common has been the nudity and near-nudity by Sally Ann Stroud, Juanita Brown, Brenda Venus, Kimberly Hyde and some unknowns.

    "The Town is Quiet"
    The Town is Quiet aka La Ville est Tranquil is a film concerned with the daily happenings in a small French town. Full frontal nudity by Christine Brücher and Véronique Balme and some unknowns. Ariane Ascaride is possibly showing some distant bush.

    "The Paradise Virus"
    No nudity in The Paradise Virus but there are some sexy views of Kristen Swieconek.

    • Kristen Swieconek (1, 2)

    Cubbyhouse is a mediocre Australian horror film. Belinda Ann Gavin is topless and covered in blood and Lauren Hewett goes topless as she does a strip for the adolescent neighbour, but the goodies are hidden.

    "The Recruit"
    No visible nudity in The Recruit but Bridget Moynahan has her top off.

    • Bridget Moynahan (1, 2)

    "Maid in Manhattan"
    No nudity in Maid in Manhattan but Amy Sedaris' push-up bra is working overtime.

    Laura Harris DAI catches the Canadian actress showing some cleavage during Sunday night's episode of the excellent made for Showtime series "Dead Like Me". She's probably best known of course for her role (and nudity) in the Robert Rodriguez movie "The Faculty" (1998).

    Maggie Gyllenhaal
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

    Mr. Nude Celeb 'caps of Gyllenhaal looking wonderful in topless and full frontal scenes from "Secretary" (2002).

    Aleksandra Kaniak
    (1, 2, 3, 4)

    Señor Skin 'caps of a babe you've probably never heard of....but don't let that stop you from looking! Here she is showing off natural breasts and a pretty nice bum in scenes from an episode of the Skinemax series "Hot Line".

    Mail Bag
    Subject:Where are they now?

    Whatever hapened to "Valley Girl" star Deborah Foreman? She was actually developing acting talent by the time she was old enough to play adult roles, and then nothing!

    Jr's reply...
    Well if I had to guess, her Logan's Run hand jewel started flashing.

    With the exception of one guest spot on a 1995 TV series starring one of our B-movie heroes Jeff Fahey, Foreman basically retired from acting all together in 1991 (at age 29).

    According to her website (which is full of publicity pics for her fans) she now makes a living doing graphic design, web design and custom painting furniture.

    Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
    Pat's comments in yellow...

    Sssh! It's A Secret! - The Drudge Report claimed that President Bush was considering making a secret trip to the Olympics to attend an Iraqi soccer game. But worries about security may have already caused the plan to be dropped.

  • Besides, nobody else is attending, so why should Bush?
  • If Bush had attended, nobody else would've been allowed into the arena, including the teams...Unless of course they sign a political loyalty oath and only do the pre-planned, approved plays.
  • No real American would go halfway around the world to watch a soccer game.
  • In a related story, Bill Clinton may attend the women's beach volleyball finals.

    No More Mr. Nice Guy - Alice Cooper says the pro-Kerry tour by Bruce Springsteen and other rockers is "treason against rock 'n' roll" and makes him sick; that rock is "the antithesis of politics" and when his parents talked politics, he'd run to his room and blast the Rolling Stones. He said, "Why are we rock stars? Because we're morons! We sleep all day, we play music at night and very rarely do we sit around reading the Washington Journal...If you're listening to a rock star in order to get your information on who to vote for, you're a bigger moron than they are."

  • And rock stars get all their political information from other rock stars, so IMAGINE how moronic they must be!
  • Same thing goes for their public service announcements about safe sex.
  • Ironically, the only rock star who really does sit around reading the Washington Journal is Alice Cooper.

    No Mohawks! - TheSmokingGun.com posted Beyonce's five-year contract with L'Oreal. It reveals that she will be paid $4.7 million to work 10 days a year promoting L'Oreal, with an option of two extra days for $25,000 a day. She can't use Revlon or Clairol products, she must maintain "approximately the same physical appearance and health" and keep her hair in excellent condition, and notify L'Oreal of "any radical change to her hair any concert tour may necessitate."

  • They got burned 20 years ago when they signed an unknown singer with beautiful hair: Sinead O'Connor.
  • And she'll be fined $25,000 for each bad hair day.
  • Plus, she's not allowed to look one day older.

    It Seems So Forced - Liam Neeson said he's glad he got to play a "Star Wars" Jedi master and loved working with George Lucas, but he admits the movies have "kind of got silly now." He said they're all pyrotechnics and "computerized stuff," and the actors "all come across as pretty wooden." But he said it's hard to stand in front of a blue screen and act like it's an everyday thing that you're with "a winged beast that talks."

  • Guess Liam Neeson has never owned a parrot.
  • Lucas' dialogue is so wooden, you could actually build the blue screen out of it.
  • The hardest part is pretending to talk to Jar Jar Binks without flying into a fit of rage.
  • Lucas is solving that problem by computerizing the actors, too.

    Time For A Lobe-otomy - Britain's Daily Mirror reports that during a break in filming an upcoming boxing movie, Russell Crowe went out drinking with his close friend and bodyguard Mark "Spud" Carroll. When Carroll told him it was time to go home to his wife and son, Crowe drunkenly started a fight and bit Carroll's ear.

  • So who cast Russell Crowe in "The Mike Tyson Story"?
  • Spud needs a new nickname that doesn't sound like food.