Friends (1971 film)

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Directed by Lewis Gilbert
Produced by Lewis Gilbert
Written by
  • Vernon Harris
    Jack Russell
Story by Lewis Gilbert
Music by
Cinematography Andréas Winding
Edited by Anne V. Coates
Lewis Gilbert Productions
Distributed by
Release dates
  • March 24, 1971 (1971-03-24) (United States)
Running time
101 minutes
Language English

Friends is a 1971 teen-romance film directed and produced by Lewis Gilbert and written by Gilbert, Vernon Harris, and Jack Russell. The soundtrack, with music composed by Elton John and lyrics written by Bernie Taupin, was released as the Friends album, and John's recording of the title selection charted when released as a single in the United States.[1]


In this teen romance, a neglected young English boy named Paul Harrison (Sean Bury) runs away and becomes a friend of a French girl named Michelle Latour (Anicée Alvina) on the same flight. Together, they go to an idyllic marsh location in France; specifically, the Camargue. There, they become lovers, set up housekeeping, have a baby, and play at being responsible adults. Along the way, both Paul and Michelle discover many of the troubles that can be involved with family life. Ultimately, however, police who have responded to a missing-persons report separate the two and, presumably, take their baby into protective custody.


Main article: Paul and Michelle

In the 1974 sequel, Paul and Michelle, the young family has been reunited, and Paul Harrison has to cope with not only a new love interest for Michelle Latour, but also the difficulties he faces balancing work, college, and trying to maintain their family.

Critical reception[edit]

The film was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best English-Language Foreign Film at the 1972 Golden Globe Awards. It was also nominated for a Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture at the 1972 Grammy Awards.[2]

Roger Ebert gave the film a one-star rating, criticizing it heavily for its portrayal of teenage sex: "The archness of their 'innocence' toward sex is, finally, just plain dirty. And the worst thing is that the movie seems to like it that way."[3]



  1. ^ Billboard chart April 24 1971 - peaked at number 34
  2. ^ New York Times
  3. ^ Roger Ebert (1 September 1971). "Friends". 

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