American Friends

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Francis Ashby (Michael Palin) is a Victorian-era Oxford instructor who takes a trip to Switzerland, where he befriends vacationing American Caroline Hartley (Connie Booth) and her teenage daughter, Elinor (Trini Alvarado). Both women are romantically interested in Francis, and when he returns to campus, the Hartleys follow him back and move into a nearby home to pursue him. Unfortunately, university professors are forbidden to marry, and Francis must choose between love and his career.

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Rated: PG
Duration: 0 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Tristram Powell
Screenwriter: Michael Palin, Tristram Powell
Cast: Michael Palin
Trini Alvarado
Connie Booth
Bryan Pringle
Alfred Molina
David Calder
Simon Jones