When the Circus Came to Town

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
GenreDrama
Written byLarry Grusin (story and screenplay)
Directed byBoris Sagal
StarringElizabeth Montgomery
Christopher Plummer
Eileen Brennan
Theme music composerCharles Gross
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Executive producer(s)Barry Krost
Producer(s)Robert Halmi Sr.
Robert Halmi Jr. (associate producer)
Production location(s)Savannah, Georgia
CinematographyMichel Hugo
Editor(s)Murray Solomon
Running time120 min.
Production company(s)Entheos Unlimited Productions
Meteor Films
DistributorCBS
Release
Original networkCBS
Original releaseJanuary 20, 1981

Story

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.

Cast

  • Elizabeth Montgomery . . . Mary Flynn
  • Christopher Plummer . . . Duke Royal
  • Eileen Brennan . . . Jessy
  • Gretchen Wyler . . . Olivia Probaska
  • Anne Shropshire . . . Aunt Helen
  • Tommy Madden . . . Louie
  • Timothy Hill . . . Schuller
  • Russell Saunders . . . Ivan Probashka
  • Mark Yerkes . . . Sergei Probashka
  • Bob Yerkes . . . Georgi Probashka
  • J. Don Ferguson . . . Andre Probashka
  • Anne Haney . . . Blossom
  • George Ellis . . . Rodriguez
  • Don Devendorf . . . Motel Clerk
  • Charles Lawlor . . . Redneck
  • Nicholas Warf . . . Juggler

Production notes

Crew


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