Circle of Power (1983) - Rotten Tomatoes

Circle of Power (1983)





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In this sordid film of human behavior that would make King Kong look intellectual, a group of executive losers go to a business training camp where Bianca Ray (Yvette Mimieux), certainly a refugee from the land of the Amazons but ostensibly an advertising agency exec, tames those wild ids down to a level of blissful conformity. One tormented soul had seen his mother misbehaving with a stranger and to compensate for the homoerotic urges that this union sparked, he turned to food - now instead of a happy, thin gay man he is an unhappy, celibate, fat executive. To break his fixation on food they put him into a pig pen and shove garbage down his throat - and he is redeemed. For many viewers, this film would have done the trick just as well.


Yvette Mimieux
as Bianca Ray
Christopher Allport
as Jack Nilsson
Cindy Pickett
as Lyn Nilsson
John Considine
as Jordon Carelli
Scott Marlowe
as Ted Bartel
Walter Olkewicz
as Buddy Gordon
Carmen Argenziano
as Tony Annese
Mary McCusker
as Jane Annese
Hugh Gillin
as Ben Davis
Fran Ryan
as Marie Davis
Leo Rossi
as Chris Morris
Hanna Hertelendy
as Sylvia Arnold
Danny Dayton
as David Arnold
Wally Taylor
as Charlie Carter
Tony Plana
as Reza Haddad
Susan Lynch
as Clare Bartel
Micol Mercuiro
as Mrs. Gordon
Micole Mercurio
as Mrs. Gordon
Peggy Kaye
as Mrs. Morris
Barbara Thorpe
as Mrs. Haddad
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Critic Reviews for Circle of Power

All Critics (1) | Top Critics (1)

It's an entertaining film with serious intentions.

June 19, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Circle of Power


A group of business executives and their wives are sent to a retreat, aptly called "Mystique", which turns into a nightmare. It is ruled by a dominating lady (Yvette Mimieux) and her partner (John Carsidine), and a troop of strongmen. The executives are imprisoned, abused, humiliated, starved, sleep-deprived, over-exercised -- but the scary part is... it helps them overcome their fears and empowers them to do anything. Or does it? One man (Christopher Allport) and his wife (Cindy Pickett) attempt to break free of the compound, but must also go up against their converted co-workers. I really was fascinated by this movie; it depicted a frighteningly real cult. I liked Yvette's dominating abuse of the men, which made it campy. This movie has shocking scenes, like when a fat man is locked in a cage naked, and another is made to carry his own cross and then buried alive. It's disturbing but interesting. It sort of has a low budget made-for-TV feel.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

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