I loved this movie. It didn't get great reviews from the critics, but all my friends who've seen it love it. It's a story about a college student back during the depression, runs off to the circus. Well, sort of, circumstances place him in the circus. And his adventures with the circus and falling in love. It's also about how getting old sometimes can take away your dignity, if you let it. I liked all the actors, felt they did a great job. I give it 3 stars.
PS - I've started reading the book. The beginning of the book is quite different from the movie ending. At least, one big point is quite different. Interesting.