A Wedding (1978)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  29 August 1978 (USA)
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The daughter of a Louisville truck driver marries the scion of a very wealthy family, but reception at the family estate is boycotted by the invited guests.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tulip Brenner
Snooks Brenner
Amy Stryker ...
Muffin Brenner
Buffy Brenner
Hughie Brenner
Gerald Busby ...
Rev. David Ruteledge
Candice Ruteledge
Mark R. Deming ...
Matthew Ruteledge
Mary Seibel ...
Aunt Marge Spar
Ruby Spar
Lesley Rogers ...
Rosie Bean
Russell Bean (as Timothy Thomerson)
Marta Heflin ...
Shelby Munker
David Brand ...
Ruteledge Child
Christian Brand ...
Ruteledge Child (as Chris Brand)


Muffin's wedding to Dino Corelli is to be a big affair. Except the aging priest isn't too sure of the ceremony, only the families actually turn up as the Corelli Italian connection is suspect, security guards watch the gifts rather over-zealously, and Dino's grandma expires in bed just as the reception starts. Could be quite an occasion. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Release Date:

29 August 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un día de boda  »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Actress Lillian Gish's first theatrical feature film in a decade. Gish's last had been playing Mrs. Smith in The Comedians (1967) in 1967. Gish was 82 years old when she appeared in A Wedding (1978). See more »


The DVD case / movie poster has Howard Duff's name over the photograph of Vittorio Gassman, who portrays "Luigi". Howard Duff portrays "Dr. Jules Meecham". See more »


[opening lines]
Casey: [referring to Regina] Pret-ty woman.
Florence Farmer: Boy look what a beautiful glaze she's got on her eyes.
Casey: I'd call that glassy eyed.
Florence Farmer: Hmmm.
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References Carrie (1976) See more »


Heavenly Sunlight
(1899) (uncredited)
Music by George Harrison Cook
Lyrics by Henry J. Zelley
Played on violin by Ellie Albers and Sung by the guests in the basement
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An affair to remember
11 January 2002 | by (St. Louis, Missouri) – See all my reviews

I think this film does a splendid job of showing both the charm and the pitfalls of Robert Altman's style of direction. And curiously, it may be his most likable film.

Of course, Altman's trademark soft-focus drama and overlapping soundtrack are in evidence here, giving us a clear approximation of what it is like to be thrust into a big, bustling and poorly-organized social event. A WEDDING shows us what Altman does best, creating an atmosphere where individuals come into and out of focus seemingly at random and the storyline unfolds less like a narrative than as a string of half overheard bits of gossip. The large and varied cast performs with seemingly exaggerated gusto, a necessity to help make clear the individual threads of the tangled narratives. You either love this about Altman's films, or it infuriates you -- sometimes it does both.

Yet, as much as this meandering style of film-making can exhilarate the game viewer, it can also rob the story of a sense of gravity. Certainly, the point of the film is that such an event as a phoney-baloney society wedding is a trivial affair, at the same time when the film turns to matters of life and death, the Altman style makes this seem trivial as well. Altman has never been able to punch home his films with "a big climatic moment" -- and he has never really tried -- and that is what is missing from A WEDDING. It just sort of peters out, like guests who randomly wander out of the party without saying goodbye.

Still, there is something endearing about A WEDDING that is missing from much of Altman's other works. Despite the large hubbub of characters, this is an intimate affair and little bits of bittersweet drama filters through. The lightly sketched vignettes give us an insightful vision of family ties in various states of unraveling. The characters, though ludicrous from a distance, are somehow endearing when viewed up close. Kudos must go to vivid performances by such unlikely costars as Carol Burnett, Pat McCormick, Dina Merrill, Geraldine Chaplin, Lillian Gish, Nina Van Palandt, Mia Farrow and Lauren Hutton, some of whom have but a few seconds of screen time to create memorable characterizations. Like many a real-life wedding, A Wedding is vaguely disappointing, yet strangely unforgettable.

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