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A Wedding (1978)

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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Snooks Brenner
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Muffin Brenner
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Buffy Brenner
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Rev. David Ruteledge
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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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22 November 1978 (France)  »

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Un día de boda  »

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Final film as an actor for actor-director John Cromwell who was ninety-one years old when he played Bishop Martin in this film. Cromwell had also appeared Robert Altman's previous picture 3 Women (1977). See more »

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Why would Tracy saying she "missed the wedding" be a goof? The writer could have intended sarcasm, with Tracy knowing full-well that she wasn't invited to the wedding and taking it as a slight. See more »

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Rita Billingsley: You know weddings are the happiest events I could possibly dream of and yet some how when they're over it's always so sad.
Rosie Bean: Yea, I know what you mean.
Rita Billingsley: You must have had a beautiful wedding. Did you?
Rosie Bean: Oh yea, I had a great weddin'. Umm, it wasn't anything like this. We were real poor but it was beautiful and my husband Russell looked so handsome. You know all the girls were after him, but he picked me to marry. Yea I think that was the happiest day of my life. But you're right, when ...
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Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing
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Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung by Chris La Kome
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26 November 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Robert Altman's "A Wedding" was shown recently on cable. Having seen it when it was first released, I was curious as to how it kept after all these years. Being an admirer of Mr. Altman's work, it was worth watching again, although the movie seems a bit too long on second viewing.

Mr. Altman brings two families into a formal wedding that are as dissimilar as oil and water. The groom's family is old money and the bride's is new money, perhaps, although the latter one seem to be out of place. The immediate reaction is: why are these two people marrying? Frankly, it makes no sense, at all.

We are treated to a wedding reception from hell! The wedding party as well as some of the few guests that attend the reception are an odd lot indeed. Logic would indicate that if a wedding is at the center of the story, the bride and the groom should be more prominently focused, but this being an Altman film, they are not as important as the people around them.

There is the old matriarch with no sense of time, at all! Then there is the old bishop that might be in the beginning states of dementia. The old family doctor who likes to touch all females' breasts. We have a wedding planner who has no sense of style. The mother of the bride is swept off her feet by the uncle of the groom in a hysterical sequence. The sister of the bride also had relations with the groom and his class at the military academy!

We get to spy on most conversations. Mr. Altman makes us silent witnesses to what is going on behind the scenes. This is his device for telling his story; he lets us hear snippets of conversation to get an idea of what is really going on.

"A Wedding" is a minor Altman. Somehow this story doesn't grab the viewer the same way as some of his best pictures, but it's a fun ride all the same. At the end we have learned the secrets of the two families and frankly, most of it was not that interesting. That is why, perhaps, this movie, although it tries, never found a wider audience when it came out in 1978.

This film is for Altman fans, mainly.


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