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Chilly Scenes of Winter (1979)
"Head Over Heels" (original title)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  15 July 1982 (Australia)
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Charles is a Salt Lake City civil servant who loves (*LOVES*) Laura, a lovely housewife with a lovely step-daughter and an A-frame-selling, ex-quarterback husband named Ox. His roommate is ... See full summary »

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Charles
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Laura
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Sam
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Pete
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Clara
Nora Heflin ...
Betty
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Mr. Patterson
Tarah Nutter ...
Susan
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Ox
Allen Joseph ...
Blind Man
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Mrs. Delillo
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Dr. Mark
Alex Johnson ...
Elise
Beverly Rowland ...
Woman in Park (as Beverly Booth Rowland)
Oscar Rowland ...
Man in Store
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Charles is a Salt Lake City civil servant who loves (*LOVES*) Laura, a lovely housewife with a lovely step-daughter and an A-frame-selling, ex-quarterback husband named Ox. His roommate is "an unemployed jacket salesman," his mother is a spacey, laxative overdosing, overly eccentric basket-case, his perpetually happy sister finds love in the dorkiest of guys, his step-father has a jones for Turtle Wax and his boss asks him for advice about his Ivy League son's sexual problems. He listens to Janis Joplin and dreams of getting Laura back once and for all. He does everything in his power to win her back from Ox, and the lengths he goes to provide the structure of the film in this bittersweet romantic comedy...a film that explores what happened to the Woodstock generation when they transcended their idealism (i.e. it was expected that they fall in love and face the music of routine). Charles is perhaps the quintessential saint of this ideology. Written by thustlebird

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Ann Beattie:  the author of the original novel plays a waitress. See more »

Quotes

Clara: [at Thanksgiving dinner] How are you parents, Sam? Where are they living?
Sam: Well, my fathers living in an apartment on Lee Road and my mother's still in the house.
Clara: Did you hear that Charles? Sam's parents aren't living together!
Charles: You knew that, mom! Sam's parents haven't lived together since Sam and I were in the eighth grade.
Clara: I certainly did not know that! That must make you very sad, Sam.
Sam: I'm accustomed to it.
Clara: Brave boy!
Charles: Do you want me to get the food, mother?
Clara: What food?
Charles: The turkey!
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Other title: Chilly Scenes of Winter
20 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

more aptly describes this gem of a movie. Not on cable as much as lesser films, unfortunately.

John Heard is excellent as the unrequited lover, pursuing Laura, a woman in a mediocre marriage, on-again off-again.

What is nice about this film is it sort of imitates life: things happen for no reason, odd characters (Gloria Grahame as mom is very good) People with their own quirks and problems. This was filmed in Salt Lake City Utah, and gives us a nice backdrop of emotion, estranged relationships, hopes for the future.

Peter Riegert (amusing as the unemployed jacket salesman with a physics background). John Heard is quirky and sympathetic at his office job, where he pours a cup of vodka for himself, trying to figure out how to win Laura back. Mary Beth Hurt is also believable, as a confused woman on the fence about her marriage to an A-frame salesman named "Ox".

Joan Micklin Silver is to be commended for her direction in this film. Oddly, I also reviewed an LMN movie she directed, "Hunger Point" with Barbara Hershey. I enjoyed that film. The director seemed to add touches of humanity into that film as well. "Chilly Scenes of Winter" is not to be missed, a nice human film which anyone who has wondered why they can't just have a "normal life", will relate to and enjoy. 9/10.


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