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Chilly Scenes of Winter (1979)

Head Over Heels (original title)
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
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Betty
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Mr. Patterson
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Ox
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Blind Man
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Mrs. Delillo
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Elise
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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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A romantic comedy for all seasons. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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15 July 1982 (Australia)  »

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

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Laura: Well, I haven't felt "terrific" in a long time.
Charles: If I make you feel terrific, will you marry me?
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References Woodstock (1970) See more »

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Skylark
Written by Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer
Performed by Bette Midler
Courtesy of Atlantic Records
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A quirky, funny, yet bittersweet love story
14 July 1999 | by (Ukiah, California) – See all my reviews

Charles (John Heard) falls hard for Laura (Marybeth Hurt), a woman confused about the choices she has made in life; his obsession for her only deepens her overall confusion. This film was re-edited and re-released in 1982 as *Chilly Scenes of Winter,* the title of Ann Beattie's novel from which this was adapted. It's certainly a better title than *Head over Heels,* which at first glance might suggest some kind of porno movie. But I cling to this less-attractive title because the original, four-minute-longer ending to the "original" movie was better--truer, at least, to the ambiguities of this most bittersweet love story--and, okay, it was a little happier ending, too.

But the rest of the movie is also lovely, as we follow the meanders of their relationship, while meeting the odd characters whose idiosyncrasies are woven effortlessly into this touching comedy-drama. (Charles' encounters with the blind vendor in his building, for one thing, are a classic; and you'll probably never look at yogurt quite the same again.) Those who love this movie might also want to scare up a copy of Danny Peary's *Cult Movies 3* (Fireside Books, 1988), which has movie stills, a plot synopsis, and a lengthy commentary. (And, for that matter, lovers of movies should also check out Peary's *Cult Movies* and *Cult Movies 2*; the three books profile a total of 200 mostly memorable, though less well-known, films.)


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