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

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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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Laura
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Sam
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Pete
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Mr. Patterson
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Ox
Allen Joseph ...
Blind Man
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Mrs. Delillo
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Dr. Mark
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Elise
Beverly Rowland ...
Woman in Park (as Beverly Booth Rowland)
Oscar Rowland ...
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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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15 July 1982 (Australia)  »

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

Quotes

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 »

Soundtracks

Get It While You Can
Written by Jerry Ragovoy (as Ragovoy) and Mort Shuman (as Schuman)
Performed by Janis Joplin
Courtesy of CBS Records
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This could have been a cult film if it were marketed correctly
27 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I, for one, love Head Over Heels more than the newer release of CSOW. I loved the choices the director made with camera angles in telling the story - halting to allow the protagonist to talk directly to the camera. It was a brilliant and witty film, and Heard was so good I actually felt his pain of pining away over a lost love. There was so many memorable characters in addition to Charles' mom: the stepfather; the office worker, Betty; the boss; the roommate; the sister and her fiancé; Laura's ex-husband.

I loved this movie, and I would love to get a copy of the original Head Over Heels version. I liked the original ending much better.

Why this movie didn't win a plethora of awards is beyond me.

Valerie


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