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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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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
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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15 July 1982 (Australia)  »

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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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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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8 November 2001 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

I have always loved this film, ever since I first saw it in its re-release as "CSOW" in 1982. I have never seen the "Head Over Heels" version, thankfully. What really hit me then was the parallel to an obsessive love affair I had just experienced. I was dumped by a woman I met at work, and it was several months before I got over it. I had an unfulfilling, drab office job, and an unemployed roommate sharing a house with me.

As a film, what makes this so special is its lack of pretense. The characters are as flawed as they are lovable. The relationship between Charles and his mother is as unsettling as it is comical. Even though Charles is a self-obsessed jerk, his simple devotion to the one wonderful, transcendent thing in his life - the love he and Laura shared - is endearing. He is not so much a stalker as someone who simply cannot bear the thought of returning to the uneventful, empty life he knew before Laura.


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