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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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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)
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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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Love does strange things to people. And Charles is a little strange to begin with. 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 »

Quotes

Charles: [examining a movie poster for a skin flick] You're prettier than she is.
Laura: Now I'm prettier than a porno star. Would you stop it?
Charles: Stop what?
Laura: We go to movies and you say I look better than the movie stars. We go to the best restaurant in town and you say I'm a better cook than the chef. You have this exulted view of me and I hate it. If you think I'm that great, there must be something wrong with you.
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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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5 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Chilly Scenes of Winter"was originally called, "Head Over Heels" and had its ending re edited and dramatically changed so that the film swerved from a positive, uplifting little character study of quirky, interesting and flawed people into a sad, depressing portrayal of losers mired in their failures with no hope of redemption. I always wondered why Joan Micklin Silver decided to re edit the original film,which had an ending that fit the tone so much better. Was she forced by a studio? Did she actually think that she was improving it by abandoning the positive and embracing the dark? The title "Chilly Scenes of Winter"may fit its edited ending, but diminishes the film.


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