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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
Nora Heflin ...
Betty
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Mr. Patterson
Tarah Nutter ...
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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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Love does strange things to people. And Charles is a little strange to begin with. 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

Charles: Could you imagine living with a man named Ox?
Susan: Yes, if she's happy.
Charles: She's not happy.
Susan: Are you happy?
Charles: What's happy?
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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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Quiet comment on an intense love affair
24 December 2000 | by (Columbus Ohio USA) – See all my reviews

I am a little unclear about what moves the female protagonist to act as she does, but since a woman wrote the novel and another woman wrote the screen play and directed the film, who am I to quarrel with that? The male protagonist is older than I was when I suffered the way he does. I sympathize with his pain, and the movie makers are right about the common response to it - trivial violence, rather than the tragedy of commonplace film.

I think it is a very good film. My only reservation is that an excessive amount of it occurs in the man's car, but I guess that's life in Salt Lake City.


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