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Ann Beattie (based on the novel "Chilly Scenes of Winter" by)
Joan Micklin Silver (screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 July 1982 (Australia) See more »
A romantic comedy for all seasons. See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Heard ... Charles

Mary Beth Hurt ... Laura

Peter Riegert ... Sam

Kenneth McMillan ... Pete

Gloria Grahame ... Clara
Nora Heflin ... Betty

Jerry Hardin ... Mr. Patterson
Tarah Nutter ... Susan

Mark Metcalf ... Ox
Allen Joseph ... Blind Man

Frances Bay ... Mrs. Delillo

Griffin Dunne ... Dr. Mark
Alex Johnson ... Elise
Beverly Rowland ... Woman in Park (as Beverly Booth Rowland)
Oscar Rowland ... Man in Store
Ann Beattie ... Waitress
Angela Phillips ... Rebecca
Margaressa Peach Taylor ... Dancing Nurse
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Alper ... Girl Optician (uncredited)
Mags Kavanaugh ... Waitress (uncredited)

Directed by
Joan Micklin Silver 
Writing credits
Ann Beattie (based on the novel "Chilly Scenes of Winter" by)

Joan Micklin Silver (screenplay)

Produced by
Griffin Dunne .... producer
Mark Metcalf .... producer
Amy Robinson .... producer
Original Music by
Ken Lauber 
Cinematography by
Bobby Byrne 
Film Editing by
Cynthia Scheider 
Production Design by
Peter Jamison 
Set Decoration by
Linda Spheeris 
Costume Design by
Rosanna Norton 
Makeup Department
Lola 'Skip' McNalley .... hair stylist
Ben Nye Jr. .... makeup artist (as Ben Nye II)
Production Management
Paul Helmick .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
D. Scott Easton .... second assistant director
Lorin Bennett Salob .... first assistant director (as Lorin Salob)
Art Department
Joe Acord .... construction coordinator
David Scott .... property master
Bo Welch .... assistant art director (as Robert Welch)
William Kemper Wright .... leadman (as William Wright)
Sound Department
Ron Curfman .... sound mixer
Harriet Fidlow .... looping editor
Leslie Gaulin .... assistant sound editor
Jack Higgins .... re-recording mixer
Lowell Mate .... assistant sound effects editor
Dan Sable .... sound effects editor
Richard Thornton .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul E. Borchardt .... key grip (as Paul Borchardt)
James F. Boyle .... gaffer (as James Boyle)
Ophelious Braxton .... best boy grip
Peter Davidian .... best boy
Ray De La Motte .... camera operator
Eric Engler .... second assistant camera
Robert E. Gaynor .... dolly grip (as Robert Gaynor)
Jack Gereghty .... still photographer
Jeff Gershman .... second assistant camera (as Jeffrey Gershman)
John A. Hawn .... electrician (as John Hawn)
Mitchell Lookabaugh .... grip (as Mitch Lookabaugh)
Steve Shaver .... electrician
Ted T. Sugura .... first assistant camera (as Ted Sugura)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Julie Starr Dresner .... costumer (as Julie Dresner)
Agnes Lyon .... costumer
Editorial Department
Deedra Bebout .... apprentice editor
Mindy Byer .... assistant editor
Location Management
Hal Schlleter .... locations: Salt Lake
Music Department
Ken Lauber .... music producer
Ken Lauber .... musician: keyboards
Ken Lauber .... orchestrator
Jerry Ragovoy .... composer: additional music
Toots Thielemans .... musician: Guitar, harmonica and whistle (as Jean 'Toots' Thielemans)
Transportation Department
Joe Sawyers .... transportation captain (as Joseph Sawyers)
Jerry Sidwell .... driver
Other crew
Betty Atkinson .... production office coordinator
Rita Damon .... production accountant
Cathy Freckleton .... assistant production accountant
Cathy Lehne .... production assistant
Laura Morgan .... assistant to director
Hannah Scheel .... script supervisor
Charles B. Wessler .... production assistant (as Charles Wessler)
Neal Wessler .... production assistant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Head Over Heels" - USA (original title)
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92 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Cameo: [Ann Beattie]the author of the original novel plays a waitress.See more »
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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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
the highs and lows are REAL, 8 November 2001
Author: raymond_chandler from Seattle, WA

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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