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Continental Divide (1981)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  18 September 1981 (USA)
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A hard-nosed Chicago journalist has an unlikely love affair with an eagle researcher.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernie Souchak
Nell Porter
Howard McDermott (as Allen Goorwitz)
Tony Ganios ...
Max Bernbaum
Liam Russell ...
Deke Lewis
Everett Smith ...
Bill Henderson ...
Train Conductor
Eddie Schwartz ...
Harold Holmes ...
Mr. Feeney
Elizabeth Young ...
Mrs. Feeney
Frankie Hill ...


Ernie Souchak (John Belushi), a tough Chicago reporter, gets a little too close to the Mob, and is assaulted by two crooked police officers sent by a crooked councilman, and ends up in the hospital. To take the heat off of him, his editor sends him to Colorado to investigate an eagle researcher ('Blair Brown'). Sparring partners at first, the pair eventually fall in love, but Souchak must return to Chicago when one of his sources is mysteriously killed. Written by Ray Hamel <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


When they met they heard bells. And that was just round one.


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

18 September 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amerikai románc  »

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Steven Spielberg was the executive producer of the film, the first to be made by his production company, Amblin Entertainment. Lead actor John Belushi and Spielberg previously collaborated on 1941 (1979). See more »


Nell is chopping wood as Ernie approaches. As they begin to talk Nell piles wood in her cradled left arm. The next shot is closer and at a different angle. As this shot begins Nell has no wood and begins to pile it once again in her cradled left arm. See more »


Ernie Souchak: It's so quiet up here, you could hear a mouse get a hard on.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, after some mountain shots, there's a sequence of a selection of some of the black-and-white photos of Ernie and/or Nell that Souchak had on his desk. See more »


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Theme from Continental Divide (Never Say Goodbye)
Music by Michael Small
Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager
Performed by Helen Reddy
Available on MCA Records
Record Produced by Joel Diamond
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missing John
15 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie gives me one more reason to wish that John Belushi had taken care of himself, rather than diving into self-destruction. It shows that he had talent well beyond sketch comedy, or Animal House buffoonery. I wish he were still with us.

I'm a sucker for romantic comedies, and -- while not as comedic as most of the genre -- I think Continental Divide definitely qualifies. It's a great "opposites attract" film, and it works for me. The fact that each of the central characters has a vocational passion makes them all the more attracted to each other, despite their callings being separated by a lot of geography, and a lot of psychological differences. I love the scenery, I love Blair Brown, and I love the energy of Belushi's character. We can't bring him back, but I'm thankful we have J.B.'s films to watch forever.

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