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Continental Divide (1981)

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A hard-nosed Chicago journalist has an unlikely love affair with an eagle researcher.

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Ernie Souchak
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Nell Porter
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Howard McDermott (as Allen Goorwitz)
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Sylvia
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Max Bernbaum
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Yablonowitz
Liam Russell ...
Deke Lewis
Everett Smith ...
Fiddle
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Train Conductor
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Hellinger
Eddie Schwartz ...
Jimmy
Harold Holmes ...
Mr. Feeney
Elizabeth Young ...
Mrs. Feeney
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Plesko
Frankie Hill ...
Agatha
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Storyline

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 <hamel@primate.wisc.edu>

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

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Comedy | Romance

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18 September 1981 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The film's title is a geographical term for a drainage divide on a continent. Also known as a divide or water divide, it is a topographical line that divides adjacent drainage catchment basins. In the Colorado mountains where this film is set, it is a dividing range which lies along high ridges and peaks. The specific divide seen in this movie is 'The Continental Divide of the Americas' which is also known as 'The Continental Gulf of Division' or 'The Great Divide'. This divide is the most distinguished one in the USA as is tracks a line of high peaks along the chief Rocky Mountains ranges at a much higher altitude than other of the American divides See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Ernie Souchak: I've never seen such big balls - and I'm from Chicago.
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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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Cute love story about a city guy who falls in love with a woodsy type of woman! It will make you laugh and it has its touching moments! This is a feel good type of chick movie.
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This is of one the last works of John Belushi (Saturday Night Live, Blues Brothers) who had just started doing different projects such as the leading role in this movie. I watched this movie when it came out, and liked it. My husband was in graduate school doing graduate work in Ichthyology (studying fishes) and I was then a city Attorney trying to fit in with those weird people I though at the time: my husband was the only preppie guy, no one else were even half reasonably fashionable and some of his female classmates did not shave their legs nor their arm pits! One of his professors and some of the graduate students wore sandals all the time, and the Chair of the Graduate program wore a hat with a feather to an important meeting. That is what came to mind when I went to see this movie. I purchased the tape and have seen it many times! It is a fun story.

The script was written by Laurence Kasdam (The Accidental Tourist, Grand Canyon) Oscar nominee and Golden Globe Winner for The Big Chill. Steven Spielberg is an executive producer. This movie has all the ingredients for success but it did not receive the deserved attention.

Neel Porter, Blair Brown (Paper Chase, The Days and Night of Molly Dodd) is beautiful, feminine, eloquent, nicely dressed Ornithologist (studying birds) living in this primitive, quaint, yet charming mountain cabin in Colorado (a gorgeous State). Souchak is assigned to write about her. The city guy has trouble carrying his camping gear, and keeps falling backwards (funny scenes!) and the Ph.D. woman is just amazingly adjusted to the wilderness. Then they fight a lot. Then they fall in love. The plot is full of common places, but there plenty of room for laughter as those completely different people try to fit together.

My favorite scenes are: the going back and forth on the train, the relationship between Neel and the ex-football player, the bear in the cabin, and most of all Neel carrying Souchak down the slopes by herself. Eighteen years after I am now comfortable in the wilderness, and rather deal with animals than people; and my husband works in the city, two happy endings, but between Neel and Souchak there a continental divide.


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