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Continental Divide (1981)

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
Tony Ganios ...
Max Bernbaum
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Yablonowitz
Liam Russell ...
Deke Lewis
Everett Smith ...
Fiddle
Bill Henderson ...
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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Amerikai románc  »

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Trivia

Final film as just a screenwriter for Lawrence Kasdan before he became a director as well with the same year's Body Heat (1981). See more »

Goofs

When the apartment blows up the headline on Souchak's column is "Room Wanted - Quiet Tenant," while later, when Nell is looking through Ernie's Rolodex of saved columns the headline is "Apartment Wanted - Quiet Tenant." See more »

Quotes

Ernie Souchak: What do you mean, almost killed?
Deke Lewis: Well, you know when you stop breathing and walking , seeing things? That kind of almost killed.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Indiana Jones: Making the Trilogy (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

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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