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Continental Divide -- Ernie Souchak (John Belushi), a tough Chicago reporter, gets a little too close to the Mob, and his apartment is blown up. 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 Ernie Souchak must return to Chicago when one of his sources is mysteriously killed.


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Release Date:
18 September 1981 (USA) See more »
When they met they heard bells. And that was just round one.
A hard-nosed Chicago journalist has an unlikely love affair with an eagle researcher. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. See more »
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One of the most underrated movies of the 80s See more (23 total) »


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John Belushi ... Ernie Souchak

Blair Brown ... Nell Porter

Allen Garfield ... Howard McDermott (as Allen Goorwitz)

Carlin Glynn ... Sylvia
Tony Ganios ... Max Bernbaum

Val Avery ... Yablonowitz
Liam Russell ... Deke Lewis
Everett Smith ... Fiddle
Bill Henderson ... Train Conductor

Bruce Jarchow ... Hellinger
Eddie Schwartz ... Jimmy
Harold Holmes ... Mr. Feeney
Elizabeth Young ... Mrs. Feeney

Ron Dean ... Plesko
Frankie Hill ... Agatha

Mike Bacarella ... Delaney (as Michael Bacarella)
Marji Bank ... Mrs. Yablonowitz

Christopher Lowell ... Poacher
Frank Noel ... Poacher (as Frank Noel Jr.)
Zaid Farid ... Mugger
Rai Rogers ... Mugger
Jack Decker ... Police Thug
Ben Rawnsley ... Police Thug
Dave Adams ... Alderman
Dallas Alinder ... Alderman
Ronald W. McLeish ... Station Master (as Ron McLeish)
Chuck Bailey ... Station Master
Yana Nirvana ... Blonde

Joe Wright ... Newsboy

Tim Kazurinsky ... Reporter
Robert Biggs ... Reporter
Frank Heinrich ... Cab Driver
Paul Mathews ... Moderator
John Larson ... Henchman
Norm Tobin ... Layout Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brent Dunsford ... Parent (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Apted 
Writing credits
Lawrence Kasdan (written by)

Produced by
Zelda Barron .... associate producer
Bernie Brillstein .... executive producer
Bob Larson .... producer (as Bob Larson)
Jack Rosenthal .... associate producer
Steven Spielberg .... executive producer
Original Music by
Michael Small 
Cinematography by
John Bailey 
Film Editing by
Dennis Virkler 
Casting by
Michael Chinich 
Jo Doster 
Production Design by
Peter Jamison 
Art Direction by
Hub Braden 
Russell J. Smith 
Set Decoration by
Linda Spheeris 
Costume Design by
Moss Mabry 
Makeup Department
Christine Lee .... hair stylist (as Chris Lee)
Daniel C. Striepeke .... makeup artist (as Dan Striepeke)
Production Management
Bill Badalato .... unit production manager
Malcolm R. Harding .... unit production manager (as Mack Harding)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andy Anderson .... second assistant director
Patrick Cosgrove .... dga trainee
Marty P. Ewing .... second assistant director (as Marty Ewing)
Katterli Frauenfelder .... second assistant director
Kim Kurumada .... assistant director
Art Department
Pat Buffalino .... swing gang
Steve Dakes .... construction coordinator
Ron Hall .... assistant property master
Kirk D. Hansen .... painter (as Kirk Hansen)
Richard Johnson .... construction foreman
Mark Konkel .... construction foreman
Bob Magee .... construction supervisor (as Bob Megee)
Ric McElvin .... swing gang (as Rick McElvin)
Frank Mitchell .... greensman
Jerry Moss .... property master
Joseph C. Nemec III .... set designer (as Joe Nemec)
Curtis A. Schnell .... set designer
Doug Vlaming .... construction foreman
Steve Whiteside .... swing gang
Paul Zelenka .... construction foreman
Robert Misetich .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Robert Bradshaw .... sound effects editor
Robert L. Harman .... sound re-recordist
Gil Hudson .... dialogue loop editor
William B. Kaplan .... sound (as Bill Kaplan)
William L. McCaughey .... sound re-recordist
John Stacy .... sound editor
Jules Strasser .... boom operator
Michael D. Wilhoit .... sound editor
Howard S. Wollman .... sound re-recordist (as Howard Wollman)
Craig Woods .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Karl G. Miller .... special effects (as Karl Miller)
Jonathan Pendragon .... stunt coordinator (as Jonathan Yarbrough)
Camera and Electrical Department
Rick Anderson .... director of photography: second unit
Mike Benson .... camera operator (as Michael Benson)
Michael W. Blymyer .... electrician (as Michael Blymyer)
Pat Campea Jr. .... second grip
Pat Campea Sr. .... grip
Joe Collins .... key grip
Burt Francher .... grip
Larry Gianneschi III .... camera operator: second unit
Frank James .... electrician
Harry Jukes .... generator operator
Joe Laune .... best boy
Ronald W. McLeish .... gaffer (as Ron McLeish)
John Morris .... grip
John C. Moulds .... first assistant camera
David F. Oyster .... cinematographer: eagle photography
Jeffrey W. Petersen .... electrician (as Jeff Peterson)
Dennis Rotta .... dolly grip
Peter Sorel .... still photographer
Joseph F. Valentine .... photographer: second unit (as Joe Valentine)
Richard Walden .... first assistant camera
Susan Walsh .... assistant camera
Bob West .... grip (as Robert West)
Steve Yaconelli .... director of photography: second unit
Casting Department
Lisa Gottlieb .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Chase .... costume supervisor (as Bob Chase)
Dallas D. Dornan .... costumer (as Dallas Dornan)
Marla Denise Schlom .... costume supervisor (as Marla Schlom)
Editorial Department
Lisa Day .... assistant film editor
Peck Prior .... apprentice film editor
Music Department
George Brand .... music editor
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
Edie Lehmann .... featured soloist
Michael Small .... conductor
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (as Danny Wallin)
Transportation Department
Tom Battaglia .... transportation captain
James Riccio .... transportation captain
Doug Wilson .... transportation supervisor (as Bob Wilson)
Other crew
Arthur Anderson .... production assistant
Candy Artmont .... script supervisor (as Candy Marcellino)
Billy Badalato .... production assistant
Fred Baron .... production assistant
Dave Boehlke .... eagle trainer
Nick Chiarolanzio .... location auditor
Allen Cohen .... production assistant
Mark Dumas .... animal trainer (as Mark Wiener)
Mitchell El Mahdy .... paramedic
Nancy Estrada .... production associate
Andy Goodman .... production assistant
Alan Grabelsky .... assistant to producer
Dow Griffith .... location manager
Dow Griffith .... production assistant
Vic Heutschy .... publicist
Tony Kerum .... caterer
Nancy Kupidloski .... production assistant
Max Manlove .... production secretary
Ron Oxley .... animal trainer
Ann Pollack .... production associate
Willie Radcliff .... craft service
William Voelker .... eagle trainer (as Bill Voelker)
William Voelker .... eagle trainer
Duncan Ferguson .... special thanks
Andy Goodman .... dedicatee
Dan Kolsrud .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
103 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:L | Norway:12 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (1986) | USA:PG | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

The name of Nell Porter (Blair Brown's favorite eagle was Bruno. The number of bald-headed eagles (aka bald eagles; Haliaeetus leucocephalus) in the USA which the film's story said remained was two thousand. At the time that this film was made and released, the species in the USA was threatened and endangered, but since this time, populations of the species have increased and are no longer at dangerously low levels.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When Souchak runs outside of the hotel to get a cab to Union Station, you can clearly see the lighting electrical cables running along the curb.See more »
Ernie Souchak:I've never seen such big balls - and I'm from Chicago.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Indiana Jones: Making the Trilogy (2003) (V)See more »
Theme from Continental Divide (Never Say Goodbye)See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
One of the most underrated movies of the 80s, 7 June 2013
Author: Elizabeth Rose from North Dakota, USA

I loved this movie when it first came out, and after catching it again recently, I was reminded of why I liked it so much. John Belushi is so good and so funny, it reminds me again of how sad it was to lose this comedy gem. And it's always great to see Blair Brown, one of our best actresses ever. Seeing her in her prime again is delightful. I was also impressed at how well it holds up over time. It's a shame it was critically panned and did poorly at the BO when it came out, b/c in a decade full of strange movies, this is a standout, and now, IMHO, a classic. And the best part? Being reminded that the Bald Eagle population in the early 80s was only 2,000 in North America, and now it's in the six figures. The mountain lion scene is a little far-fetched, but, goodness, that is a gorgeous cat.

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