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Here's to our friends... and the strength to put up with them.
Three middle-aged wealthy couples take vacations together in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Along the way we are treated to mid-life... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Alan Alda ... Jack Burroughs

Carol Burnett ... Kate Burroughs

Len Cariou ... Nick Callan

Sandy Dennis ... Anne Callan

Rita Moreno ... Claudia Zimmer

Jack Weston ... Danny Zimmer

Bess Armstrong ... Ginny Newley (Callan)
Elizabeth Alda ... Beth Burroughs
Beatrice Alda ... Lisa Callan
Robert Hitt ... Room Clerk
Kristi McCarthy ... Waitress
David Stackpole ... Doctor

Directed by
Alan Alda 
Writing credits
Alan Alda (written by)

Produced by
Martin Bregman .... producer
Michael Economou .... associate producer
Louis A. Stroller .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Victor J. Kemper 
Film Editing by
Michael Economou 
Production Design by
Jack T. Collis  (as Jack Collis)
Set Decoration by
Jerry Wunderlich 
Costume Design by
Jane Greenwood 
Makeup Department
Lynn Donahue .... makeup artist
Judi Goodman .... hair stylist (as Judy Goodman)
Terry Miles .... makeup artist
Production Management
Mel Matz .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yudi Bennett .... first assistant director
Joan Van Horn .... second assistant director (as Joan Feinstein)
Art Department
Matty Azzarone .... set dresser
Sound Department
Peter Berkos .... sound effects editor
Barney Cabral .... adr editor
Gary Cunningham .... sound
Robert L. Hoyt .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Jackson .... boom operator
George E. Marshall Jr. .... boom operator
Billy Mauch .... dialogue editor (as William J. Mauch)
Sol Tabachnick .... sound: New York
Special Effects by
Candy Flanagin .... special effects
Terry Saunders .... special effects
George Fisher .... stunt coordinator
George Fisher .... stunts
Loren Janes .... stunts
Fred Lerner .... stunts
Alex Stevens .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Arlene Alda .... photographer: vegetables
Lou Barlia .... camera operator
Holly Bower .... still photographer
Bobby Brown .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Jack Brown .... assistant camera
Alan R. Disler .... first assistant camera
Jim Purcell .... electrician
Robert C. Thomas .... camera operator (as Bob Thomas)
Other crew
Shari Leibowitz .... production coordinator

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107 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Australia:M | Finland:S | Iceland:L | Norway:12 | Singapore:PG13 | Singapore:M18 (DVD rating) | Sweden:11 | UK:12 | UK:15 (original video rating) | UK:AA (theatrical rating) | USA:PG

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The scene where Alan Alda calls Carol Burnett "perfect" was not in the original script. Burnett asked for the scene to be added.See more »
Continuity: After Jack's outburst, Kate is holding him on the couch. As the shots shift from them to other characters and back, Kate is sometimes stretching the neckline of Jack's sweater and sometimes not.See more »
Danny:Why do you always have to do that? Why couldn't you have just kept quiet?
Claudia Zimmer:Danny, I say what I feel. I'm Italian!
Danny:[outraged] I know you're Italian! I know you're Italian!
[opens the window and shouts]
Danny:This woman is Italian!
[faces away from window]
Danny:You no longer have to announce your ethnic origin in this state. Everyone in Connecticut knows that you're Italian!
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22 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
"We're All Adults", 4 April 1999
Author: Michael Coy ( from London, England

Three middle-class jewish American couples spend their vacations together. As the seasons turn, we see them weekending in an Appalachian log cabin (spring), yachting in the Caribbean (summer), visiting their daughters' college in Connecticut (fall) and skiing upstate (winter). All six characters (seven eventually) are close and affectionate friends, but tensions exist within the group and each individual's quirks are exposed in the close confinement of communal living.

Alan Alda wrote, directed and starred in this gentle comedy of manners. The humour is mild and restrained, and the emphasis is on the ensemble. Character drives the action. We soon find ourselves engrossed in the complexities of these relationships and emotionally involved with the personalities. The film is plain and low-key, and infinitely the better for it.

Jack and Kate (Alda and Carol Burnett respectively) are the dominant couple in the group. Jack is a lawyer and feels compelled to analyse everyone's motivations in public. Kate organises the seasonal get-togethers. The two have a loving and secure marriage, but even they generate friction at times.

Danny and Claudia (Jack Weston and Rita Moreno) are the classic jewish dentist and his wife. Danny is a difficult, neurotic man and Claudia is an uncomplicated, cheerful Italian American. Many of the difficulties arise because of Danny's compulsive totting-up of bills.

Nick is married to Anne (Len Cariou and Sandy Dennis), Anne being a flaky lady with a vague hobby involving 'artistic' vegetable photography. During the course of the year spanned by the story, Nick leaves Anne and takes up with Ginny (Bess Armstrong), the beautiful young blonde whom everybody tries to dislike but can't.

The acting is universally excellent, with each character well-defined and fitting neatly into an overarching scheme. The group works extremely well as a unit, and Alda judiciously allows patches of overtalking, giving the gatherings a sense of effusive, natural fun, and getting away from the 'let's analyse six characters' approach which might have prevailed. The film is constructed with craftsmanlike precision and has a subtle but professional polish.

Alda's screenplay and direction are first class. A meaningful look passes between Jack and Nick as the latter cuddles the wife he is about to divorce, and talks of summer vacation plans. Claudia walks away from the group, crestfallen to realise that there is no romance in her life, and her husband's comforting hand fails to reach her. Kate makes the perceptive observation that men give their wives flowers when THEY are feeling affectionate, not when the wives need a boost.

"The Four Seasons" is an intelligent film about friendship which resists the temptation to have violent, dramatic things happen. It is sure enough of its subject to allow the friends to speak and behave naturally, and to let the (totally absorbing) entertainment arise out of the dynamics of the personal relationships. This film is a pleasure to watch.

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