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Windy City (1984)

The lives of a group of young Chicago men, as seen through the eyes of one of them, a thirty-something writer suffering from the early onset of midlife crisis brought on by nostalgia, his dying friend and the wedding of his old flame.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Reubens
Jim Borrelli ...
Lewis J. Stadlen ...
Niles McMaster ...
Nathan Davis ...
Mr. Jones
Louie Lanciloti ...
Wilbert Bradley ...
Joe the Janitor
Liza Hella ...
Barziti Sister #1
Elaine Wilkes ...
Barziti Sister #2


Danny and his friends used to be great dreamers as kids. They called themselves The Rogues, always stuck together and had high hopes and big plans for the future. They were inspired by heroic pirates from old movies like Errol Flynn's Captain Blood. They'd watch these films together and dream about becoming bald adventurers themselves one day. A couple of decades later, the Rogues are still together but they are now busy with their adult lives and hardships and it seems like only Danny, a struggling writer, and Sol, his somewhat well-off, happy-go-lucky best friend, still like to goof around. Mickey is now the owner of a busy night club, Pete is a TV reporter for a daily show, Marty is a small businessman, Eddy is a failed stock broker who's facing jail time and Bobby is a fully committed family man. When Danny learns that his old flame and ex-girlfriend Emily, the one that got away, is getting married, he realizes that he still has feelings for her and Sol convinces him to think ...

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21 September 1984 (USA)  »

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All the Sad Young Men  »

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This 1984 film was the first "friends reunion" type movie that got made and released after the critical and commercial success of Lawrence Kasdan's 1983 film The Big Chill (1983) which had come out the previous year. Director Armyan Bernstein ended up directing his second and final cinema movie [to date, February 2016] Cross My Heart (1987) with Kasdan being the producer. See more »


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Music and Lyrics by Jack Nitzsche and Buffy Sainte-Marie
Sung by Edie Lehmann Boddicker (as Edie Lehmann)
Produced by Jay Gruska
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My sweet home
8 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love this movie! This is a great movie especially if you are from Chicago. I saw this when I was away at college in la, missing my sweet home Chicago very much, so it really moved me. This movie really made me stop and think about what's really important in life. Great scenes walking alongside the lake. It's a beautiful story about about friendship, love and who you wanted to be along time ago. Life goes along like it should and you do what you need to do to make a living. Your friend from childhood becomes terminally ill and you remember all the dreams you once had. Great lines, great story. This is one of those feel good movies, one that makes you remember what is truly important important in life. I hope you love this movie as much as I did.

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