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A Wedding (1978)

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The daughter of a Louisville truck driver marries the scion of a very wealthy family, but reception at the family estate is boycotted by the invited guests.

Director:

Robert Altman

Writers:

John Considine (screenplay), Patricia Resnick (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carol Burnett ... Tulip Brenner
Paul Dooley ... Snooks Brenner
Amy Stryker ... Muffin Brenner
Mia Farrow ... Buffy Brenner
Dennis Christopher ... Hughie Brenner
Gerald Busby Gerald Busby ... Rev. David Ruteledge
Peggy Ann Garner ... Candice Ruteledge
Mark R. Deming Mark R. Deming ... Matthew Ruteledge
Mary Seibel Mary Seibel ... Aunt Marge Spar
Margaret Ladd ... Ruby Spar
Lesley Rogers Lesley Rogers ... Rosie Bean
Tim Thomerson ... Russell Bean (as Timothy Thomerson)
Marta Heflin ... Shelby Munker
David Brand David Brand ... Ruteledge Child
Christian Brand Christian Brand ... Ruteledge Child (as Chris Brand)
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Storyline

Muffin's wedding to Dino Corelli is to be a big affair. Except the aging priest isn't too sure of the ceremony, only the families actually turn up as the Corelli Italian connection is suspect, security guards watch the gifts rather over-zealously, and Dino's grandma expires in bed just as the reception starts. Could be quite an occasion. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

27 September 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un día de boda See more »

Filming Locations:

Waukegan, Illinois, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby (as Dolby Stereo)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Robert Altman admits that the whole production of the film came as a joke. A reporter had kept asking him during the middle of shooting 3 Women (1977) what he planned to do next and Altman jokingly replied that he was going to film someone's wedding seeing as that was becoming a more common thing to do at the time. Altman said: "I'm going to make a movie about a great big fancy wedding!" As Altman reflected on it, he decided it was actually quite a good idea, as he had never been to a wedding where something didn't go wrong. Altman's off-hand idea manifested itself in a drinking session with his 3 Women (1977) crew that evening after the meeting with the journalist. Within a couple of weeks, Altman had commissioned screenwriter John Considine to start developing a story and a guest list. See more »

Goofs

When Tracy arrives at the reception she apologizes to Toni for "missing the wedding." It was stated earlier that only family members were invited to the actual ceremony. As Dino's ex-girlfriend, Tracy wouldn't have been expected to attend. See more »

Quotes

Tante Marge Sparr: Again. You know I've been married four times, and never thought I was gonna do it again. At least I didn't think so.
Jim Habor: Well I've never been married.
Tante Marge Sparr: Never?
Jim Habor: Never. Not unless you can call being married to a lawn mower a marriage.
Tante Marge Sparr: There's uh, there's nothing wrong with you is there?
Jim Habor: No. There's nothing wrong with me.
Tante Marge Sparr: Well have you ever given some real thought maybe to a, a trip to New Jersey, huh?
Jim Habor: You have some hedges that need trimming my dear?
Tante Marge Sparr: I got a whole lawn that needs trimming.
Jim Habor: That sounds ...
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Alternate Versions

The credits in the German version have a completely different order compared to the original release. See more »

Connections

References Frogs (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Again
(1948) (uncredited)
Music by Lionel Newman
Lyrics by Dorcas Cochran
Played on piano and Sung by Tony Llorens
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WEDDING captures the aesthetics of Californian wealth in the '70's
17 June 2003 | by clintonspilsburySee all my reviews

As I recently watched A WEDDING for the first time on late night Japanese television, I admit that I didn't get into it right away. But from about a half hour deep and on I was hypnotized. The best thing about any Altman film is not the immediate story it appears to be conveying but rather the heavily detail-oriented world in which the story plays out. The world here, similar in period detail to an earlier great '70's film by Michael Ritchie called SMILE, is that of sprawling middle class wealth and comfort. Many of the characters' motivations stem from this overwealth and drive them towards insatiable sexual appetites. I am particularly struck by a scene that takes place on a California freeway. There's less traffic here in a midday scene than there would be these days on any given night at 3 AM. Just as I felt as though I was completely tuned into this world, Pam Dawber rides into the center of the film on a horse while a man on a motorcycle almost causes her to fall and I cannot for the life of me explain how or why the symbolism here struck me as hard as it did. This was an amazing visual film. I suppose in the far flung future when vitual reality technologies are a reality, programmers seeking to recreate this era will use this film for reference as they would be well served in so doing.


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