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Chilly Scenes of Winter (1979)

Head Over Heels (original title)
Charles is a Salt Lake City civil servant who loves (*LOVES*) Laura, a lovely housewife with a lovely step-daughter and an A-frame-selling, ex-quarterback husband named Ox. His roommate is ... See full summary »

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Ann Beattie (based on the novel "Chilly Scenes of Winter" by), Joan Micklin Silver (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Heard ... Charles
Mary Beth Hurt ... Laura
Peter Riegert ... Sam
Kenneth McMillan ... Pete
Gloria Grahame ... Clara
Nora Heflin Nora Heflin ... Betty
Jerry Hardin ... Mr. Patterson
Tarah Nutter Tarah Nutter ... Susan
Mark Metcalf ... Ox
Allen Joseph ... Blind Man
Frances Bay ... Mrs. Delillo
Griffin Dunne ... Dr. Mark
Alex Johnson Alex Johnson ... Elise
Beverly Rowland Beverly Rowland ... Woman in Park (as Beverly Booth Rowland)
Oscar Rowland ... Man in Store
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Charles is a Salt Lake City civil servant who loves (*LOVES*) Laura, a lovely housewife with a lovely step-daughter and an A-frame-selling, ex-quarterback husband named Ox. His roommate is "an unemployed jacket salesman," his mother is a spacey, laxative overdosing, overly eccentric basket-case, his perpetually happy sister finds love in the dorkiest of guys, his step-father has a jones for Turtle Wax and his boss asks him for advice about his Ivy League son's sexual problems. He listens to Janis Joplin and dreams of getting Laura back once and for all. He does everything in his power to win her back from Ox, and the lengths he goes to provide the structure of the film in this bittersweet romantic comedy...a film that explores what happened to the Woodstock generation when they transcended their idealism (i.e. it was expected that they fall in love and face the music of routine). Charles is perhaps the quintessential saint of this ideology. Written by thustlebird

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Love does strange things to people. And Charles is a little strange to begin with. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1982 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Chilly Scenes of Winter See more »

Filming Locations:

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ann Beattie: the author of the original novel plays a waitress. See more »

Quotes

Charles: [walking into Laura's unfurnished apartment] I thought maybe this might be your minimalist period.
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Alternate Versions

Head over Heels was released in 1979 and flopped as a mainstream release. After it flopped, the producers took the film, reedited it, added a new ending that was faithful to the original novel by Ann Beattie (who appears as a waitress at the beginning of the film), and released the new version as Chilly Scenes of Winter (the same title as the original novel) in 1980 in film houses. See more »

Connections

References Woodstock (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Skylark
Written by Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer
Performed by Bette Midler
Courtesy of Atlantic Records
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Original was sweet and poignant, the re-cut for video a disappointment
9 June 2006 | by rcedisonSee all my reviews

I first saw this film in Berkeley around 1982 or '83, wasn't aware until now that it had been made 3 years earlier. At the time, I had already read and was a fan of Beattie's Chilly Scenes of Winter, upon which this is based, and was confused as to why Silver had retitled it "Head Over Heels", but it's not uncommon, and I thoroughly enjoyed the film, especially as it was true to the book. I then heard that Silver had been unsatisfied with the ending, re-cut it for video, and changed the name back to "Chilly Scenes of Winter". I rented the video to see the changes, and discovered that she had cut the last ten minutes or so of the film, which totally changed it from the way the book ends, and, incidentally, lessens the quality of the film. Thus, it went from a 9 to an 8 for me. As for the previous poster, Mary Beth Hurt was in fact in a relationship with William Hurt, to whom John Heard bears a resemblance; MB and William were married for 10 years.


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