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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 »

Writers:

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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Storyline

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

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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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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Triple Play Productions See more »
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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: What's your name?
Laura: Laura Connelly
Charles: What a...
Laura: [finishing his sentence] "What a beautiful name."
Charles: No, no. I wasn't gonna say that. I wasn't gonna say "What a beautiful name." I was gonna say "What a coincidence!"
Laura: What?
Charles: That your name is Laura. My name is Charles.
Laura: I don't get it. What's the coincidence?
Charles: There isn't any. Just wanted to tell you my name.
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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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Funny, Powerful Film On Obsession
31 August 2001 | by shark-43See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite films and the lead performance by John Heard is sterling. It is one of the most honest, heartbreaking performances I have ever seen on someone's obsession with another person. Heard plays a state government worker who happens to meet a pretty girl who is on the rebound. They have amazing times together until she decides to move back in with her husband and the young stepdaughter (who she misses). Heard won't let it be over and plans and plots on various ways to get her back. The film is based on Ann Beattie's brilliant novel, CHILLY SCENES OF WINTER (which is the title the movie was released as). I prefer that title to the generic HEAD OVER HEELS. I own a copy of this film and have watched it so many times. Aside from Heard, there is an amazing cast of supporting players: the late, great Ken McMillian, Gloria Grahame (as his crazy mother), Peter Riegert as his deadbeat friend and even Mary Beth Hurt gives a strong performance (I'm not usually a fan of hers). This movie is worth seeking out.


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