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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:

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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

Company Credits

Production Co:

Triple Play Productions See more »
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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

Laura: Well, I haven't felt "terrific" in a long time.
Charles: If I make you feel terrific, will you marry me?
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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 »

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Skylark
Written by Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer
Performed by Bette Midler
Courtesy of Atlantic Records
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This could have been a cult film if it were marketed correctly
27 May 2007 | by valerieh-1See all my reviews

I, for one, love Head Over Heels more than the newer release of CSOW. I loved the choices the director made with camera angles in telling the story - halting to allow the protagonist to talk directly to the camera. It was a brilliant and witty film, and Heard was so good I actually felt his pain of pining away over a lost love. There was so many memorable characters in addition to Charles' mom: the stepfather; the office worker, Betty; the boss; the roommate; the sister and her fiancé; Laura's ex-husband.

I loved this movie, and I would love to get a copy of the original Head Over Heels version. I liked the original ending much better.

Why this movie didn't win a plethora of awards is beyond me.

Valerie


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