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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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A romantic comedy for all seasons. See more »

Genres:

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

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

Betty: [collecting her boss's work] Is this all you have?
Charles: That's a profound question!
Betty: What?
Charles: That's all I have.
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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

Get It While You Can
Written by Jerry Ragovoy (as Ragovoy) and Mort Shuman (as Schuman)
Performed by Janis Joplin
Courtesy of CBS Records
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the highs and lows are REAL
8 November 2001 | by raymond_chandlerSee all my reviews

I have always loved this film, ever since I first saw it in its re-release as "CSOW" in 1982. I have never seen the "Head Over Heels" version, thankfully. What really hit me then was the parallel to an obsessive love affair I had just experienced. I was dumped by a woman I met at work, and it was several months before I got over it. I had an unfulfilling, drab office job, and an unemployed roommate sharing a house with me.

As a film, what makes this so special is its lack of pretense. The characters are as flawed as they are lovable. The relationship between Charles and his mother is as unsettling as it is comical. Even though Charles is a self-obsessed jerk, his simple devotion to the one wonderful, transcendent thing in his life - the love he and Laura shared - is endearing. He is not so much a stalker as someone who simply cannot bear the thought of returning to the uneventful, empty life he knew before Laura.


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