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A Change of Seasons (1980)

Marriage takes a sour turn when a middle-aged husband falls for a young and sexy woman. Things get even more complicated when his wife starts a hot affair with a young lover of her own.


Richard Lang, Noel Black (uncredited)


Erich Segal (story), Martin Ransohoff (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley MacLaine ... Karyn Evans
Anthony Hopkins ... Adam Evans
Bo Derek ... Lindsey Rutledge
Michael Brandon ... Pete Lachapelle
Mary Beth Hurt ... Kasey Evans
Edward Winter ... Steven Rutledge
Paul Regina ... Paul Di Lisi
K Callan ... Alice Bingham
Rod Colbin Rod Colbin ... Sam Bingham
Steve Eastin ... Lance
Christopher Coffey ... Fritz
Albert Carrière Albert Carrière ... Maitre'd
Billy Beck ... Older Man
Blake Harris Blake Harris ... Young Girl #1
Karen Philipp ... Young Girl #2


A self-centered university lecturer thinks it's quite all right that he has taken one of his students as a lover, but is deeply hurt when his wife retaliates by taking a similar approach with a visiting carpenter. His announcement that he is off to the family holiday home for some skiing with his paramour is met by his wife insisting she and her young joiner go too, and the four set off for an awkward time in the snow. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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She may be 20 and gorgeous, but anything she can do I can do better See more »


Comedy | Drama


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According to the February 7, 1980 edition of the "Los Angeles Herald Examiner", the husband and manager of Bo Derek, John Derek, said that he had not been involved with any on-set conflict during principal photography, and that he had been invited by Producer Martin Ransohoff to photograph stills during the shoot, and this had been the limit of his attachment to the production. See more »


On most of the interior shots, and all of the closeups, the daughter's huge eyeglasses are merely frames with no lenses in them. See more »


Pete Lachapelle: We enter this world and leave this world alone. Everything else is a gift.
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Featured in Vintage Video: A Change of Seasons (2020) See more »


Where Do You Catch The Bus For Tomorrow?
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Music by Henry Mancini
Performed by Kenny Rankin
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Just dreadful...but what can you expect from a Bo Derek movie?
11 December 2006 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

A middle-aged husband (Anthony Hopkins) falls for a beautiful young woman (Bo Derek). His wife (Shirley MacLaine) starts her own affair in retaliation.

I caught this in a theatre in Massachusetts in 1980. It was filmed on location around there and I was curious to see how the state looked on the big screen. There was a bit of controversy while the film was being shot here--Hopkins HATED working with Derek because she refused to rehearse. He threatened to quit more than once. After seeing the film I wish he had quit! The script is by the numbers and not even remotely funny (this was supposed to be a romantic comedy). MacLaine and Hopkins do their best with the material but not even their considerable acting talents can save this. Every single event was predictable and boring. Also Derek's complete lack of acting talent is almost painful to watch. I don't care how beautiful she is--the woman just can't act! Hopkins hatred for her comes through loud and clear.

This did nothing for the stars careers. Derek already had "10" out and Hopkins had "The Elephant Man" but MacLaine did this and another dreadful "comedy" called "Loving Couples" at the same time. She did point out in her book that they were both awful and almost ruined her career. Good thing she did "Terms of Endearment" a few years later.

I had blocked this movie out completely but I saw a bit of it on TV recently and all the bad memories came rolling back. Also if you're just watching this to see Derek nude it happens during the opening credits and that's about it. A really bad film--1 all the way.

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1 December 1980 (USA) See more »

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