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Continental Divide (1981)

A hard-nosed Chicago journalist has an unlikely love affair with an eagle researcher.

Director:

Michael Apted

Writer:

Lawrence Kasdan

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Belushi ... Ernie Souchak
Blair Brown ... Nell Porter
Allen Garfield ... Howard McDermott (as Allen Goorwitz)
Carlin Glynn ... Sylvia
Tony Ganios ... Max Bernbaum
Val Avery ... Yablonowitz
Liam Russell Liam Russell ... Deke Lewis
Everett Smith Everett Smith ... Fiddle
Bill Henderson ... Train Conductor
Bruce Jarchow ... Hellinger
Eddie Schwartz Eddie Schwartz ... Jimmy
Harold Holmes Harold Holmes ... Mr. Feeney
Elizabeth Young Elizabeth Young ... Mrs. Feeney
Ron Dean ... Plesko
Frankie Hill Frankie Hill ... Agatha
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Storyline

Ernie Souchak (John Belushi), a tough Chicago reporter, gets a little too close to the Mob, and is assaulted by two crooked police officers sent by a crooked councilman, and ends up in the hospital. To take the heat off of him, his editor sends him to Colorado to investigate an eagle researcher ('Blair Brown'). Sparring partners at first, the pair eventually fall in love, but Souchak must return to Chicago when one of his sources is mysteriously killed. Written by Ray Hamel <hamel@primate.wisc.edu>

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When they met they heard bells. And that was just round one.

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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Americka romansa See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,218,347, 20 September 1981, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,578,237
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Second of two collaborations of actor John Belushi and Steven Spielberg who had previously collaborated on 1941 (1979) which Spielberg had directed. On Continental Divide (1981), Spielberg was an executive producer. See more »

Goofs

When Souchak runs outside of the hotel to get a cab to Union Station, you can clearly see the lighting electrical cables running along the curb. See more »

Quotes

Ernie Souchak: I've never seen such big balls - and I'm from Chicago.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, after some mountain shots, there's a sequence of a selection of some of the black-and-white photos of Ernie and/or Nell that Souchak had on his desk. See more »

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Referenced in Wired (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme from Continental Divide (Never Say Goodbye)
Music by Michael Small
Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager
Performed by Helen Reddy
Available on MCA Records
Record Produced by Joel Diamond
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One of the most underrated movies of the 80s
7 June 2013 | by erose001See all my reviews

I loved this movie when it first came out, and after catching it again recently, I was reminded of why I liked it so much. John Belushi is so good and so funny, it reminds me again of how sad it was to lose this comedy gem. And it's always great to see Blair Brown, one of our best actresses ever. Seeing her in her prime again is delightful. I was also impressed at how well it holds up over time. It's a shame it was critically panned and did poorly at the BO when it came out, b/c in a decade full of strange movies, this is a standout, and now, IMHO, a classic. And the best part? Being reminded that the Bald Eagle population in the early 80s was only 2,000 in North America, and now it's in the six figures. The mountain lion scene is a little far-fetched, but, goodness, that is a gorgeous cat.


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