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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
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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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.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

First cinema movie to be made by his Steven Spielberg's production company Amblin Entertainment with Spielberg being an executive producer on the film. See more »

Goofs

When the apartment blows up the headline on Souchak's column is "Room Wanted - Quiet Tenant," while later, when Nell is looking through Ernie's Rolodex of saved columns the headline is "Apartment Wanted - Quiet Tenant." See more »

Quotes

Ernie Souchak: What do you mean, almost killed?
Deke Lewis: Well, you know when you stop breathing and walking , seeing things? That kind of almost killed.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Best of the Blues Brothers (1994) 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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John Belushi's Best Work
6 September 2000 | by Roger56-2See all my reviews

I think this is Belushi's best work. Although he stays in a kind of character you might find on Saturday Night Live (when it was still funny) he develops the character in a way that Nell and you fall in love with him. BE WARNED, however I first saw this film after Belushi's death and found his character's frequent references to death disturbing. Michael Apted does well in the director's chair. Be sure to see some of his other work i.e. Coal Miner's Daughter, Gorky Park, and The World Is Not Enough.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Continental Divide See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,218,347, 20 September 1981

Gross USA:

$15,578,237

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,578,237
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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