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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.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

The train west stops in "Rock Falls, Illinois." Rock Falls does not have Amtrak service. The depot is actually in Lincoln, Illinois. 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 »


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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in all fairness, Belushi got to have one serious role
24 January 2007 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

John Belushi - who would have turned 58 today - is remembered as Bluto Blutarsky ("Animal House"), Wild Bill Kelso ("1941"), Jake Blues ("The Blues Brothers"), and various "SNL" characters; all totally wacky. In "Continental Divide", he got what was probably his one serious role. Although most people pooh-poohed it, I didn't find it that bad. As a Chicago reporter developing a relationship with an eagle researcher (Blair Brown) in the Rocky Mountains, Belushi got the chance to say that he had one serious role before his untimely death. If that is the movie's only real strength, then so be it. It may be worth seeing just for that.

And if I may add one thing: people need to give "1941" another chance.


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