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

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Ernie Souchak
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Nell Porter
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Howard McDermott (as Allen Goorwitz)
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Sylvia
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Max Bernbaum
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Yablonowitz
Liam Russell ...
Deke Lewis
Everett Smith ...
Fiddle
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Train Conductor
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Hellinger
Eddie Schwartz ...
Jimmy
Harold Holmes ...
Mr. Feeney
Elizabeth Young ...
Mrs. Feeney
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Plesko
Frankie Hill ...
Agatha
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Delaney (as Michael Bacarella)
Marji Bank ...
Mrs. Yablonowitz
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Poacher
Frank Noel ...
Poacher (as Frank Noel Jr.)
Zaid Farid ...
Mugger
Rai Rogers ...
Mugger
Jack Decker ...
Police Thug
Ben Rawnsley ...
Police Thug
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Alderman
Dallas Alinder ...
Alderman
Ronald W. McLeish ...
Station Master (as Ron McLeish)
Chuck Bailey ...
Station Master
Yana Nirvana ...
Blonde
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Newsboy
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Reporter
Robert Biggs ...
Reporter
Frank Heinrich ...
Cab Driver
Paul Mathews ...
Moderator
John Larson ...
Henchman
Norm Tobin ...
Layout Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brent Dunsford ...
Parent (uncredited)

Directed by

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Michael Apted

Written by

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Lawrence Kasdan ... (written by)

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Zelda Barron ... associate producer
Bernie Brillstein ... executive producer
Bob Larson ... producer (as Bob Larson)
Jack Rosenthal ... associate producer
Steven Spielberg ... executive producer

Music by

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Michael Small

Cinematography by

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John Bailey

Film Editing by

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Dennis Virkler

Editorial Department

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Lisa Day ... assistant film editor
Peck Prior ... apprentice film editor

Casting By

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Michael Chinich
Jo Doster

Production Design by

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Peter Jamison

Art Direction by

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Hub Braden
Russell J. Smith

Set Decoration by

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Linda Spheeris

Costume Design by

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Moss Mabry

Makeup Department

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Christine Lee ... hair stylist (as Chris Lee)
Daniel C. Striepeke ... makeup artist (as Dan Striepeke)

Production Management

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Bill Badalato ... unit production manager
Malcolm R. Harding ... unit production manager (as Mack Harding)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Andy Anderson ... second assistant director
Patrick Cosgrove ... dga trainee
Marty P. Ewing ... second assistant director (as Marty Ewing)
Katterli Frauenfelder ... second assistant director
Kim Kurumada ... assistant director

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Pat Buffalino ... swing gang
Steve Dakes ... construction coordinator
Ron Hall ... assistant property master
Kirk D. Hansen ... painter (as Kirk Hansen)
Richard Johnson ... construction foreman
Mark Konkel ... construction foreman
Bob Magee ... construction supervisor (as Bob Megee)
Ric McElvin ... swing gang (as Rick McElvin)
Frank Mitchell ... greensman
Jerry Moss ... property master
Joseph C. Nemec III ... set designer (as Joe Nemec)
Curtis A. Schnell ... set designer
Doug Vlaming ... construction foreman
Steve Whiteside ... swing gang
Paul Zelenka ... construction foreman
Robert Misetich ... painter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Robert Bradshaw ... sound effects editor
Robert L. Harman ... sound re-recordist
Gil Hudson ... dialogue loop editor
William B. Kaplan ... sound (as Bill Kaplan)
William L. McCaughey ... sound re-recordist
John Stacy ... sound editor
Jules Strasser ... boom operator
Michael D. Wilhoit ... sound editor
Howard S. Wollman ... sound re-recordist (as Howard Wollman)
Craig Woods ... sound recordist

Special Effects by

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Karl G. Miller ... special effects (as Karl Miller)

Stunts

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Jonathan Pendragon ... stunt coordinator (as Jonathan Yarbrough)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Rick Anderson ... director of photography: second unit
Mike Benson ... camera operator (as Michael Benson)
Michael W. Blymyer ... electrician (as Michael Blymyer)
Pat Campea Jr. ... second grip
Pat Campea Sr. ... grip
Joe Collins ... key grip
Burt Francher ... grip
Larry Gianneschi III ... camera operator: second unit
Frank James ... electrician
Harry Jukes ... generator operator
Joe Laune ... best boy
Ronald W. McLeish ... gaffer (as Ron McLeish)
John Morris ... grip
John C. Moulds ... first assistant camera
David F. Oyster ... cinematographer: eagle photography
Jeffrey W. Petersen ... electrician (as Jeff Peterson)
Dennis Rotta ... dolly grip
Peter Sorel ... still photographer
Joseph F. Valentine ... photographer: second unit (as Joe Valentine)
Richard Walden ... first assistant camera
Susan Walsh ... assistant camera
Bob West ... grip (as Robert West)
Steve Yaconelli ... director of photography: second unit

Casting Department

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Lisa Gottlieb ... casting assistant
Renee Prudhomme ... casting coordinator

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Robert Chase ... costume supervisor (as Bob Chase)
Dallas D. Dornan ... costumer (as Dallas Dornan)
Marla Denise Schlom ... costume supervisor (as Marla Schlom)

Location Management

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Nick Chiarolanzio ... location auditor
Dow Griffith ... location manager

Music Department

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George Brand ... music editor
Jack Hayes ... orchestrator
Edie Lehmann Boddicker ... featured soloist (as Edie Lehmann)
Michael Small ... conductor
Dan Wallin ... score mixer (as Danny Wallin)

Transportation Department

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Tom Battaglia ... transportation captain
James Riccio ... transportation captain
Doug Wilson ... transportation supervisor (as Bob Wilson)

Other crew

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Arthur Anderson ... production assistant
Candy Artmont ... script supervisor (as Candy Marcellino)
Billy Badalato ... production assistant
Fred Baron ... production assistant
Dave Boehlke ... eagle trainer
Allen Cohen ... production assistant
Mark Dumas ... animal trainer (as Mark Wiener)
Mitchell El Mahdy ... paramedic
Nancy Estrada ... production associate
Andy Goodman ... production assistant
Alan Grabelsky ... assistant to producer
Dow Griffith ... production assistant
Vic Heutschy ... publicist
Tony Kerum ... caterer
Nancy Kupidloski ... production assistant
Max Manlove ... production secretary
Ron Oxley ... animal trainer
Ann Pollack ... production associate
Willie Radcliff ... craft service
William Voelker ... eagle trainer (as Bill Voelker) / eagle trainer

Thanks

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Duncan Ferguson ... special thanks
Andy Goodman ... dedicatee
Dan Kolsrud ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines When they met they heard bells. And that was just round one. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Континентальный водораздел (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Chiamami Aquila (Italy)
  • Kalla mig Örnie (Sweden)
  • Nunca Digas Adeus (Portugal)
  • Langt nede, højt oppe (Denmark)
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Runtime
  • 103 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $3,218,347, 20 Sep 1981

Did You Know?

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Trivia John Belushi's character "Ernie Souchak" is loosely based on popular, now deceased Chicago columnist Mike Royko, whose writings on political corruption in the Windy City, first for the Chicago Daily News, briefly for the Chicago Sun-Times and then to the end of his life for the Chicago Tribune, were legendary. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in The Celluloid Closet (1995). See more »
Soundtracks Theme from Continental Divide (Never Say Goodbye) See more »
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 »
Quotes Ernie Souchak: It's so quiet up here, you could hear a mouse get a hard on.
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