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The Four Seasons (1981)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 22 May 1981 (USA)
Three middle-aged wealthy couples take vacations together in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Along the way we are treated to mid-life, marital, parental and other crises.

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Alan Alda

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Alan Alda
Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alan Alda ... Jack Burroughs
Carol Burnett ... Kate Burroughs
Len Cariou ... Nick Callan
Sandy Dennis ... Anne Callan
Rita Moreno ... Claudia Zimmer
Jack Weston ... Danny Zimmer
Bess Armstrong ... Ginny Newley (Callan)
Elizabeth Alda ... Beth Burroughs
Beatrice Alda Beatrice Alda ... Lisa Callan
Robert Hitt Robert Hitt ... Room Clerk
Kristi McCarthy Kristi McCarthy ... Waitress
David Stackpole David Stackpole ... Doctor
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Three middle-aged wealthy couples take vacations together in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Along the way we are treated to mid-life, marital, parental and other crises. Written by Robert Nolty <nolty_r@caltech.edu>

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Here's to our friends... and the strength to put up with them.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vier Jahreszeiten See more »

Filming Locations:

Vermont, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,365,643, 25 May 1981

Gross USA:

$50,427,646

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,427,646
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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's closing credits state: "The Producers wish to thank: The U.S. Department of the Interior and the Virgin Islands National Park Service, Vermont Film Commission, Virginia Film Commission, Charlottesville Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Film Commission, Virgin Islands Film Commission." See more »

Goofs

When Jack has an accident skiing and falls down, snow is covering his sweater and pants. A few minutes later when he is being lifted into the doctor's office, there is no snow or any moisture anywhere on his clothing. See more »

Quotes

Nick: [to Jack, about Anne] She remembers the day she got her tooth filled. Christ, I can hardly remember the first time I got laid.
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Alternate Versions

CBS edited 10 minutes from this film for its 1984 network television premiere. See more »

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Spin-off The Four Seasons (1984) See more »

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A Screen Full of Alda
2 December 2005 | by Isaac5855See all my reviews

Another film I never get tired of re-watching, THE FOUR SEASONS is an entertaining, albeit predictable comedy-drama about three affluent couples who vacation together, whose perfect circle of friendship is forever altered when one couple decides to divorce and the man tries to bring his new girlfriend into the circle. There is a lot of funny stuff that goes on here and a lot of unpleasant stuff as well, especially the way the circle treats the new girlfriend, but most of it rings true and the emotions expressed among these friends about losing the wife who was rejected for a younger woman, are quite real. My only problem with this film is that all the characters talk like Alan Alda. Yes, Alda wrote and directed the film, but he should have given the characters their own personalities, not his. Alda and Carol Burnett make a very believable long-married couple, Jack and Kate as do Jack Weston and Rita Moreno as Danny and Claudia. Len Cariou makes the most of an unpleasant role as Nick, the husband who divorces his wife (Sandy Dennis, in a lovely and heartbreaking performance)and tries to bring his new girlfriend (Bess Armstrong) into the circle. There is slapstick and sentiment and pathos and I have to admit to cheering the first time I saw the scene where Armstrong tells the group off for treating her like an outsider. It's not Chekhov, but it is a charming film with likable characters, realistic situations, beautiful scenery and a lovely musical score. If you hate Alan Alda, beware.


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