A Change of Seasons (film)
|A Change of Seasons|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Richard Lang|
|Produced by||Martin Ransohoff|
|Written by||Erich Segal|
Mary Beth Hurt
|Music by||Henry Mancini|
|Cinematography||Philip H. Lathrop|
|Edited by||Don Zimmerman|
Film Finance Group
Polyc International BV
20th Century Fox
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Box office||$7.2 million (North America)|
A Change of Seasons is a 1980 American comedy-drama film directed by Richard Lang. It stars Anthony Hopkins, Shirley MacLaine and Bo Derek. The film was a critical and commercial failure, grossing $7.2 million against its $6 million budget and receiving three nominations at the 1st Golden Raspberry Awards including Worst Actor (Hopkins), Worst Screenplay.
When fortysomething Karyn Evans discovers her arrogantly self-centered professor husband Adam is having an affair with student Lindsey Rutledge, she retaliates by having a dalliance of her own with young, philosophical campus carpenter Pete Lachappelle. Adam is infuriated when he learns about his wife's new relationship, and she in turn defends her right to enjoy the same carnal pleasures he does. The four decide to share a Vermont ski house, where their efforts to behave like liberal adults are tested by middle-age angst, hurt feelings, and teenager Kasey Evans (played by Mary Beth Hurt who was 34 at the time), who unexpectedly arrives to confront her parents with their outrageous behavior.
The film was shot on location in Glenwood Springs, Colorado and Williamstown, Massachusetts. Hopkins and MacLaine famously did not get along during the filming and Hopkins said "she was the most obnoxious actress I have ever worked with."
Originally, Noel Black was hired to direct after producer Martin Ransohoff saw his film, A Man, a Woman, and a Bank (1979). Black left the film during shooting due to creative differences. He was replaced by Richard Lang. Black shot the first half of the film only.
Consenting Adults was the film's working title.
- Shirley MacLaine ..... Karyn Evans
- Anthony Hopkins ..... Adam Evans
- Bo Derek ..... Lindsey Rutledge
- Michael Brandon ..... Pete Lachapelle
- Mary Beth Hurt ..... Kasey Evans
- Edward Winter ..... Steven Rutledge
- K Callan ..... Alice Bingham
- Rod Colbin ..... Sam Bingham
- Steve Eastin ..... Lance
- Billy Beck ..... Older Man
- Karen Philipp ..... Young Girl
- Paul Bryar ..... Man at Table
In his review in The New York Times, Vincent Canby said the film "exhibits no sense of humor and no appreciation for the ridiculous … the screenplay [is] often dreadful … the only appealing performance is Miss MacLaine's, and she's too good to be true. A Change of Seasons does prove one thing, though. A farce about characters who've been freed of their conventional obligations quickly becomes aimless."
Variety observed, "It would take the genius of an Ernst Lubitsch to do justice to the incredibly tangled relationships in A Change of Seasons, and director Richard Lang is no Lubitsch. The switching of couples seems arbitrary and mechanical, and more sour than amusing."
TV Guide rates it one out of a possible four stars, adding the film "is as predictable as a long Arctic winter, and just about as interesting … Marybeth Hurt … steals what there is of the picture to steal."
Time Out London calls it "kitsch without conviction, schlock without end … glib trappings … and witless dialogue sink everything except for the perky intelligence of MacLaine, who clearly deserves better than this."
Awards and nominations
- 1st Golden Raspberry Award
- Nominated, Worst Actor (Anthony Hopkins)
- Nominated, "Worst Original Song" – For the song, Where Do You Catch the Bus Tomorrow? (Henry Mancini, Marilyn Bergman, Alan Bergman)
- Nominated, "Worst Screenplay" – Erich Segal, Ronni Kern, Fred Segal
- Aubrey Solomon, Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History, Scarecrow Press, 1989 p259
- Solomon p 234. Please note figures are rentals not gross.
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