Chilly Scenes of Winter (film)
|Chilly Scenes of Winter|
|Directed by||Joan Micklin Silver|
|Produced by||Mark Metcalf
|Written by||Joan Micklin Silver|
|Based on||Chilly Scenes of Winter
by Ann Beattie
Mary Beth Hurt
|Music by||Ken Lauber|
|Edited by||Cynthia Scheider|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Box office||$40 million|
Chilly Scenes of Winter (originally released as Head over Heels) is a 1979 romantic comedy film, written and directed by Joan Micklin Silver.
The first version of the film, with the title Head over Heels, had a happy ending. In 1982, the distributor re-released it with a new melancholy ending and the title was changed to match the book. The film had a more successful run this time.
Charles Richardson is a civil servant in his early 30s, working in the Department of Development, Salt Lake City, Utah, and an impetuous romantic. One day he meets Laura Conley in the filing department of his office and it is love at first sight.
Laura is a married woman who has just moved out on her husband Ox, a log home salesman. She is disillusioned by her own marriage and wants to find herself. Charles gathers his courage and asks her out. Soon, she moves in with him and seems happy, but starts having second thoughts. According to Laura, he loves her too much. "You have this exalted view of me, and I hate it. If you think I'm that great then there must be something wrong with you."
Laura leaves Charles and goes back to her husband, Ox. Sam, recently unemployed as a jacket salesman, moves in with Charles, who tries to grapple with the loss of Laura. Charles's mother, meanwhile, is an eccentric who has suicidal thoughts.
Charles begins to make efforts to win Laura back. Charles finds out from his secretary, Betty, that Laura has left Ox once again and is living in an apartment with a roommate. Charles confronts Laura, finally asking her to decide if they will have a future together. Will this be another Chilly Scene of Winter?
- John Heard .... Charles
- Mary Beth Hurt .... Laura
- Peter Riegert .... Sam
- Kenneth McMillan .... Pete
- Gloria Grahame .... Clara
- Nora Heflin .... Betty
- Jerry Hardin .... Patterson
- Tarah Nutter .... Susan
- Mark Metcalf .... Ox
Reviewing the original version, Vincent Canby of The New York Times describes the film as "seeming to be on the verge of some revelation of profound feeling that, at long last, never comes." He does give high praise to the acting, writing, "there's not a false performance in the film." Leonard Maltin determines the film is divisive—"it will either charm or annoy" the viewer. He awards it two and a half stars, presumably the original version.
- How 'Chilly Scenes' Was Rescued NY Times, October 10, 1982
- Turner Classic Movies, Cult Movies Showcase
- Canby, Vincent (1979-10-19). "Screen: 'Head Over Heels,' Drama, Opens:Bachelor in Love". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-05-07.
- Maltin, Leonard (2009), p. 593. Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide. ISBN 1-101-10660-3. Signet Books. Accessed May 7, 2012