Chilly Scenes of Winter [Import]
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John Heard plays Charles, a sardonic civil servant who can't seem to get over his breakup with Laura (Mary Beth Hurt). While listening to his mother describe how she's thinking of killing herself, Charles begins to reflect on how the relationship started. From there, the movie flashes back and forth between his present obsessiveness and the ups and downs of his two months with Laura. The rambling but entertaining progress of Chilly Scenes of Winter is sprinkled with sharp, satirical portraits of the other people in Charles's life, including his mother (the great B-movie actress, Gloria Grahame), who wallows in her offhand madness, and his roommate, Sam (Peter Riegert), an unemployed womanizer. But the movie's greatest strength is its warts-and-all portrait of Charles himself. He's funny, but his humor often slides into hostility; he's affectionate, but his attentions sometimes turn neurotic and possessive. The movie doesn't condemn him, but it doesn't let him off the hook, either, and Heard's performance manages to be both charming and dismaying. The result is a gentle, sometimes painful, but always honest comedy about the messy details of relationships that has developed a passionate cult following. Chilly Scenes of Winter is based on the novel of the same name by Anne Beattie, who has a cameo as a waitress. --Bret Fetzer
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I searched the web for the video with the original ending and found a copy that listed listed "Woman in Park" as one of the characters. The scene in the park was cut so I thought I had found it. When I opened the video at home I found it was the re-released version. I continued my quest and emailed MGM/UA and several other places without response. By chance I tried a newsgroup. I got a reply from someone who said the re-released ending is the only version available on video because the original was made before videos were existed. So, unless someone at the studio picked up the 16mm film from the editing room floor we will never see the better ending.
These are the first lines of the film "Chilly Scenes of Winter" and a line which had me saying things to myself like 'Good beginning' and thinking if the guy was depressed or just being sarcastic.
"C'mon, what do you have?" booms the blind man. "Baby Ruth," answers the young executive. "That's 50 cents," he answers as the executive walks off.
I know "Chilly Scenes of Winter" and its lines/dialogue like the back of my hand. The one-liners might be even superior to a Woody Allen movie (they at least tie each other). I, myself, am very interested in seeing the original "Head Over Heels' like many of the critcs below me. I'm with you, everyone and I love "Chilly Scenes..." just as much as you. If some MGM big-shot ever reads my review (which is slim-to-none) please take my advice- there are many people out there wanting to see the original cut of Joan Micklin Silver's masterpiece "Chilly Scenes of Winter" (apparently entitled "Head Over Heels"),so if you can pull some strings for us, please release it on video. It at least deserves a place in MGM/UA's Home Video collection of "Contemporary Classics". This is one of my personal favorite movies and I've seen plenty. John Heard and Mary Beth Hurts' performances are magnificent and the characters really are colorful enough to the extent that they come alive. For anybody who hasn't seen it, purchase it on Ebay used or get it new on Amazon. Either way you have to see it. It's a real treat!
John Heard, where are you? You seemed to disappear from film. Such a good, understated performance deserved Oscar recognition. But of course, unless the pic is a hit, you don't get nominations. How else to account for this year's lackluster selection?
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this main character has the fairy tale romance all worked out in his mind but somehow reality just won't let it happen so he becomes lovesick to the point of being in a trancelike... Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2001 by chubby
I fell in love with this film in it's original form as "Chilly Scenes of Winter." I admit the new truncated version is more "realistic" in an worldly sort of... Read morePublished on Dec 6 2000
This is the only American movie I have ever seen that captures the rhythms & nuances of a real "relationship" with perfect pitch. Read morePublished on Dec 6 2000 by inframan
This is my favorite movie of all time. You must see it. Go to my web-site about it. Peter Riegert's performance is not to be missed.Published on Sept. 24 1999
For those reviewers wishing to find the original "Head Over Heels": don't bother! The final five minutes of "Chilly Scenes" separate it from your average happy... Read morePublished on May 23 1999 by Bill (firstname.lastname@example.org)
John Heard and Peter Reigert give such effortless performances - the one-liners are great. It's just a great movie for anyone who's ever "been there". Read morePublished on Feb. 5 1999 by email@example.com