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Of course, there's no way to watch this film without feeling the sadness and lament over Belushi's too-soon death at age 33. And yet, I think it's really remarkable to see Belushi "the actor" overcome some of the jokier elements in the film that I think were included only to appease Belushi fans who wanted yet another variation on Bluto from ANIMAL HOUSE or Capt. "Wild Bill" the crazed fighter pilot from Spielberg's 1941. In the end, his commitment to playing a character rather than a cartoon is to be praised and appreciated with a viewing of this special little film.
And this film would be the worst kind of insipid without the great actress Blair Brown bringing some very real dimension and humanity to the character of Nell Porter. Bringing undeniable intelligence and unbent courage to the role, her performance reminds viewers how much fun and challenge there is when you fall in love with somebody in real life.Read more ›
This film belongs to Belushi and to the irresistible Blair Brown as scientist/naturalist Nell Porter, who at first seems as remote as her mountain cabin. Of course both characters eventually thaw amid the snow of the spectacular Rockies as they discover their vulnerability and a love that refuses to be conquered by distance.
To their credit, the actors ovecome occasionally weak dialog and some inane sub-plots -- like the embarrassingly superfluous and confusing introduction of a pro-footballer-turned-mountain man who has been trysting with Porter -- to make us suspend our disbelief and care about them despite the script flaws. Also deserving of a salute is the satisfying, rather un-Hollywood-like ending.
As the final credits roll and Helen Reddy sings, you'll probably be as captivated by Nell as Souchak was, and you might feel the urge to hit the streets of Chicago where it seems Belushi/Souchak should still be pounding the sidewalks. Then you may feel a tinge of sadness as you remember that his talent was taken from us much too soon.
As an aside, note that Steven Spielberg was an executive producer.
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Little ho hum but still one of the best movies Belushi ever did in my opinion and that's including Animal House.Published 18 days ago by Michael
Continental Divide has been one of my favorite movies since the first time I saw it years ago. John Belushi is fantastic as the Love Interest. YES! he can do romance. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Very funny movie & yet, a great couple despite the differences they both have as far as nature & so on.Published 2 months ago by Katherine Livingston
sad to what happened with john, what a waste of a very talented comic. the movie was just okay, worth time to view. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mark Twain
Great movie. Not the typical movie for John Belushi, but he did a fantastic job in it.Published 3 months ago by Jim Besso
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