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Continental Divide 1981 PG CC

(131) IMDb 6.1/10
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Ernie Souchak (John Belushi), a tough Chicago reporter, gets a little too close to the Mob, and his apartment is blown up. To take the heat off of him, his editor sends him to Colorado to investigate an eagle researcher (Blair Brown). Sparring partners at first, the pair eventually fall in love, but Ernie Souchak must return to Chicago when one of his sources is mysteriously killed.

John Belushi, Blair Brown
1 hour, 43 minutes

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Genres Romance, Comedy
Director Michael Apted
Starring John Belushi, Blair Brown
Supporting actors Allen Garfield, Carlin Glynn, Tony Ganios, Val Avery, Liam Russell, Everett Smith, Bill Henderson, Bruce Jarchow, Eddie Schwartz, Harold Holmes, Elizabeth Young, Ron Dean, Frankie Hill, Mike Bacarella, Marji Bank, Christopher Lowell, Frank Noel, Zaid Farid
Studio Universal Pictures
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By todd rich on May 20, 2003
Format: DVD
John Belushi is forever connected to the alcohol abusing, self depricating , and party animal charators that he 's reknowned for playing in other films. Luckily , before his untimely demise , he participated in this project...Continental Divide. It totally seperates him against typecast and shows just how much diversified acting ability , he had .Whereas , alot of people (typical Belushi fans)didn't appreciate this effort, I think it was extremely refreshing. It only took me about five minutes to forget that it was John Belushi portraying Ernie Souchak. A top dog columnist who's forced out of town to do a safer article , at the request of his boss , to save him from danger. Blair Brown's Nell Porter, provides the perfect opposite, for Belushi's Souchak. The film has a very basic "boy meets girl " formula. However ,the script and actors take this film to an all time high. It is a very special film that provides very special and cinematic moments. I enjoyed it when I was a teenager and I hated love story's. But there's more to this tale than just a typical spin. Definately not a film to be missed.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Anthony E. Pomes on March 22, 2007
Format: DVD
I've always remembered this movie from when I was a kid and saw it on cable TV. Having seen it again, I think what really makes this film such a sweet and wonderful thing is how the main characters (played by John Belushi and Blair Brown) stay true to themselves as individuals even while falling in love. Without giving too much away here, it's very refreshing to have a romance film in which "love" has as much to do with mutual respect and deep caring for another human being as it does with good ol' reliable movie-screen passion. Ernie Souchak (Belushi) and Nell Porter (Brown) have what is considered a far-from-perfect predicament in the game of love, but the way in which they find a solution together makes for one of the sweetest love stories I've ever seen in a movie.

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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Susan K. Schoonover VINE VOICE on February 16, 2008
Format: DVD
CONTINENTAL DIVIDE is a sweet, predictable romantic comedy of two opposites who in classic movie fashion can't stand each other at first but then fall madly in love. Although this is a comedy there is also lots of drama and John Belushi's portrayal of Ernie, an intelligent Chicago investigative reporter, is far from his role as ANIMAL HOUSE'S Bluto or most of his other characters in SNL sketches. Ernie needs to get out of town for awhile because his investigating has angered some powerful and corrupt politicians. His editor suggests he hide out in Wyoming and get an interview with Nell, a woman who has been studying bald eagles at her remote mountain top home. Ernie with his chubbiness and chain smoking is a typical fish out of water in this rugged terrain. He ends up staying at the cabin of the beautiful self-reliant eagle expert Nell played by Blair Brown who is at first immune to Ernie's charms. It will come as no surprise to frequent viewers of romantic comedies that after a series of misunderstandings and misadventures Nell and Ernie find they can't live without each other. Of course there's a problem - her life is in Wyoming protecting and studying the eagles and his is in Chicago protecting the city from corruption. Aside from the love story the movie offers some beautiful mountain scenery, shots of Chicago that make it look like a glamorous city and views of bald eagles who are thankfully not nearly as endangered as they were in 1981 when the movie was made. Lots of other things from dress styles to office equipment have changed since the early 80's and the Chicago portion of the film stands as a window in to that time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Lawrence on November 7, 2006
Format: DVD
If you can't imagine John Belushi as a leading man, then somehow you have missed this jewel from 1981. Well, okay, he was no Cary Grant. But he proved he didn't have to be in order to play hard-case muckraking Chicago columnist Ernie Souchak convincingly and with heart.

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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