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A Wedding (1978)

A Wedding

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Robert Altman's over-frenetic satire on American marriage rituals and hypocrisy concerns the upper-crust marriage between Dino Corelli (Desi Arnaz Jr.) and Muffin Brenner (Amy Stryker). As the film begins, a senile bishop forgets the lines to the wedding ceremony and Nettie Sloan (the groom's grandmother) drops dead in an upstairs bedroom. Nettie's death is not disclosed to the two families who converge at the wedding reception. As the two sets of in-laws slam into each other, the bride and groom disappear in the ensuing whirlwind of chaos as both extended families vie for sexual favors and try to keep hidden never-discussed family secrets. Regina Corelli (Nina Van Pallandt) is revealed to be a drug addict, while Luigi, is endeavoring unsuccessfully to keep his Mafia connections under wraps. Meanwhile, the bride's family, although more down to earth, are revealed to be no better. Tulip Brenner (Carol Burnett) begins to flirt with one of the wedding guests, Mackenzie Goddard (Pat McCormick), while Snooks Brenner (Paul Dooley) acts like a lout and drinks heavily. And flying around the edges of the action like Tinkerbell is Buffy Brenner, the Brenners' youngest daughter, who is pregnant by the groom. As other characters bang into each other -- sexual degenerates, hard-nosed radicals, raw-boned emotional wrecks -- the wedding reception heads for its inevitable nuclear explosion.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Considine, Allan F. Nicholls, Patricia Resnick, Robert Altman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 25, 2006
Runtime:
20th Century Fox Film Corporation

Cast

Carol Burnett
as Tulip Brenner
Desi Arnaz Jr.
as Dino Corelli
Geraldine Chaplin
as Rita Billingsley
Mia Farrow
as Buffy Brenner
Lillian Gish
as Nettie Sloan
Ruth Nelson
as Beatrice Sloan Cory
Ann Ryerson
as Victoria Cory
Belita Moreno
as Daphene Corelli
Vittorio Gassman
as Luigi Corelli
Nina Van Pallandt
as Regina Corelli
Virginia Vestoff
as Clarice Sloan
Dina Merrill
as Antoinette Sloan God...
Pat McCormick
as Mackenzie Goddard
Gigi Proietti
as Little Dino
Paul Dooley
as Snooks Brenner
Amy Stryker
as Muffin Brenner
Dennis Christopher
as Hughie Brenner
Mary Seibel
as Aunt Marge Spar
Margaret Ladd
as Ruby Spar
Gerald Busby
as David Ruteledge
Peggy Ann Garner
as Candice Ruteledge
Mark Deming
as Matthew Ruteledge
David Brand
as Ruteledge Child
Chris Brand
as Ruteledge Child
Amy Brand
as Ruteledge Child
Jenny Brand
as Ruteledge Child
Jeffrey Jones
as Ruteledge Child
Jay D. Jones
as Ruteledge Child
Courtney MacArthur
as Ruteledge Child
Paul D. Keller III
as Ruteledge Child
Cedric Scott
as Randolph
Robert Fortier
as Jim Habor
Maureen Steindler
as Libby Clinton
Mona Abboud
as Melba Lear
Viveca Lindfors
as Ingrid Hellstrom
Lauren Hutton
as Flo Farmer
Allan F. Nicholls
as Jake Jacobs
John Considine
as Jeff Kuykendall
Margery Bond
as Lombardo
Mark R. Deming
as Matthew Ruteledge
Harold C. Johnson
as Oscar Edwards
Howard Duff
as Dr. Jules Meecham
John Cromwell
as Bishop Martin
Bert Remsen
as William Williamson
Pam Dawber
as Tracy Dawber
Gavan O'Herlihy
as Wilson Briggs
Craig Richard Nelson
as Capt. Reedley Roots
Jeff Perry
as Bunky Lemay
Marta Heflin
as Shelby Munker
Lesley Rogers
as Rosie Bean
Tim Thomerson
as Russell Bean
Beverly Ross
as Nurse Janet Schulman
David Fitzgerald
as Kevin Clinton
Susan Kendall Newman
as Chris Clinton
Ellie Albers
as Gypsy Violinist
Tony Llorens
as Pianist
John Malkovich
as Wedding Guest
Luigi Proietti
as Dino Corelli I
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Critic Reviews for A Wedding

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

This is the sort of material that easily lends itself to farce, and, when it does, Altman cheerfully follows. But he leads in other directions, as well.

Full Review… | March 31, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The staging of the action is as exhilarating as ever, and there are glorious moments in the twisted, kaleidoscopic narrative; finally, however, the effect seems curiously contrived and complacent.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Watchable enough, but considerably less than the sum of its parts.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Very good Altman ensemble piece, fun to watch.

June 1, 2005
Video-Reviewmaster.com

bizarre and messy but fascinating

September 19, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

One of Altman's most accomplished and quirky films.

August 18, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for A Wedding

½

Robert Altman's "A Wedding" is a terrifically witty film. Like most of Altman's ensemble pieces, "A Wedding" is brimming with life, characters, unexpected turns and an uncommonly accurate social commentary. Full of memorable characters and situations as well as some extremely sharp dialogue, "A Wedding" is one of Altman's lesser seen films that deserves to find an audience because its jabs still ring true today. This film is nothing but inspired fun. Carol Burnett is also memorably funny here.

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Steven Carrier

Super Reviewer

½

[font=Century Gothic]"A Wedding" is a typical Robert Altman hodgepodge that is centered around the day of the nouveau riche wedding of Dino Corelli(Desi Arnaz, Jr.) and Muffin Brenner(Amy Stryker). A huge cast(It is strange having Lillian Gish and Carol Burnett in the same universe, much less the same movie.) allows Altman to do an accurate rendering of the nuptials down to the smallest detail but I had the feeling, like with "The Company", what he really wanted to make was a documentary. He is certainly not interested in individual performances, but that is where the movie shines, especially with Lillian Gish, Mia Farrow and the closing monologue.[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]It is worth noting how the gay and lesbian characters are kept to the margins in "A Wedding." That serves as a reminder how far gay rights have come in the last thirty years to the point where gay marriage is rightfully becoming a reality. [/font]

Harlequin68
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

I don't think this is one of Altman's best films. It's good but no where as good as his other works (MASH, McCabe & Mrs Miller, The Long Goodbye, California Split, 3 Women)
And yet it is a pure Altman picture filled with his signature overlapping dialogue, a fleet of characters, wicked satire and multiple plots. This film takes place at a wedding and well it's not your typical average wedding. So much zany stuff goes on that I was distracted and had a tough time trying to keep pace with the rest of the movie. I'm sure that was Altman's intent but even his recent film "Nashville" I was able to understand what was going on. Underneath the crude dialogue there was always a powerful scene involving the characters. In "A Wedding" Altman shows many scenes and plots but im not sure if it has made a huge impact for the characters or myself. Hard to describe overall.

Critique Threatt
Brian R

Super Reviewer

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