A Wedding (1978)




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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.
Comedy , Drama
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20th Century Fox Film Corporation


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 Goddard
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
Maysie Hoy
as Casey
John Considine
as Jeff Kuykendall
Margery Bond
as Lombardo
Harold C. Johnson
as Oscar Edwards
Mark R. Deming
as Matthew Ruteledge
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
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Critic Reviews for A Wedding

All Critics (9) | 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 30, 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 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Very good Altman ensemble piece, fun to watch.

June 1, 2005

bizarre and messy but fascinating

September 18, 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

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.

Brian R
Brian R

Super Reviewer


I'm not sure why this film doesn't get mentioned much when Altman is discussed. Maybe I had lower expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the film. It has all the hallmarks of Altman's most popular films: the large ensemble cast, quirky characters, multiple story lines. It most reminded me of Godsford Park, in that both film take place in large country mansions with many people coming to stay for a short period of time. *currently (8-23-11) on Netflix streaming.

Grifty G
Grifty G

Super Reviewer


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.

Steven Carrier
Steven Carrier

Super Reviewer

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