Continental Divide (1981) - Rotten Tomatoes

Continental Divide (1981)




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Michael Apted directed and Lawrence Kasdan wrote the screenplay for this diverting romantic comedy -- a film that attempts to recapture the spirit of an old Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn vehicle. A very subdued John Belushi plays a star columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times named Ernie Souchak (but loosely based on columnist Mike Royko), who uses his column as a direct line to report on the dirty dealings at Chicago City Hall. When his political reports on a local corrupt alderman get too hot, Ernie is sent to the Rocky Mountains to do a fluff piece on reclusive ornithologist Nell Porter (Blair Brown). Ernie arrives at her mountain hideaway, but Nell is hostile and orders him to leave. Ernie informs her that his guide won't return for a few weeks and she reluctantly permits him to stay. The two first learn to put up with each other and then their aversion slowly turns into love.
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Universal Pictures

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John Belushi
as Ernie Souchak
Allen Garfield
as Howard McDermott
Blair Brown
as Nell Porter
Carlin Glynn
as Sylvia
Tony Ganios
as Max Bernbaum
Val Avery
as Yablonowitz
Bill Henderson
as Train Conductor
Bruce Jarchow
as Hellinger
Harold Holmes
as Mr. Feeney
Elizabeth Young
as Mrs. Feeney
Ron Dean
as Plesko
Frankie Hill
as Agatha
Mike Bacarella
as Delaney
Zaid Farid
as Mugger
Jack Decker
as Police Thug
Ben Rawnsley
as Police Thug
Dallas Alinder
as Alderman
Yana Nirvana
as Blonde
Tim Kazurinsky
as Reporter
Norm Tobin
as Layout Man
Joe Wright
as Newsboy
John Larson
as Henchman
Dave Adams
as Alderman
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Critic Reviews for Continental Divide

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

It's very slight and grows less interesting as Belushi's character is tamed, but it's a rare, welcome look a the late, great comedian's romantic side.

Full Review… | May 30, 2008
Combustible Celluloid

Were we pleased or frightened? Pleased, John.

May 5, 2004

Continental Divide charts a love relationship that is hobbed by work.

Full Review… | January 31, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Continental Divide


The full talents of Belushi are on display in this nice little romantic comedy.To bad it ended up being an all to soon period on a troubled life.

bill secor
bill secor

Uncharacteristically frothy and vulnerable for John Belushi who staked a career in disorderly conduct, 'Continental Divide' is a palpable romantic comedy that doesn't strain the fish-out-of-water humor with brazen city-slicker idiocy. Belushi's sly speech about the mating rituals of bald eagles is ingratiating and symbolic of his inseparable Florence Nightingale connection with Blair Brown who nursed his wilderness wounds.

Cory Taylor
Cory Taylor

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This is a funny romantic comedy for the most part, but the ending is weird, and I didn't like the ending. Overall, it's pretty good, mostly for the humour, but it could be better.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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