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With: John Belushi, Blair Brown, 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
Written by: Lawrence Kasdan
Directed by: Michael Apted
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 103
Date: 09/18/1981

Continental Divide (1981)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Belushi Bliss

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Continental Divide stars John Belushi as a loose-cannon, Mike Royko-type Chicago columnist who, after investigating a corrupt alderman and being assaulted by crooked cops, is forced to head out to the country. Before long, he falls in love with his exact opposite: a lady bird-watcher (Blair Brown). Written by Lawrence Kasdan, the movie is 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, and it works despite everything. It was the second-to-last of his seven live-action film roles. Steven Spielberg co-produced. In 2020, Kino Lorber released a Blu-ray edition, with a commentary track by film historians Daniel Kremer and Nat Segaloff and trailers.

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