Continental Divide

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Released 1981

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Director:
Michael Apted
Released:
1981
Rating:
PG

Continental Divide is a comedy about the unlikely love affair that develops between two people living on opposite sides of the country. Ernie Souchak (John Belushi) is a Chicago reporter who has recently uncovered a huge scandal in the city government. After being assaulted by two crooked policemen, he decides to leave town until things cool off. He heads west to interview Dr. Nell Porter (Blair Brown), an expert on bald eagles. Initially, the two butt heads but over time they develop a friendship that ultimately blossoms into love. Nevertheless, Souchak must eventually return to Chicago and resume his life there as a reporter. Though he is happy to be back home, he can't get Porter out of his mind. When Souchak learns that Porter is coming to Chicago to make a presentation, he decides to see her and try to rekindle their relationship. But can a cynical reporter from Chicago ever truly have a relationship with an idealist who lives on the other side of the country?

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Metacritic Score

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie itself is fun: goofy, softhearted, fussy, sometimes funny, and with the sort of happy ending that columnists like to find for their stories and hardly ever find themselves.

  • 70

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    Mr. Apted has made this a sweet, engaging movie that audiences will very much want to see end well.

  • 70

    Variety

    For a picture that you can't really believe for a second, Continental Divide still comes off as a reasonably engaging entertainment thanks to some lively performances and a liberal...

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Comedy, Drama

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Romantic Comedy, Love & Romance