Continental Divide (film)

Continental Divide (Film)

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Continental Divide is a 1981 American romantic comedy. It was directed by Michael Apted from an original screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and produced by Steven Spielberg and stars John Belushi and Blair Brown; the latter was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance.

An attempt was made during the promotional phase of the film's release to sell Belushi and Brown as "the new Hepburn and Tracy", calling to mind the gutsy creative chemistry and double-act performances of those yesteryear actors. This impression was not successfully carried off and Belushi's death less than six months after the film's release ensured that potential would never be.

This is also the first film from Spielberg's production company Amblin Entertainment.


A Chicago newspaper reporter, Ernie Souchak (Belushi), is investigating acorrupt city councilman. After doing an expose on some corrupt landdealings by the councilman, he is assaulted by two crooked policeofficers sent by the councilman and ends up in the hospital.

Souchak's editor decides to send him out of town for his own safety. A city boy, Souchakreluctantly travels to the Rockies to interview the reclusive Dr. Nell Porter(Brown), who has been conducting research on bald eagles for severalyears.

The two are at odds at first. After finding out he is areporter, she is reluctant to let him stay, but realizes he is not ableto survive in the mountains without his guide, who is not scheduled toreturn for two weeks. He is skeptical...
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