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 Posted:   Jan 15, 2010 - 10:21 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

A romantic comedy set partially in Chicago, partially in the great Wyoming mountains, this 1981 Michael Apted film (written by Lawrence Kasdan, produced by Spielberg) promises to be a good romp. However, a chubby John Belushi and a beautiful Carlin Glynn isn't exactly the most believeable couple and it somehow fails to reach the dizzy heights. By the way, I had no idea Glynn was the mother of Mary Stuart Masterson...I found myself noticing their similarity while watching the film. Strange.

But it's mostly enjoyable, we're treated to different locales and setpieces and the chemistry between the two is quite good.

There are a lot of nice things in Small's score: the jaunty, funky music for the city scenes (slightly reminiscent of Williams' HEARTBEEPS) and some sweeping melodies for the wild outdoors and their romantic relationship. Was there ever a soundtrack?

 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2010 - 11:22 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

I don't think there was a soundtrack, but I'd love to hear the music now. Haven't seen the movie since I was 10, and all I remember was that it was really boring.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2010 - 11:26 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I don't think there was a soundtrack, but I'd love to hear the music now. Haven't seen the movie since I was 10, and all I remember was that it was really boring.

I guess I can understand that it was kinda boring if you were 10.

Actually, the end credits lists a soundtrack album on MCA, but I couldn't find any on the net.

 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2010 - 11:31 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

I don't think there was a soundtrack, but I'd love to hear the music now. Haven't seen the movie since I was 10, and all I remember was that it was really boring.

I guess I can understand that it was kinda boring if you were 10.

Actually, the end credits lists a soundtrack album on MCA, but I couldn't find any on the net.


It may be that they intended to release the soundtrack but didn't. SoundtrackCollector doesn't have any info either.

 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2010 - 11:41 AM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

I'm pretty sure that album never actually materialized. I don't remember the music at all, but I have a vague memory of liking it at the time. The movie has a lot of things going for it, but ultimately no clue as to how to resolve the central plot point. The movie came out a few months before Belushi's death, and I saw it very soon after he died, which certainly colored my perceptions of it.

 
 Posted:   May 11, 2010 - 1:06 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

Actually, this film is one of my guilty pleasures. It´s very funny if you give it a chance. And Michael Small´s score is definitely on my grail list.

MCA... hmm, who gets to release their soundtracks these days?

 
 
 Posted:   May 11, 2010 - 5:12 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

MCA listed a Soundtrack release on the end credits of RAGGEDY MAN as well, back in 1981. We all know that didn't happen till many many years later.

All good things come in time.

Never really saw Continental Divide all the way through, but I do remember skimming through it once on VHS. A lot of the score was quite nice and pleasant. Small was really a great composer and I really like so much of his work.

I had heard that Belushi really wanted to show the world his depth as an actor in this movie.

Zoob

 
 Posted:   May 11, 2010 - 5:49 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I remember this being a sweet little film with a very pleasant score. To bad it was never released. But as others have said, one never knows whats in "score" for the future. ;-)

 
 
 Posted:   May 11, 2010 - 4:01 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)



MCA... hmm, who gets to release their soundtracks these days?


http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=68474&forumID=1&archive=0

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 15, 2013 - 10:35 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I saw CONTINENTAL DIVIDE recently. Given the market for soundtracks to romantic comedies, I suspect we're no closer to a release of Michael Small's score now than we were 3 years ago.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 15, 2013 - 10:40 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In this thread's first post, I'm not sure why Thor mentions Carlin Glynn rather than Blair Brown as the romantic lead in the film.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 15, 2013 - 10:43 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I don't know either, now that I look back at it. Don't know where that came from.

 
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