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?
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.
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.