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The Four Seasons (1981)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 22 May 1981 (USA)
Three middle-aged wealthy couples take vacations together in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Along the way we are treated to mid-life, marital, parental and other crises.

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Alan Alda

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Alan Alda

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Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alan Alda ... Jack Burroughs
Carol Burnett ... Kate Burroughs
Len Cariou ... Nick Callan
Sandy Dennis ... Anne Callan
Rita Moreno ... Claudia Zimmer
Jack Weston ... Danny Zimmer
Bess Armstrong ... Ginny Newley (Callan)
Elizabeth Alda ... Beth Burroughs
Beatrice Alda Beatrice Alda ... Lisa Callan
Robert Hitt Robert Hitt ... Room Clerk
Kristi McCarthy Kristi McCarthy ... Waitress
David Stackpole David Stackpole ... Doctor
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Three middle-aged wealthy couples take vacations together in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Along the way we are treated to mid-life, marital, parental and other crises. Written by Robert Nolty <nolty_r@caltech.edu>

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Here's to our friends... and the strength to put up with them.

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Comedy | Drama

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vier Jahreszeiten See more »

Filming Locations:

Vermont, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,365,643, 25 May 1981, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$50,427,646
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In 1982, Alan Alda for this film was nominated by the WGA (Writers Guild of America) for Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen, but lost out to Steve Gordon for Arthur (1981). See more »

Goofs

At the very beginning of "Autumn," we see leaves falling as a blue Mercedes sedan whooshes by (the camera catches the right side of the car) on a curvy road. All we see is the right side/front of what is very clearly a late '70s/early '80s S-class Mercedes (likely a 450 SEL or a turbodiesel variant of the same body style). However, in the next shot, the car shown is the same color, but very clearly a 300 class (300 Diesel or 300 Turbodiesel) model. The latter is used in all interior and exterior shots throughout the Autumn (at the Connecticut inn) and eventually sinks on thin ice in "Winter." See more »

Quotes

Claudia Zimmer: Danny, how come you're allowed to have all these psychosomatic illnesses but when I throw up into my tote bag at two in the morning, it's just my imagination?
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CBS edited 10 minutes from this film for its 1984 network television premiere. See more »

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References Two Years Before the Mast (1946) See more »

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A Favorite of an Alda Fan....
19 October 2002 | by alexandraslateSee all my reviews

I was 14 the first time I saw this film in 1981 on HBO. I found it to be a totally engrossing movie that made one actually think about the complexities of life and relationships other than just your typical movie fare of sex and violence. They just don't make movies like this one anymore, and probably never will again (which is sad).

Like Vivaldi's Four Seasons, the cast of characters cover a range of emotions; through anger, grief, and denial of the departure of the spouse of one of the couples who vacation quarterly together and finally acceptance when a new and (younger) addition enters the picture.

The banter between the couples is unusually intelligent, and hysterically funny in some scenes. Jack Weston's character Danny is my favorite. Alda's Jack describes him in one scene as being hypochondriachal, which is the understatement of the year. He seems to feel that he is dying at any given moment of any number of diseases. Death to him is imminent, and his portrayal of this emotion is brilliantly funny because of the sincerity with which he tries to convince the others of the validity of his fears. I loved the scene where he and his wife Claudia have an arguement and she offers up the suggestion once too often that her Italian heritage is the reason for her behavior and Danny cuts loose on her. He gets so into it, that it doesn't seem to matter to the director that he flubbed the line where he's screaming out the window that "I'm sick of your I'm your Italian", when he really meant to say "I'm sick of your I'm Italian". So the scene is left in.

The scene where Jack and Kate laugh their a**e* off on the boat one night while listening to Nick and Ginny having sex is also hysterical.

Really great movie. Highly recommended for people as desperate as I am for some intelligent and thought provoking entertainment.


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