Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Tuesday's Overlooked Film: Continental Divide
This week's Tuesday's Overlooked Film is the 1981 movie Continental Divide.
The film stars John Belushi as a hard-nosed Chicago newspaper reporter who makes a name for himself by exposing the actions of a corrupt city official. When Belushi gets roughed up by the official's thugs, his editor-in-chief sends him out to Wyoming's portion of the famed Continental Divide trail to cover a secluded ornithologist (Blair Brown) until the heat dies down back home.
Belushi quickly finds how unsuited he is for the great outdoors as well as for Brown's character, a serious-minded woman passionate about studying and preserving the bald eagle population of the area. Personality clashes ensue of course, as does a slow-burning romance. Can these two head-butting love birds make a relationship work? Spoiler: they certainly give it a try at the end of the film.
The movie contains a lot of opposites attract cliches, but it's interesting to see Belushi outside of a SNL/Blues Brothers context. Brown would go on to a mild success with the TV series The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd.
Here is the film's trailer. Thanks!