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A Wedding

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Director: Robert Altman, Carol Burnett, Paul Dooley, Mia Farrow

Cast: Robert Altman, Carol Burnett, Paul Dooley, Mia Farrow


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A Wedding, Robert Altman's over-frenetic satire on American marriage rituals and hypocrisy concerns the upper-crust marriage between Dino Corelli (Desi Arnaz Jr.) and Muffin Brenner (Amy Stryker). As the film begins, a senile bishop forgets the lines to the wedding


A Wedding, Robert Altman's over-frenetic satire on American marriage rituals and hypocrisy concerns the upper-crust marriage between Dino Corelli (Desi Arnaz Jr.) and Muffin Brenner (Amy Stryker). As the film begins, a senile bishop forgets the lines to the wedding ceremony and Nettie Sloan (the groom's grandmother) drops dead in an upstairs bedroom. Nettie's death is not disclosed to the two families who converge at the wedding reception. As the two sets of in-laws slam into each other, the bride and groom disappear in the ensuing whirlwind of chaos as both extended families vie for sexual favors and try to keep hidden never-discussed family secrets. Regina Corelli (Nina Van Pallandt) is revealed to be a drug addict, while Luigi, is endeavoring unsuccessfully to keep his Mafia connections under wraps. Meanwhile, the bride's family, although more down to earth, are revealed to be no better. Tulip Brenner (Carol Burnett) begins to flirt with one of the wedding guests, Mackenzie Goddard (Pat McCormick), while Snooks Brenner (Paul Dooley) acts like a lout and drinks heavily. And flying around the edges of the action like Tinkerbell is Buffy Brenner, the Brenners' youngest daughter, who is pregnant by the groom. As other characters bang into each other -- sexual degenerates, hard-nosed radicals, raw-boned emotional wrecks -- the wedding reception heads for its inevitable nuclear explosion.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Shot in sequence and in the director's typical improvisatory manner (and with a cast of characters that, in numbers, dwarfs even his own Nashville), Robert Altman's A Wedding is an uneven and ultimately unsatisfying satire by one of America's most idiosyncratic filmmakers. In the earlier Nashville, Altman was able to meld the many disparate story lines and characters into a film that was cohesive and delivered a devastating punch. He doesn't pull that off here, instead gathering together a bunch of people that certainly have a surface reason to be together but which don't really have a thematic connection -- other than the thin, unexplored idea of "exposing" the hypocrisy attendant in such social situations. Without any kind of real narrative glue, A Wedding comes across as merely a series of vignettes, although some of them are tremendously entertaining. There are enough of the visual and aural Altman signatures to keep film students on their toes; the writers and cast have certainly come up with a number of memorable lines and moments; and, as in most Altman group extravaganzas, the cast knows how to deliver the goods. As a result, there's enough to keep A Wedding chugging along nicely for the first hour or so, but it starts to run out of gas even before the disappointing climax.

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Starz / Anchor Bay
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[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Carol Burnett Tulip Brenner
Paul Dooley Snooks Brenner
Mia Farrow Buffy Brenner
Lillian Gish Nettie Sloan
Amy Stryker Muffin Brenner
Howard Duff Dr. Jules Meecham
Geraldine Chaplin Rita Billingsley
Dennis Christopher Hughie Brenner
Gerald Busby David Ruteledge
Lauren Hutton Florence Farmer
Peggy Ann Garner Candice Ruteledge
Vittorio Gassman Luigi Corelli
Desi Arnaz Dino Corelli
Dina Merrill Antoinette Sloan Goddard
Pat McCormick Mackenzie Goddard
John Cromwell Bishop Martin
John Considine Jeff Kuykendall
Viveca Lindfors Ingrid Hellstrom
Robert Fortier Jim Habor
Bert Remsen William Williamson
Ellie Albers Gypsy Violinist
Jeff Perry Bunky Lemay
Belita Moreno Daphne Corelli
Craig Richard Nelson Capt. Reedley Roots
Ruth Nelson Beatrice Sloan Cory
Susan Kendall Newman Chris Clinton
Allan Nicholls Jake Jacobs
Gavan O'Herlihy Wilson Briggs
Luigi Proietti Dino Corelli I
Patricia Resnick Redford
Beverly Ross Nurse Janet Schulman
Ann Ryerson Victoria Cory
Cedric Scott Randolph
Mary Seibel Aunt Marge Spar
Maureen Steindler Libby Clinton
Tim Thomerson Russell Bean
Nina Van Pallandt Regina Corelli
Virginia Vestoff Clarice Sloan
Mona Abboud Melba Lear
Margery Bond Lombardo
Pam Dawber Tracy Farrell
Mark R. Deming Matthew Ruteledge
Dennis Franz Koons
Marta Heflin Shelby Munker
Maisie Hoy Casey
Jeffrey Jones Ruteledge Child
Margaret Ladd Ruby Spar
Tony Llorens Piano Player

Technical Credits
Robert Altman Director,Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Peter L. Bergquist Asst. Director
Scott Bushnell Associate Producer
John Considine Original Story,Screenwriter
Bob Dahlin Asst. Director
John Hotchkis Score Composer
Tony Lombardo Editor
Chris McLaughlin Sound/Sound Designer
Allan Nicholls Screenwriter
Patricia Resnick Screenwriter
Charles Rosher Cinematographer
Jim Stuebe Sound/Sound Designer
Tommy Thompson Asst. Director,Executive Producer
Tom Waits Score Composer
Jim Webb Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Wedding
1. Chapter 1 [9:59]
2. Chapter 2 [9:37]
3. Chapter 3 [9:58]
4. Chapter 4 [9:45]
5. Chapter 5 [10:20]
6. Chapter 6 [9:48]
7. Chapter 7 [9:35]
8. Chapter 8 [9:55]
9. Chapter 9 [10:04]
10. Chapter 10 [9:57]
11. Chapter 11 [9:59]
12. Chapter 12 [10:22]
13. Chapter 13 [5:25]
14. Chapter 14 [:00]

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A Wedding 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Emma_Shaw More than 1 year ago
I purchased this movie as a gift for my dad, who appreciated it since the film's release. The beautiful soundtrack enhances the stellar performances by some of show business's veteran performers. Robert Altman's direction makes for a thoroughly entertaining classic.