Four Seasons

The Four Seasons

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Cast: Alan Alda, Carol Burnett, Len Cariou, Sandy Dennis

     
 

The Four Seasons follows the trials and tribulations of a group of middle-aged friends during a 12-month period. Alan Alda (who also directed) and Carol Burnett play a married couple who consider themselves paragons of sensitivity and sensibility. Alda and Burnett are the instigators of a series of vacations (from New England to the Virgin Islands), which they…  See more details below

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The Four Seasons follows the trials and tribulations of a group of middle-aged friends during a 12-month period. Alan Alda (who also directed) and Carol Burnett play a married couple who consider themselves paragons of sensitivity and sensibility. Alda and Burnett are the instigators of a series of vacations (from New England to the Virgin Islands), which they take in the company of two other couples: Jack Weston and Rita Moreno, and Len Cariou and Sandy Dennis. Everyone's interrelationships are put to the test when Cariou and Dennis divorce, and Cariou subsequently marries the much-younger Bess Armstrong. Not too surprisingly, the comings and goings of The Four Seasons are underscored by the music of Antonio Vivaldi.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A surprising commercial success when originally released, The Four Seasons was also given considerable critical acclaim. Years later, it's hard to understand why. Not that Seasons isn't a good film; it simply isn't an outstanding one. One of the truest examples of an ensemble film, its cast is uniformly strong and is the movie's biggest asset. Never as effective when starring on the big screen as they were when starring on television, Alan Alda and Carol Burnett turn in solid performances here, and there's a simple chemistry between them that is appealing. Rita Moreno and Jack Weston perform well in showier, audience-friendly parts, and Len Cariou's work is so good that one wonders why he has done so little in films. As usual, Sandy Dennis provokes differing reactions in people, but it's one of her least mannered performances. The main problem with the film lies with the script and direction, both of which are a bit too earnest and synthetic. The script doesn't dig deeply enough, settling too often for facile observations rather than real insights. As a director, Alda just isn't inventive enough; there's nothing really wrong with what he does, but nothing that impressive either. Still, the cast makes Seasons well worth catching.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/31/2005
UPC:
0025192732829
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
PG
Source:
Universal Studios
Time:
1:48:00
Sales rank:
1,381

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alan Alda Jack Burroughs
Carol Burnett Kate Burroughs
Len Cariou Nick Callan
Sandy Dennis Anne Callan
Rita Moreno Claudia Zimmer
Beatrice Alda Lisa
Elizabeth Alda Beth
Bess Armstrong Ginny Newley
Robert Hitt Room Clerk
Kristi McCarthy Waitress
David Stackpole Doctor
Jack Weston Danny Zimmer

Technical Credits
Alan Alda Director,Screenwriter
Victor J. Kemper Cinematographer
Jane Greenwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Terry Miles Makeup
Jack T. Collis Production Designer
Jerry Wunderlich Set Decoration/Design
Michael Economou Associate Producer,Editor
Yudi Bennett Asst. Director
Louis A. Stroller Executive Producer
Martin Bregman Producer
Candy Flanagin Special Effects

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Spring (Main Titles) [4:02]
2. Winds of Change [7:27]
3. A Day to Remember [4:14]
4. It's Over [8:05]
5. Summer [7:31]
6. Vicious and Ill [6:01]
7. Pleasure of Having Fun [4:39]
8. Losing Love [7:06]
9. Autumn [6:18]
10. Through the Ringer [1:32]
11. Living Life [4:54]
12. Expressing Anger [11:24]
13. Winter [5:07]
14. Death and Disintegration [5:10]
15. A Blank Spot [7:13]
16. Unconditional Acceptance [4:32]
17. An Invaluable Lesson [4:44]
18. End Titles [4:49]

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The Four Seasons 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This rates as one of my favorite films of all time. Alan Alda and Carol Burnett shine in this piece that takes a look at the different reactions of the onset of midlife. The cinematography and musical score makes the film a feast for the eyes and ears.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The depth of long lasting friendship is magnificently portrayed by the cast. The colors of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter are so richly filmed you can almost smell the October leaves of New England, the ocean spray of the Caribbean, and new fallen snow in December as these couples take their seasonal vacations together and then, as they grow older, experience transition in their relationships! Sooner or later, we all experience friendships that can withstand the test of time and its neverending seasons, and in the process fill our hearts to their brims. This is a wonderful film. Don't miss it!