Continental Divide (film)

Continental Divide (film)
Continental Divide
Directed by Michael Apted
Produced by Robert E. Larson
Steven Spielberg (executive)
Bernie Brillstein (executive)
Written by Lawrence Kasdan
Starring John Belushi
Blair Brown
Allen Goorwitz
Carlin Glynn
Music by Michael Small
Cinematography John Bailey
Editing by Dennis Virkler
Studio Amblin Entertainment
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) September 18, 1981 (United States)
Running time 103 minutes
Language English

Continental Divide is a 1981 American romantic comedy. It was directed by Michael Apted from an original screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and produced by Steven Spielberg and stars John Belushi and Blair Brown; the latter was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance.

An attempt was made during the promotional phase of the film's release to sell Belushi and Brown as "the new Hepburn and Tracy", calling to mind the gutsy creative chemistry and double-act performances of those yesteryear actors. This impression was not successfully carried off and Belushi's death less than six months after the film's release ensured that potential would never be.

This is also the first film from Spielberg's production company Amblin Entertainment.



A Chicago newspaper reporter, Ernie Souchak (Belushi), is investigating a corrupt city councilman. After doing an expose on some corrupt land dealings by the councilman, he is assaulted by two crooked police officers sent by the councilman and ends up in the hospital.

Souchak's editor decides to send him out of town for his own safety. A city boy, Souchak reluctantly travels to the Rockies to interview the reclusive Dr. Nell Porter (Brown), who has been conducting research on bald eagles for several years.

The two are at odds at first. After finding out he is a reporter, she is reluctant to let him stay, but realizes he is not able to survive in the mountains without his guide, who is not scheduled to return for two weeks. He is skeptical about her work, but comes to admire Porter for her strong character and dedication. Eventually, they fall in love.

Souchak returns to Chicago with her still very much on his mind. When he finds out that one of his sources has been "accidentally" killed, he once again pursues the investigation until the day the councilman flees the country.

The same day, Souchak finds out that Porter is coming to Chicago to do a presentation at a symposium. With some uncertainly, Souchak decides to attend the presentation. They rekindle their relationship. Happy as they are together, they cannot reconcile the different paths each has taken in life, and so they reluctantly decide to part again.

Souchak, seeing her off on the train, ends up traveling with her all the way back to Wyoming. After getting off at her stop, they decide that they cannot do without each other, and decide to marry. The movie ends with him catching the train back to Chicago, and the newlyweds promising to meet again very soon.


Singer Helen Reddy performed the ending theme, "Never Say Goodbye".

The Ernie Souchak character was loosely based on longtime Chicago newspaper columnist Mike Royko.

Filming locations

Many of the scenes were filmed around Chicago:

Many of the mountain scenes were filmed in Colorado:

Other scenes were filmed at:

  • The train depot where Belushi's character says goodbye to Blair's character, but later gets back on the train is the Michigan Central Railroad Niles Depot in Niles, Michigan about 90 miles east of Chicago. It's a large sandstone building built in 1892. The depot appeared in Midnight Run with Robert De Niro and Only the Lonely with Maureen O'Hara and John Candy.
  • Glacier National Park, Montana.
  • Crystal Mountain, Washington which is 40 miles south of the city of Enumclaw.
  • Although often portrayed as having been "filmed in the Rockies", all of the tent scenes were filmed in the Cascades at Crystal Mt. with the magnificent Mt. Rainier standing 14,410' in the background. As rustic as it looks, the reality is that ten feet behind the cameras, the crew were sitting inside the Summit House restaurant drinking hot cocoa. It was still 6872' elev., and the snow was real. It was a cold shoot with lots of time spent warming up people and equipment. Many local kids participated in the making of the film and mourned Belushi's passing too soon thereafter.
  • The final scenes of the movie were filmed in an old train station in Cedar Falls, Washington[citation needed] with an added Amtrak station sign (a movie prop) that read "Victor, WY".

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