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A Wedding (1978)

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The daughter of a Louisville truck driver marries the scion of a very wealthy family, but reception at the family estate is boycotted by the invited guests.

Director:

Robert Altman

Writers:

John Considine (screenplay), Patricia Resnick (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carol Burnett ... Tulip Brenner
Paul Dooley ... Snooks Brenner
Amy Stryker ... Muffin Brenner
Mia Farrow ... Buffy Brenner
Dennis Christopher ... Hughie Brenner
Gerald Busby Gerald Busby ... Rev. David Ruteledge
Peggy Ann Garner ... Candice Ruteledge
Mark R. Deming Mark R. Deming ... Matthew Ruteledge
Mary Seibel Mary Seibel ... Aunt Marge Spar
Margaret Ladd ... Ruby Spar
Lesley Rogers Lesley Rogers ... Rosie Bean
Tim Thomerson ... Russell Bean (as Timothy Thomerson)
Marta Heflin ... Shelby Munker
David Brand David Brand ... Ruteledge Child
Christian Brand Christian Brand ... Ruteledge Child (as Chris Brand)
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Storyline

Muffin's wedding to Dino Corelli is to be a big affair. Except the aging priest isn't too sure of the ceremony, only the families actually turn up as the Corelli Italian connection is suspect, security guards watch the gifts rather over-zealously, and Dino's grandma expires in bed just as the reception starts. Could be quite an occasion. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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More than one Family Secret hides behind A Wedding See more »

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

27 September 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un día de boda See more »

Filming Locations:

Waukegan, Illinois, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby (as Dolby Stereo)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Carol Burnett expressed via her agent that she would like a part in this film and got it. See more »

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Quotes

Snooks Brenner: [to his family] What's everybody standing around for? There's not a God-damned thing we can do about it! It's a hell of a wedding!
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The credits in the German version have a completely different order compared to the original release. See more »

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References The Fly (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Hungarian Dance No. 5
(1869) (uncredited)
Music by Johannes Brahms
Played often on violin by Ellie Albers
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Cool Altman ensemble
2 December 2000 | by John BetheaSee all my reviews

I found this to be an interesting and insightful portrayal of the different strata of American society, and how flexible and inflexible they can be when confronted with issues they MUST deal with. It's a wedding for Christ's sake! Can't miss that! I think it's beautiful that Altman, borrowing heavily from various forms of Commedia dell'Arte, tragic plays of Shakespeare, and other classic literary works, uses a wedding to create the tensions throughout the film. Remember, this is the bride and groom's special occasion, yet everyone else seems so put out and upset with having to deal with one another, as if they are the ones going through with the ceremony, that they will be the ones marrying each another. In today's world, this is an absurd notion, and Altman knows it. You get the feeling he really enjoys watching this all-american, suburban family cringe at the idea of being married to the mob, though all of them know this is probably the last time they all be together. He's always had such a cynical view of the nuclear family. This would really be one of Altman's best films if it wasn't for the silly pretentiousness of some of the roles, especially Mia Farrow's. I must admit that I love the ending, which most people I know hate.


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