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  • Nov 2, 2012 · 7:00 PM
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A WEDDING (1978)

Robert Altman's take on the nuptials of Dino (Jersey mob) and Muffy (Kentucky nouveau riche).

Imagine the director of "M*A*S*H" and "Nashville" showing up at your wedding with three camera crews. And your mother is Carol Burnett. And your sister is Mia Farrow.

There are 48 characters in this film, and each of them is intriguing.

Altman said that the genesis of this film was a joke. Someone asked him what his next project was going to be, and he flippantly said "I'm going to film someone's wedding." Then, he got to thinking about it...


Rita Billingsley: You know weddings are the happiest events I could possibly dream of and yet some how when they're over it's always so sad.
Rosie Bean: Yea, I know what you mean.
Rita Billingsley: You must have had a beautiful wedding. Did you?
Rosie Bean: Oh yea, I had a great weddin'. Umm, it wasn't anything like this. We were real poor but it was beautiful and my husband Russell looked so handsome. You know all the girls were after him, but he picked me to marry. Yea I think that was the happiest day of my life. But you're right, when it's over it gets real sad.


Ruby Sparr: Do you smoke?
Shelby Munker: No, it makes me dizzy.
Ruby Sparr: Me too, that's why I like it.
Shelby Munker: Well I try to do natural things. A lot of people in my family died of cancer. Bye.
Ruby Sparr: They... they died of cancer smoking pot?


Tante Marge Sparr: Again. You know I've been married four times, and never thought I was gonna do it again. At least I didn't think so.
Jim Habor: Well I've never been married.
Tante Marge Sparr: Never?
Jim Habor: Never. Not unless you can call being married to a lawn mower a marriage.
Tante Marge Sparr: There's uh, there's nothing wrong with you is there?
Jim Habor: No. There's nothing wrong with me.
Tante Marge Sparr: Well have you ever given some real thought maybe to a, a trip to New Jersey, huh?
Jim Habor: You have some hedges that need trimming my dear?
Tante Marge Sparr: I got a whole lawn that needs trimming.

Starring: Carol Burnett, Mia Farrow, Lillian Gish, Amy Stryker, Desi Arnaz, Jr., Pat McCormick, Howard Duff, Geraldine Chaplin, Paul Dooley, Vittorio Gassman, Nina Van Pallandt, John Cromwell, Lauren Hutton, Dennis Franz and Pam Dawber.

Uncredited Extras: Joan Allen, John Malkovich, Laurie Metcalf, Gary Sinise, George Wendt

Here is a short trailer:

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