Charles is a Salt Lake City civil servant who loves (*LOVES*) Laura, a lovely housewife with a lovely step-daughter and an A-frame-selling, ex-quarterback husband named Ox. His roommate is "an unemployed jacket salesman," his mother is a spacey, laxative overdosing, overly eccentric basket-case, his perpetually happy sister finds love in the dorkiest of guys, his step-father has a jones for Turtle Wax and his boss asks him for advice about his Ivy League son's sexual problems. He listens to Janis Joplin and dreams of getting Laura back once and for all. He does everything in his power to win her back from Ox, and the lengths he goes to provide the structure of the film in this bittersweet romantic comedy...a film that explores what happened to the Woodstock generation when they transcended their idealism (i.e. it was expected that they fall in love and face the music of routine). Charles is perhaps the quintessential saint of this ideology.
Love does strange things to people. And Charles is a little strange to begin with.
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That's a nice ribbon in your hair.
Well, I told the nurse that it was like the song. "Tie a yellow ribbon 'round the old oak tree."
[starts to sing
[wearing a green ribbon
And I say tie a green ribbon 'round the old oak tree.
Mine's a real song!
Mommy sure does know her music, doesn't she?
Mrs. DeLillo knows her music, too.
Thank you so much.
Head over Heels was released in 1979 and flopped as a mainstream release. After it flopped, the producers took the film, reedited it, added a new ending that was faithful to the original novel by Ann Beattie (who appears as a waitress at the beginning of the film), and released the new version as Chilly Scenes of Winter (the same title as the original novel) in 1980 in film houses. See more
Get It While You Can
Written by Jerry Ragovoy
(as Ragovoy) and Mort Shuman
Performed by Janis Joplin
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