• The Four Seasons (1981)

The Four Seasons

Release Date: 1981

DVD Release Date: May 31st, 2005

PG |1 hr 47 min

Plot Summary

Jack (Alan Alda) and Kate (Carol Burnett) traditionally go on vacation with their friends every new season. Old friend Nick (Len Cariou) surprises everyone when he arrives not with his wife, Anne (Sandy Dennis), but with his new girlfriend, the much younger Ginny (Bess Armstrong). The group -- all of which had grown to be good friends with Anne -- must come to terms with this unexpected development. Ultimately, they learn to accept Nick's decision, and work to welcome Ginny as a friend.

Cast: Alan Alda, Carol Burnett, Rita Moreno, Len Cariou, Sandy Dennis, Jack Weston, Bess Armstrong, Elizabeth Alda

Director: Alan Alda

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Universal/Universal Int

Keywords: Love , 1980s , Marriage , Emotional , Amusing , Transformation ,

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    David AnsenNewsweek

    It's these well-lived-with characters who make The Four Seasons a pleasure to watch, and the actors obviously relish their parts. [25 May 1981, p.74]

  • 70
    Time Out

    The camerawork is unadventurous (the only variation on static observation of the characters being the nature footage signalling the seasonal changes), but the performances Alda elicits from his co-actors almost justifies this. Within the characterisations, most of the fears and foibles of middle class, middle-aged America may be found. Amusing and worth a look. show more

  • 50
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Partly because of Alda's comedy training on television, he has succeeded in making, for two thirds of its length, an amusing and very commercial film. But the last part shows him failing at what he really wanted to do. [23 May 1981]

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Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy