Chilly Scenes of Winter | 1979

Directed by: Joan Micklin Silver

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Main Plot

Charles is a bored civil servant struggling through a harsh Utah winter. He spends most of his time reflecting on his romance with Laura, a coworker who left him to return to her husband, an A-Frame salesman.


  • John Heard plays the character named Charles in the film "Chilly Scenes of Winter." He is the main protagonist who navigates a complicated romantic relationship.
  • Mary Beth Hurt's character in "Chilly Scenes of Winter" is called Laura and she is the love interest of the protagonist.
  • Peter Riegert plays the character named Charles in "Chilly Scenes of Winter," who is the love interest of the protagonist.

Ending Explained

In the ending of "Chilly Scenes of Winter," Charles finally realizes that he cannot force Laura to love him. He decides to let her go and move on with his life. They part ways, but Charles finds solace in the fact that he can still cherish the memories they shared. He is seen walking alone in the snow, accepting the bittersweet nature of their relationship and embracing the future with newfound hope and resilience.

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Joan Micklin Silver John Heard Mary Beth Hurt Peter Riegert