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  • Actors: Carol Burnett, Desiderio (Desi) Arnaz, Amy Stryker, Vittorio Gassman, Geraldine Chaplin
  • Directors: Robert Altman
  • Producers: Robert Altman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Second Sight
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Aug. 2005
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009M9FG4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,390 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Critically acclaimed comedy observing marriage, family life and clashing cultures. When the Corellis and Brenners come together for the joyous occasion of their children's wedding, events get off to a shaky start with the aging Bishop struggling to remember the order of service. As the reception gets under way the wedding-planner looks set to crack, the over-zealous security staff attack one of the guests, infidelities are rife and scandalous secrets are revealed. As chaos ensues and tension rise between the opposing families, 'the big day' moves towards a dramatic conclusion.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Susan J. Sparks on 10 May 2010
Format: DVD
I watched this last night and I thought it was brilliant. It has much in common with Gosford Park, and with Nashville, in terms of interweaving a complex set of characters and storylines, and the great performances by a fantastic cast. This includes Carol Burnett, Desi Arnaz Jr., Mia Farrow and Geraldine Chaplin, who does a great job as a wedding organiser desperately trying to get everyone to behave in the correct fashion in the face of a series of disasters, both man-made and meterological. It's very funny, but also delivers some moments of shock and sadness. Ultimately, it's a very humane film.

But why is it so hard to buy DVDs of Altman films in Europe? Where is Nashville?
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By M. C. Wherly on 29 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A great film for any couple thinking of having a hugely expensive and complex wedding...the message of this very funny comedy is DON'T! Made by Altman in the early eighties, it was way ahead of its time in its not-so-gentle satire on the wretched rituals that have become the 'dogma' of some people's idea of their dream wedding day.
Added delights are the cast: Nina of Nina and Frederick at the start of her brief career as Hollywood star; Lucy and Ricky's first born: Desi Arnez Jr., and a marvellous performance from Carol Burnett. And, as the wicked witch of the proceedings: Geraldine Chaplin as the 'style priestess' of the Great Day.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Black Humor at Its Best 29 April 2003
By Diego Banducci - Published on Amazon.com
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Altman's technique of interweaving plots is perfectly suited to weddings, one-time events where participants, all with their own axes to grind, clash. Filmed in pre-politically correct 1978, this film simply gets better with age. The all-star cast is a joy, especially Lillian Gish and Mia Farrow, who plays a pubescent nymphomaniac.

Unlike Short Cuts or Ready to Wear, but like Nashville and Gosford Manor, this is an Altman film where it all comes together and works. Good stuff.
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
My favorite Robert Altman film . . . 23 Sept. 2007
By Marc Harshbarger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
It is. I could go downstairs right now and watch "A Wedding"--for the upteenth time--and enjoy it all over again. I LOVE this film--even more than Altman's masterpiece, "Nashville". I saw "A Wedding" in the theater when I was a teenager--and, of course, I adored Carol Burnett (still do), so I had to see it. And I believe it was the first Altman film I ever saw, and from that moment on, I was a devoted fan of his.

"A Wedding" has over 40 main characters and lots of plots and subplots, but in a nutshell, it's about a young couple's wedding day that brings together both their families. Ms. Burnett plays the mother of the bride, Tulip, and she's just perfect in the role, which allows her to be hysterically funny and very dramatic. The legendary Lillian Gish plays the dying matriarch who remains upstairs in her bedroom throughout the entire film as various family members pay her a visit. Mia Farrow--in one of her best roles--plays Carol's daughter (the sister of the bride)--she's a mute troubled girl who causes major problems for her family. Desi Arnaz, Jr. (Lucy's handsome son) plays the groom, Pam Dawber (before "Mork & Mindy") plays Desi's ex-girlfriend and the delightful Geraldine Chaplin plays the frantic wedding coordinator--she's comic perfection in this film. Those are just a few of the many terrific actors in "A Wedding", which is very dark, very funny, very disturbing and very entertaining.

Does that sound like a good time to you? If so, then you're invited to attend "A Wedding". I think you'll enjoy yourself.
17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
So close, yet so far 16 Jan. 2005
By Jay Dickson - Published on Amazon.com
Altman's follow-up to NASHVIILE (after having done THREE WOMEN in between) promised to do for the American family and the class system what NASHVILLE itself did for pop culture and democracy. The film doesn't live up to the standard of the earlier film by a long shot, and is much too wild and woolly to suit its topic. Yet it does have some great moments of redemption.

The film explores an afternoon at the home of one of the great wealthy old families in Chicago--the Sloans--as Dino Corelli (Desi Arnaz, Jr.), the grandson of the family's elderly matriarch Netty (Lillian Gish), marries "Muffin" Brenner (Amy Stryker), the brace-faced daughter of a newly wealthy Kentucky trucking company owner. The scenes near the beginning of the wedding guests frantically trying to find bathrooms in the Sloan mansion after the ceremony are as good as anything Altman's ever done. But the film loses a great deal of focus after that: it seems to be missing a center (not enough is done with either the groom or the bride--despite Stryker's promising performance--to make you care enough about either of them). And some of the bits, such as those involving the crazy security team hired to protect the wedding gifts, belong in another film altogether. The film's great redemption is Carol Burnett's performance as Muffin's mother Tulip, a deeply conventional (yet very likable) middle American woman whose life is turned upside down when the groom's wealthy uncle tells her he's fallen in love with her at first sight. At first shocked and (literally) nauseated, Tulip becomes slowly intrigued as she begins to see a possibility for her life she never imagined before. The emotional arc her character takes in the film is amazing: although Burnett's performance has some similarities to her work on her comedy show, it is much more subtle and fleshed out. Her Tulip Brenner, like the best characters in NASHVILLE, is someone you wonder about long after the movie is over: she seems like a real and fully developed person.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Wedding: A Personal Opinion 27 May 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Altman chose a site just a couple of miles from my home in Lake Bluff, Illinois for the location of the mansion in this film. So naturally I was very interested in how it would turn out. The director's touch is unerring here. I was very quickly drawn into the subtley of its approach. He surprised me once or twice with outrageously funny moments. Lauren Hutton is a delight. Less overt storytelling than in the better known Altman classics perhaps, but no less an artfully crafted film. The ending is a quite effective. Worth multiple viewings, this one could sneak up on you.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Great Film 23 Dec. 2012
By Neil Merrick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I had only seen this film once as a rental, and decided to own it. It is funny and very Altman! Carol Burnett was especially funny, as were all! I recommend this movie for Altman fans very much!
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