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A Wedding Details


Robert Altman's over-frenetic satire on American marriage rituals and hypocrisy concerns the upper-crust marriage between Dino Corelli (Desi Arnaz Jr.) and Muffin Brenner (Amy Stryker). As the film begins, a senile bishop forgets the lines to the wedding ceremony and Nettie Sloan (the groom's grandmother) drops dead in an upstairs bedroom. Nettie's death is not disclosed to the two families who converge at the wedding reception. As the two sets of in-laws slam into each other, the bride and groom disappear in the ensuing whirlwind of chaos as both extended families vie for sexual favors and try to keep hidden never-discussed family secrets. Regina Corelli (Nina Van Pallandt) is revealed to be a drug addict, while Luigi, is endeavoring unsuccessfully to keep his Mafia connections under wraps. Meanwhile, the bride's family, although more down to earth, are revealed to be no better. Tulip Brenner (Carol Burnett) begins to flirt with one of the wedding guests, Mackenzie Goddard (Pat McCormick), while Snooks Brenner (Paul Dooley) acts like a lout and drinks heavily. And flying around the edges of the action like Tinkerbell is Buffy Brenner, the Brenners' youngest daughter, who is pregnant by the groom. As other characters bang into each other -- sexual degenerates, hard-nosed radicals, raw-boned emotional wrecks -- the wedding reception heads for its inevitable nuclear explosion. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Carol Burnett Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1978 Nominee


Carol Burnett
as Tulip Brenner
Paul Dooley
as Snooks Brenner
Mia Farrow
as Buffy Brenner
Amy Stryker
as Muffin Brenner
Lillian Gish
as Nettie Sloan
Howard Duff
as Dr. Jules Meecham
Geraldine Chaplin
as Rita Billingsley
Dennis Christopher
as Hughie Brenner
Lauren Hutton
as Florence Farmer
Gerald Busby
as David Ruteledge
Peggy Ann Garner
as Candice Ruteledge
Vittorio Gassman
as Luigi Corelli
Desi Arnaz, Jr.
as Dino Corelli
Dina Merrill
as Antoinette Sloan Goddard
Pat McCormick
as Mackenzie Goddard
John Cromwell
as Bishop Martin
John Considine
as Jeff Kuykendall
Viveca Lindfors
as Ingrid Hellstrom
Robert Fortier
as Jim Habor
Bert Remsen
as William Williamson
Ellie Albers
as Gypsy Violinist
Cedric Scott
as Randolph
Ruth Nelson
as Beatrice Sloan Cory
Gavan O'Herlihy
as Wilson Briggs
Jeffrey Jones
as Ruteledge Child
Virginia Vestoff
as Clarice Sloan
Allan Nicholls
as Jake Jacobs
Marta Heflin
as Shelby Munker
Margaret Ladd
as Ruby Spar
Ann Ryerson
as Victoria Cory
Nina Van Pallandt
as Regina Corelli
Margery Bond
as Lombardo
Tim Thomerson
as Russell Bean
Patricia Resnick
as Redford
Jeff Perry
as Bunky Lemay
Beverly Ross
as Nurse Janet Schulman
Maureen Steindler
as Libby Clinton
Mona Abboud
as Melba Lear
Luigi Proietti
as Dino Corelli I
Dennis Franz
as Koons
Pam Dawber
as Tracy Farrell
Mary Seibel
as Aunt Marge Spar
Belita Moreno
as Daphne Corelli
Tony Llorens
as Piano Player


Robert Altman
Robert Altman
Tommy Thompson
John Considine
Screen Story
John Considine
Robert Altman
Robert Altman
Screen Story
Patricia Resnick
Allan Nicholls
John Hotchkis
Composer (Music Score)
Tom Waits
Composer (Music Score)
Tony Lombardo
Scott Bushnell
Associate Producer
Tommy Thompson
Executive Producer
Jim Stuebe
Sound/Sound Designer
Chris McLaughlin
Sound/Sound Designer
Bob Dahlin
First Assistant Director
Tommy Thompson
First Assistant Director
Peter L. Bergquist
First Assistant Director