Cold Feet

Director: Bruce vanDusen
Screenwriters: Bruce vanDusen

Institute History

  • 1985 Sundance Film Festival


Cold Feet takes a warm, light-hearted look at the difficulties people have in getting romantically involved out of fear of rejection or entrapment. The film follows the evolution of a romance between Tom (Griffin Dunne), a television writer, and Marty (Marissa Chibas), a research scientist. The film begins as their relationships with other people are breaking up. Marty and Tom then retreat into happy, mutual isolation, venturing out infrequently for hapless and hilarious dates. Eventually they meet and the story chronicles their cautious romantic development. The couple risks falling in love the old-fashioned way against the backdrop of America’s sexual revolution and its lack of deep commitment.

Cold Feet is a charming first film, which, according to Box Office Magazine, “has the kind of comedic scenes that worm the heart and are destined to become minor classics.” It’s a film for anyone who has ever been involved in romantic entanglements—just about all of us.”

Screening Details

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