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Making Love (1982)

R | | Drama | 5 March 1982 (USA)
A successful young L.A. doctor and his equally successful television-producer wife find their happily-ever-after life torn assunder when he suddenly confronts his long-repressed attraction ... See full summary »

Director:

Arthur Hiller

Writers:

Barry Sandler (screenplay), A. Scott Berg (story)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Ontkean ... Zach
Kate Jackson ... Claire
Harry Hamlin ... Bart
Wendy Hiller ... Winnie
Arthur Hill ... Henry
Nancy Olson ... Christine
John Dukakis ... Tim
Terry Kiser ... Harrington
Dennis Howard Dennis Howard ... Larry
Asher Brauner Asher Brauner ... Ted
John Calvin ... David
Gwen Arner Gwen Arner ... Alrene
Gary Swanson ... Ken
Anne Haney ... Lila (as Ann Harvey)
Stanley Kamel ... Charlie
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Storyline

A successful young L.A. doctor and his equally successful television-producer wife find their happily-ever-after life torn assunder when he suddenly confronts his long-repressed attraction for other men. Zach and Claire live a comfortable life secure in their love for one another when Bart, a swinging L.A. novelist, walks into Zach's office and awakens unfamiliar feelings in him. In a move which leaves him wracked with guilt, Zach cancels dinner with his wife in order to go out with Bart. He is inexplicably drawn to this man who seems intent on keeping him at arms distance. Why can't Bart allow their relationship to grow? he wonders. Exasperated, he asks Bart, "Do you snore? Does anybody ever get a chance to find out?" As Zach's absences become more and more frequent, Claire's concern manifests itself in the suspicion that he is having an affair with another woman. Jilted by Bart and feeling alone for the first time in his married life, Zach resolves to tell Claire the truth about ... Written by Mark Fleetwood <mfleetwo@mail.coin.missouri.edu>

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A provocative tale of hidden desire. See more »

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Drama

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This picture was considered one of the most controversial films within the Hollywood film industry in 1982. This movie has also been considered the first Hollywood studio movie that openly and directly marketed a feature film about homosexuality to the general public. The film was part of a breakthrough cycle of mainstream Hollywood studio movies featuring gay partnerships and drag characters. Others included Partners (1982), Cruising (1980), Victor Victoria (1982), Tootsie (1982) and Personal Best (1982). See more »

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Claire: [Drops plate to get Zack's attention] All right, look. We're gonna cut this out and we're gonna talk. You cannot do this to me... it's not fair. Now, I don't know what to do. I don't know what to say. I don't know how to hold you. I don't know whether I should even try to hold you. God, Zack! We've always gotten each other through, because we've never been afraid to share. You've closed yourself off and I feel helpless. I don't know what to do. You can't tell me. Are you sick? Are you in trouble...
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The Goodbye Look
Written by Donald Fagen
Performed by Donald Fagen
Courtesy of Warner Brothers Records
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AN EXCELLENT FILM: AHEAD OF IT'S TIME IN IT'S CONTENT!
24 August 2002 | by AcidQueenSee all my reviews

Although the film "Making Love"(1982) was done over 20 years ago, I felt than and still feel today that it delivers one of the best and strongest messages about gays and lesbians in our society; a message that unfortunately more people need to 'get', even today. The film explores not only the idea of an individual coming to grips with his true sexuality, but provides the viewer with reasons why. It does an excellent job of depicting not only Zack's 'coming out', but the emotional stages both he and Claire go through before,during and afterwards.

There were a few weak mini-scenes, segue ways into bigger more important scenes that would of, or rather could of been done better; but when one sees this film today, one must take into account that this was still a rather taboo subject and not many people, including gays and lesbians were talking about. I strongly suggest seeing this film on video; it has an excellent message, not only about 'homosexual love', but about 'loving another person',period!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1982 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

West Hollywood, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,015,497, 15 February 1982

Gross USA:

$11,897,978

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,897,978
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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