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Enemies, A Love Story (1989)

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A ghostwriter finds himself romantically involved with his current wife, a married woman and his long-vanished wife.

Director:

Paul Mazursky

Writers:

Isaac Bashevis Singer (novel), Roger L. Simon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Silver ... Herman
Anjelica Huston ... Tamara
Lena Olin ... Masha
Malgorzata Zajaczkowska ... Yadwiga (as Margaret Sophie Stein)
Alan King ... Rabbi Lembeck
Judith Malina ... Masha's Mother
Rita Karin Rita Karin ... Mrs. Schreier
Phil Leeds ... Pesheles
Elya Baskin ... Yasha Kobik
Paul Mazursky ... Leon Tortshiner
L.J. Dollinger L.J. Dollinger ... Reb Nissen Yaroslaver
Zypora Spaisman Zypora Spaisman ... Sheva Haddas
Arthur Grosser ... Doctor
Burney Lieberman Burney Lieberman ... Yom Kippur Cantor
Nathaniel Katzman Nathaniel Katzman ... Wedding Cantor
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Storyline

Set in 1949 New York, a Holocaust survivor who makes a living as a ghostwriter for a Jewish rabbi, finds himself involved with three women - his current wife, a passionate affair with a married woman, and his long-vanished wife whom he thought was killed during the war and suddenly reappears. The film concentrates on the views of the Jewish survivors, who no longer abide by religious morales and question a God who could let the Holocaust occur. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This film was one of a number of movies in a 1980s Hollywood cycle of pictures about divorce. Initiated by the Best Picture Oscar winning film Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), the cycle included that movie as well as Shoot the Moon (1982), The Champ (1979), Author! Author! (1982), Table for Five (1983), Heartburn (1986), Irreconcilable Differences (1984), Enemies, A Love Story (1989), The Good Mother (1988), The War of the Roses (1989) and The Last Married Couple in America (1980). See more »

Quotes

Herman: The last two men on Earth, they would kill each other.
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Connections

References A Double Life (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

Palestina (Lena From Palesteena)
Written by Con Conrad and J. Russel Robinson
Performed by The Klezmer Conservatory Band
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Extremely well executed, and I hope NEVER to watch it again
8 May 2001 | by aromaticSee all my reviews

Singer is a downer (except for the cinematically changed ending of Yentl), and this extremely well-performed and well-directed sado-masochistic tale is no exception. This film truly makes you feel its characters' abundant and excruciating pains. The Holocaust was Hell, and this film convinces me that the only thing worse than getting killed in a concentration camp, is surviving one.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enemies, A Love Story See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,636, 17 December 1989

Gross USA:

$7,754,571

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,754,571
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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