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Love Is Only a Word (1971)

Liebe ist nur ein Wort (original title)
Verena Angenford, the beautiful and sensible wife of a powerful banker falls in love with the 21 year old school-boy Oliver Mansfeld. They start a love affair, believing that Verna's ... See full summary »

Director:

Alfred Vohrer

Writers:

Manfred Purzer (screenplay), Johannes Mario Simmel (novel)
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1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judy Winter ... Verena Angenfort
Herbert Fleischmann ... Manfred Angenfort
Malte Thorsten Malte Thorsten ... Oliver Mansfeld
Donata Höffer Donata Höffer ... Geraldine Reber
Karl Walter Diess ... Butler Leo (as Carl Walter Diess)
Joey Schoenfelder Joey Schoenfelder ... Hansi
Konrad Georg Konrad Georg ... Professor
Friedrich Siemers Friedrich Siemers ... Dr. Florian
Bernd Redecker Bernd Redecker ... Walter Colland
Manuel Iregsusi Manuel Iregsusi ... Raschid
Friedrich G. Beckhaus ... Kommissar Hardenberg (as Friedrich Georg Beckhaus)
Holger Hagen Holger Hagen ... Dr. Haberl
Inge Langen Inge Langen ... Katharina Mansfeld, Olivers Mutter
Dieter Wagner Dieter Wagner ... Deutschlehrer
Ossi Eckmüller Ossi Eckmüller ... Zollbeamter (as Oskar Eckmüller)
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Storyline

Verena Angenford, the beautiful and sensible wife of a powerful banker falls in love with the 21 year old school-boy Oliver Mansfeld. They start a love affair, believing that Verna's husband doesn't realize what's happening. Verena and Oliver spend a wonderful time together, months full of love and passion, until Paul Angenford forces Verena to stop their affair. But the young couple are willing to fight for their love and resist Angenford's threats... Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Details

Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

12 November 1971 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Love Is Only a Word See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Roxy Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

Carl Lange was supposed to play a role called Dr. Knörer, but doesn't appear in the final film version and isn't credited either. See more »

Connections

Remade as Liebe ist nur ein Wort (2010) See more »

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Melodrama with an edge
30 October 1998 | by SMK-4See all my reviews

Pretty much an ordinary melodrama of an adulterous affair of a woman with a younger man and the jealous reaction of her husband. Still, it was probably quite a novelty in 1971 with the freshly relaxed censorship situation, e.g. there is more sex and violence than in any Douglas Sirk melodrama. This gives the film an extra tough edge which traditional melodramas are missing and which seems strangely appropriate for the genre, albeit unfamiliar.

The above words might have given you a wrong impression: this film does not feature wild sex orgies rudely interrupted by someone with a large machete. No, it simply pushed the boundaries of the genre into the 1970s. It's the kind of film British TV companies are likely to produce as a TV movie for their after 9pm program slot.


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