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In Praise of Older Women (1978)

Andras Vajda grows up in a turbulent, war-torn Hungary, where he procures local girls for the occupying G.I.'s during World War II. Disappointed by girls of his age, he meets Maya, a ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Berenger ... Andras Vajda
Karen Black ... Maya
Susan Strasberg ... Bobbie
Helen Shaver ... Ann MacDonald
Marilyn Lightstone ... Klari
Alexandra Stewart ... Paula
Marianne McIsaac Marianne McIsaac ... Julika
Alberta Watson ... Mitzi
Ian Tracey ... Andras Vajda Jr.
Monique Lepage ... The Countess
Louise Marleau ... Woman in Elevator
Jill Frappier ... Lady Teacher
Mignon Elkins Mignon Elkins ... Mother Vajda
Joan Stuart Joan Stuart ... Aunt Alice
John Bayliss John Bayliss ... Glen MacDonald


Andras Vajda grows up in a turbulent, war-torn Hungary, where he procures local girls for the occupying G.I.'s during World War II. Disappointed by girls of his age, he meets Maya, a married women in her thirties, who tutors him in the lessons of love and romance. Maya is only the first of many mature women that Andras will meet through his teenage and young adult life. Written by alfiehitchie

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The story that turned on millions of PLAYBOY Magazine readers in the October issue.


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English | French | Italian

Release Date:

22 September 1978 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

A Carreira de um Sedutor See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada


Box Office


CAD 1,500,000 (estimated)
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Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the very first movie screened by the Toronto Film Festival (now the Toronto International Film Festival). See more »


The adolescent character portrayed by Ian Tracey is listed in the end credits as Andras Jr. This is incorrect as he is not the son of adult Andras (the character portrayed by Tom Berenger). The two are the same character at different stages of life. See more »

Alternate Versions

An unrated version six minutes longer than the R-rated version was screened in Quebec. The unrated version later has been released on video in English and also dubbed in French. See more »


References The 400 Blows (1959) See more »


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in praise of sheer idiocy
26 February 2001 | by CherubinSee all my reviews

"In Praise of Older Women" is relatively true to the excellent psychological/philosophical novel it is based on. However, the problem is that all its intellectual elements (such as its theories about the reasoning behind promiscuity) are removed in the adaptation. The result is a soft porn movie which is unintentionally hilarious due to awkwardness and bad acting. Andras, the skirt-chasing protagonist, is presented as a dip who throws a temper tantrum when one of his lovers leaves him and delivers lines like "Give us the grand tour, pops." or "This exquisite antique ashtray could be yours if you promise to become my lover." as awkwardly as if he actually knew how lame he sounded (which Tom Berenger, who played him, probably did). A bad acting award should also go to the girl who played Andras´s first teenage girlfriend. She delivers her lines as if the characters she talked to were puppies or newborn babies but then, as my friend pointed out, she actually does act like a stupid flirty girl in her early teens who does not know what she wants in a boyfriend. The actresses who play Andras´s more adult girlfriends admittedly do a better job but still, they mostly play along with the soft porn cliche of upper class semi-intellectuals who treat sex as if it was art collecting or jogging. What do they see in a dork like Andras at their age anyway ? Also, what´s the deal with some of the Hungarian characters having Hungarian accents and the other Magyars having AMERICAN accents ? Nevertheless, I must reemphasize that this movie is fun. It made me laugh more than most typical "comedies" and some of the dramatic scenes, such as the one where Andras must flee Hungary , actually do work dramatically. The sex scenes, while pretty mild by today´s standards, look relatively realistic. The insights into Hungarian culture are interesting too. Nevertheless, trash is trash and I love it !

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