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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 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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enemigos - Una historia de amor 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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Trivia

Anjelica Huston and Lena Olin were both nominated to Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress. In the end, the Oscar went to Brenda Fricker for "My Left Foot". Paul Mazursky and Roger L. Simon were also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. The Oscar went to Alfred Uhry for "Driving Miss Daisy". See more »

Quotes

Tamara: Don't worry. She won't divorce you. If she does, you can always go to the other one. She throws you out too -- you can come to me.
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References A Double Life (1947) See more »

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Leap Frog
Music by Joe Garland and Les Brown
Performed by Les Brown and His Band of Renown
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Well-acted but hollow...
29 March 2008 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Filmmaker Paul Mazursky obviously lavished a lot of love on "Enemies: A Love Story", but the material's thin design shows through, that and a curiously limited budget which gives the nostalgic trimmings a misplaced, artificial appearance. Pretentious drama adapted from Isaac Bashevis Singer's novel takes place in New York 1949, with Holocaust survivor Ron Silver involved with three different women: his second wife, his mistress, and his first wife long thought deceased. Solid acting by Silver and Lena Olin, superb work by Anjelica Huston nearly keeps this stilted formula afloat, but the period flavor was too elaborate a feat for low-budget Mazursky to capture, and the finale is sadly ineffective. ** from ****


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