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In Praise of Older Women -- Maya is only the first of many mature women that Andras will meet through his teenage and young adult life.


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Stephen Vizinczey (novel)
Paul Gottlieb (screenplay)
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Release Date:
22 September 1978 (Canada) See more »
Andras Varda grows up in a turbulent, war-torn Hungary, where he procures local girls for the occupying G.I.'s during World War II... See more » | Add synopsis »
4 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Tom Berenger and cougars! See more (11 total) »


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Tom Berenger ... Andras Vayda

Karen Black ... Maya

Susan Strasberg ... Bobbie

Helen Shaver ... Ann MacDonald

Marilyn Lightstone ... Klari
Alexandra Stewart ... Paula
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 ... Mother Vayda
Joan Stuart ... Aunt Alice
John Bayliss ... Glen MacDonald
Jon Granik ... Tom Horvath
Budd Knapp ... Father Confessor
Earl Pennington ... Professor Hargitay
Michael Kirby ... Tibor Kovacs
Bronwen Mantel ... Woman in Cafe
Wally Martin ... The Janitor
Arden R. Ryshpan ... Berenice (as Arden Ryshpan)
Tibor Polgár ... The Pianist
Julie Wildman ... Woman at Party
Julie Morand ... Girl Student
Griffith Brewer ... The Fiacre Driver
Walter Bolton ... Second Waiter
Martha Parker ... Girl at Dance
Robert King ... Man with Proclamation
Arthur Grosser ... Party Host
Jeannette Casenave ... Party Hostess
Alexander Godfrey ... First Waiter
Tina Shuster ... Second Girl at Dance
Danny Brainin ... Youth in Class
Casey Stevens ... Second Student
Peter Gottlieb ... Boy on Staircase
Henry Ramer ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Emil Glassbourg ... Dancing Student (uncredited)

Directed by
George Kaczender 
Writing credits
Stephen Vizinczey (novel "In Praise of Older Women")

Paul Gottlieb (screenplay)

Barrie Wexler (narration)

Barrie Wexler (additional text)

Produced by
Harold Greenberg .... executive producer
Claude Héroux .... producer
Robert Lantos .... producer
Howard Lipson .... associate producer (as Howard R. Lipson)
Stephen J. Roth .... executive producer
Original Music by
Tibor Polgár 
Cinematography by
Miklós Lente 
Film Editing by
George Kaczender 
Peter Wintonick 
Art Direction by
Wolf Kroeger 
Set Decoration by
Csaba András Kertész  (as Csaba Kertesz)
Costume Design by
Olga Dimitrov 
Makeup Department
David Beckett .... hair stylist
Jocelyne Bellemare .... assistant makeup artist
Michèle Dion .... makeup artist
Jean-Max Guérin .... assistant hair stylist (as Jean Guérin)
Production Management
Wendy Grean .... unit manager
Roger Héroux .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Braive .... first assistant director
Daniel Hausmann .... second assistant director
Ariane Ochrymouych .... third assistant director
Art Department
Jean Bourret .... assistant property master
Csaba András Kertész .... set dresser (as Csaba Kertesz)
Stéphane Reichel .... assistant art director
Norman Simpson .... property master (as Normand Simpson)
Roméo Turcotte .... construction manager
Kathy Wadas .... property buyer
Sound Department
Henri Blondeau .... location sound
Joe Grimaldi .... sound re-recording mixer
Les Halman .... sound editor
Larry Lynn .... boom operator
Ken Pagé .... post-synchronisation sound effects
Peter Wintonick .... assistant sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
John Berrie .... gaffer
Jean-Yves Bruel .... still photographer
Michel Paul Bélisle .... best boy (as Michel-Paul Belisle)
Pierre Davreux .... grip
Attila Dory .... still photographer
Yves Drapeau .... first assistant camera
André Magny .... key grip
Yves Paquette .... electrician
Ernest Spiteri .... camera loader
Mario Toledo .... still photographer
Casting Department
Howard Feuer .... casting: New York
Karen Hazzard .... casting: Toronto
Jeremy Ritzer .... casting: New York
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Renée April .... wardrobe staff (as René April)
Anne-Denise Carette .... wardrobe staff
Chrylla Hagen .... wardrobe staff
Jack Hay .... wardrobe staff
Peter Horne .... wardrobe staff
Ann Kewley .... assistant to costume designer
Sylvie Laurier .... wardrobe staff
Johanne Prégent .... dresser
Editorial Department
Jim Campabanal .... negative cutter (as Jim Campabadal)
Monika Dorfman .... assistant editor
Music Department
Moe Koffman .... conductor
Other crew
Manon Bougie-Boyer .... production accountant
Linda Browne .... production secretary
Carol Campbell .... production services
Alex Dukay .... production assistant
Wendy Grean .... location manager
Gary Greenspoon .... production assistant
Allan Hitelman .... financial consultant
Douglas Leopold .... unit publicist
Harriet Lipson-Coulombe .... publicity assistant
Jacques Pinard .... production assistant
Elaine Yarish .... script girl
Crew believed to be complete

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110 min
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Tom Berenger and cougars!, 19 February 2014
Author: BlackJack_B

George Kaczender's In Praise of Older Women, from Stephen Vizinczey's novel of the same name, is an extremely controversial film. The Canadian version of the MPAA objected to the nudity and explicit simulated sex in the film and would not release it unless Kaczender removed 2 minutes of footage. Kaczender was willing to remove 10 seconds of footage. Eventually, a compromise was reached and 30 seconds were edited out of the film. IPOW was released in 1978 and won 4 "Genie" Awards.

Regardless, IPOW is nothing more than a classier version of the type of film The Asylum would produce in 2014. Tom Berenger, in his second notable film appearance, plays Andras Vayda, a young man who wants to be a professor and is looking for love. Thing is, he doesn't want to get frisky with women his own age. He seems more interested in seducing women who are 15 years his senior or older. Throughout the movie, he has affairs with a number of older women throughout a 12 year period played by the likes of Karen Black, Marilyn Lightstone, Susan Strasburg, Alexandra Stewart and Helen Shaver (who was actually 2 years younger than Berenger was) while an older voice representing him narrates at times.

Despite being nothing more than soft core pornography, there are some good scenes. Alberta Watson, another one of his conquests, plays a cabaret singer dressed in a French outfit who sings a seductive song that piques his interest. Shaver, who won a "Genie" for her character of Ann MacDonald, offers some light comic relief and Black is as solid as ever as Maya, the gateway to Andras' love of cougars. Berenger shows promise as an actor early on but despite his top billing, cedes to the established actresses. The movie also uses the 1956 Hungarian Revolution as a backdrop and then later his time as a professor in Montreal.

While not a great piece of cinema, it is a good film among 1970's erotica and it's elevated by the big names in the cast, present and future. Certainly worth a look for curiosity sake.

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