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Making Love (1982)

 -  Drama  -  5 March 1982 (USA)
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A successful young L.A. doctor and his equally successful television-producer wife find their happily-ever-after life torn assunder when he suddenly confronts his long-repressed attraction ... See full summary »

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Winnie
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Harrington
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Alrene
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Lila (as Ann Harvey)
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A successful young L.A. doctor and his equally successful television-producer wife find their happily-ever-after life torn assunder when he suddenly confronts his long-repressed attraction for other men. Zach and Claire live a comfortable life secure in their love for one another when Bart, a swinging L.A. novelist, walks into Zach's office and awakens unfamiliar feelings in him. In a move which leaves him wracked with guilt, Zach cancels dinner with his wife in order to go out with Bart. He is inexplicably drawn to this man who seems intent on keeping him at arms distance. Why can't Bart allow their relationship to grow? he wonders. Exasperated, he asks Bart, "Do you snore? Does anybody ever get a chance to find out?" As Zach's absences become more and more frequent, Claire's concern manifests itself in the suspicion that he is having an affair with another woman. Jilted by Bart and feeling alone for the first time in his married life, Zach resolves to tell Claire the truth about ... Written by Mark Fleetwood <mfleetwo@mail.coin.missouri.edu>

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A provocative tale of hidden desire.

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Trivia

One of the film's movie posters/press ads featured a long descriptive preamble that told the public in a subtle way that the film was about a homosexual love affair between two men. It read: "After eight years of marriage, Claire had everything, a loving husband and an exciting career. Suddenly, Claire's whole world is threatened when she learns that her husband is involved in a love affair, but not with another woman. MAKING LOVE is the sensitive story of a courageous husband and wife who deal honestly with their problem. There's more to love than... MAKING LOVE". See more »

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Zach opens a book called "Good Intentions", and looks at it for a few seconds, then nodding afterward like he had read some line that struck him, yet when he opened the book, he opened it from the cover and not to a page and both sides were completely blank and white with no text to read. See more »

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Bart: "If it feels good, do it. You don't get any points for playing by the rules."
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It Broke the Mold
12 June 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The picture frequently gets a bad rap for being soap-opera-ish, timid, too white, too pat, etc. It remains a groundbreaker, for up to that time (1982), gays were either comedic relief, self-pitying ("Boys In the Band" - 1970), psycho-killers, or victims (includes "Philadelphia" - 1993). Released by a major studio (Fox), the film features characters who have some inner turmoil (the married doctor yearns for male affection in a carefree writer), but are NOT any of the above, which is refreshing and unheard of in 1982. Director Arthur Hiller (the supporting cast includes Arthur HILL and Wendy HILLER), elicits superb performances from Michael Ontkean, Kate Jackson, and Harry Hamlin, backed by Leonard Rosenman's pretty score, including the title track, this is a captivating, touching drama with no violent, tragic, degrading ending. How many times has one see that depicted in a gay-themed motion picture?


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