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Maria's Lovers (1984)

R | | Drama, Romance | January 1985 (USA)
Ivan Bibic returns to his Pittsburgh PA suburb after surviving a Japanse POW camp, causing regular nightmares. All the time he remained faithfully devoted to his childhood love, fellow ... See full summary »

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(as Andrei Konchalovsky)

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(screenplay) (as Gerard Brach), (screenplay) (as Andrei Konchalovsky) | 2 more credits »
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Ivan Bibic returns to his Pittsburgh PA suburb after surviving a Japanse POW camp, causing regular nightmares. All the time he remained faithfully devoted to his childhood love, fellow ethnic Yugoslavian virgin Maria Bosic. She dates him again, thus ruining a virtual engagement to captain Al Griselli. Against Ivan's dad's advice, they get married. But Ivan became psychologically impotent, feels unworthy of her and starts wondering, even looking for another girl. Meanwhile slick guitar-and-song-busker Clarence Butts moves in to South-Western PA, and seduces Maria. Written by KGF Vissers

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Desired by all... But loved by only one. See more »

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Los amantes de María  »

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First of a number of American films that Russian director Andrey Konchalovskiy made for production house Cannon Films during the 1980s. See more »

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Featured in Robert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star (1991) See more »

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(I'll Be With You) In Apple Blossom Time
Written by Neville Fleeson (as Fleeson) / Albert von Tilzer (as Von Tilzer)
Performed by The Andrews Sisters
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Someone call Leslie Bricusse
23 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The director is credited with the song "Maria's Eyes", but having just seen a theater version of Dr. Dolittle, I heard a song that sounded too similar for coincidence: "When I Look in Your Eyes", written by Leslie Bricusse. However, I'll grant that the original lacks something by being sung to a seal instead of Natassja Kinksi.

Aside from the musical borrowing, you have to admire Konchalovsky for wanting to tackle the material, revolving around small-town characters and impotence; he really brings out the dignified melancholy of a rust-belt town with steep streets, passing freight trains, weak sunlight and beautiful countryside. The movie is uneven in places, mostly from the performances: Kinski seems unsure whether to play her character modestly or with sashaying allure; Savage has a tough job playing an unsympathetic character, but sometimes makes it worse with explosive histrionics; Mitchum is stuck with bad dialog ("those eyes"). Raising the movie above these problems is a good basic story, affecting shots and images, and the majority of Kinski and Savage's scenes together.


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