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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.



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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yadwiga (as Margaret Sophie Stein)
Rabbi Lembeck
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Rita Karin ...
Mrs. Schreier
Yasha Kobik
Leon Tortshiner
L.J. Dollinger ...
Reb Nissen Yaroslaver
Zypora Spaisman ...
Sheva Haddas
Arthur Grosser ...
Burney Lieberman ...
Yom Kippur Cantor
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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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Release Date:

13 December 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Enemigos - Una historia de amor  »

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$7,754,571 (USA)

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Did You Know?


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 »


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One of Paul Mazursky's high points.
4 March 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

I once read about how Paul Mazursky's career as a director has gravitated between very well done ("Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice", "Moscow on the Hudson") and what-was-he-thinking?! ("Scenes from a Mall", "The Flying Pickle"). Well, I can say with certainty that "Enemies: A Love Story" is one of his good ones. Portraying Holocaust survivor Herman Broder (Ron Silver) living in New York in 1949 and suddenly surrounded by three women (his current wife, another married woman, and his first wife whom he believed to be dead), the movie presents an eye-opening situation. It's like a slice-of-life story taken one step further. As the three women, Margaret Sophie Stein, Lena Olin, and Anjelica Huston do a very good job. Definitely worth seeing.

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