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Enemies: A Love Story (1989)

A ghostwriter finds himself romantically involved with his current wife, a married woman and his long-vanished wife.

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Yadwiga (as Margaret Sophie Stein)
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Rabbi Lembeck
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Masha's Mother
Rita Karin ...
Mrs. Schreier
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Pesheles
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Yasha Kobik
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Leon Tortshiner
L.J. Dollinger ...
Reb Nissen Yaroslaver
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Sheva Haddas
Arthur Grosser ...
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Burney Lieberman ...
Yom Kippur Cantor
Nathaniel Katzman ...
Wedding 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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13 December 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Enemigos - Una historia de amor  »

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$7,754,571 (USA)
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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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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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Happy Talk
Composed by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Juanita Hall
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Surprisingly good
28 August 2000 | by (Panama City, Panama) – See all my reviews

It's one of those stories that may be better in print or would have more impact on the stage, however this works suprisingly well on film. The superb acting allows it to be both effective as a drama and comedy.For those familiar with NYC in the late 40's, the setting is most believable.It's far from boring, but one must adapt to the slow pace of the movie, which in fact, proves to be an asset.All 'n all; well done. 7/10


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