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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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Rabbi Lembeck
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Masha's Mother
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Leon Tortshiner
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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
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This film was one of a number of movies in a 1980s Hollywood cycle of pictures about divorce. Initiated by the Best Picture Oscar winning film Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), the cycle included that movie as well as Shoot the Moon (1982), The Champ (1979), Author! Author! (1982), Table for Five (1983), Heartburn (1986), Irreconcilable Differences (1984), Enemies: A Love Story (1989), The Good Mother (1988), The War of the Roses (1989) and The Last Married Couple in America (1980). See more »

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Herman: The last two men on Earth, they would kill each other.
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Sunny Side Of The Street
Composed by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Performed by Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
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Surprisingly good
28 August 2000 | by 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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