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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
Masha's Mother
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
Nathaniel Katzman ...
Wedding Cantor


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  »

Box Office


$7,754,571 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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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 »


Tamara: The truth is, I have no claim on him. He probably always loved you. I'm, I'm sure he slept with you before me.
Yadwiga: Oh, no! I was an innocent girl! I came to him a virgin.
Tamara: Oh, congratulations. Men love virgins. If every man had his way, every woman would lie down a prostitute and get up a virgin.
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Love Is Here To Stay
Composed by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Billie Holiday
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Extremely well executed, and I hope NEVER to watch it again
8 May 2001 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Singer is a downer (except for the cinematically changed ending of Yentl), and this extremely well-performed and well-directed sado-masochistic tale is no exception. This film truly makes you feel its characters' abundant and excruciating pains. The Holocaust was Hell, and this film convinces me that the only thing worse than getting killed in a concentration camp, is surviving one.

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