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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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Yasha Kobik
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Leon Tortshiner
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Reb Nissen Yaroslaver
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Sheva Haddas
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Nathaniel Katzman ...
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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: 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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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Best Films of 1989 (1989) See more »

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Leap Frog
Music by Joe Garland and Les Brown
Performed by Les Brown and His Band of Renown
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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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