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In Spite of Love (1994)
"Spoils of War" (original title)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Family  |  9 April 1994 (USA)
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In 1970s New York, Martin (Maguire) hopes to locate his father and possibly reunite the parents who have been bitterly separated since he was born.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Walker ...
Morris Panych ...
Vilmos (as Eric Keenlyside)
Robert Wisden ...
James Bell ...
David Lovgren ...
Assistant Art Director
Lady in Street
Archie (as Roger Cross)


In the turbulent '60s, starry-eyed activists Andrew and Elise (Heard, Nelligan) fell in love briefly before going their separate ways, and their son Martin (Maguire) has lived with his nomadic mother ever since. When her latest whim leads them back home to New York City and the old circle of friends, a now-teenaged Martin's natural curiosity fuels his inclination to contact the father he has never really known. Though it takes little time to locate him, reforging a relationship could take much longer, and it's bound to be complicated by old feuds, painful wounds, friends' lingering resentment, and Andrew's new girlfriend. Written by Kay-22

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The original Broadway production of "Spoils of War" by Michael Weller opened at the Music Box Theater in New York on November 10, 1988 and ran for 36 performances. Kate Nelligan was nominated for the 1989 Tony Award (New York City) for Actress in a Musical and recreated her role in this filmed production. Michael Weller also wrote the screenplay that was based on his play See more »

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15 August 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Sorry but this film was a real disappointment to watch, and with a weird ending to the film. It seems to me this film was only saying "Dont over drink when you have children" which normal people don't that I know of,unless your alcoholic other that nothing els. The writer's needs to rethink about their story lines and ending to keep the people watching their films, you cant complain about the actors they tried to do it Justice. But it was long winded and boring to watch like the old saying you can't flog a dead horse I am sorry to say.That is the reason why I gave this film a marking of only 4 and that was only due to the actors performance which was good.

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