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In Praise of Older Women (1978)

Andras Vajda grows up in a turbulent, war-torn Hungary, where he procures local girls for the occupying G.I.'s during World War II. Disappointed by girls of his age, he meets Maya, a ... See full summary »

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George Kaczender

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Stephen Vizinczey (novel), Paul Gottlieb (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Berenger ... Andras Vajda
Karen Black ... Maya
Susan Strasberg ... Bobbie
Helen Shaver ... Ann MacDonald
Marilyn Lightstone ... Klari
Alexandra Stewart ... Paula
Marianne McIsaac Marianne McIsaac ... Julika
Alberta Watson ... Mitzi
Ian Tracey ... Andras Vajda Jr.
Monique Lepage ... The Countess
Louise Marleau ... Woman in Elevator
Jill Frappier ... Lady Teacher
Mignon Elkins Mignon Elkins ... Mother Vajda
Joan Stuart Joan Stuart ... Aunt Alice
John Bayliss John Bayliss ... Glen MacDonald
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Storyline

Andras Vajda grows up in a turbulent, war-torn Hungary, where he procures local girls for the occupying G.I.'s during World War II. Disappointed by girls of his age, he meets Maya, a married women in her thirties, who tutors him in the lessons of love and romance. Maya is only the first of many mature women that Andras will meet through his teenage and young adult life. Written by alfiehitchie

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The story that turned on millions of PLAYBOY Magazine readers in the October issue.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English | French | Italian

Release Date:

22 September 1978 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

A Carreira de um Sedutor See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Budget:

CAD1,500,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

This was the very first movie screened by the Toronto Film Festival (now the Toronto International Film Festival). See more »

Goofs

The adolescent character portrayed by Ian Tracey is listed in the end credits as Andras Jr. This is incorrect as he is not the son of adult Andras (the character portrayed by Tom Berenger). The two are the same character at different stages of life. See more »

Alternate Versions

An unrated version six minutes longer than the R-rated version was screened in Quebec. The unrated version later has been released on video in English and also dubbed in French. See more »


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Bon Voyage Mes Amours
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Not at all bad, in fact; quite good
4 June 2005 | by ODDBearSee all my reviews

To be very honest, I can't really disagree with some of the negative reviews out there concerning this film. But every once in a while, some movie appeals to you and deep down you know that it's really not that good. As for this one, I've seen it a few times and I always enjoy it.

The film basically covers all of Berenger's sexual adventures with women who are somewhat older than he is. While he seems to fall deeply in love with them, these relationships don't seem to work out for him.

I really don't know what point this film is trying to make. Berenger's first real intimate relationship with Karen Black ends when he's unfaithful to her, his next one when he goes to Canada to escape turmoil in his country and leaves his rebel woman behind, the third woman is simply frigid and dumps him after he finally gets her off and finally he can't make it work with Helen Shaver.

I simply enjoy the movie. Tom Berenger is my favorite actor and he's very appealing here, as always. On the whole, this film is well acted, Karen Black very good especially. The movie looks good enough, with convincing settings, but I think it was produced on a relatively low budget. It's fairly dramatic at times, especially when he has to leave one girlfriend behind in war ridden Hungary.

This movie ain't spectacular or anything, but I like it.

One quibble; what's with that poster. Seems like a porno flick, definitely not the cover for this film.


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