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Making Love (1982)

R | | Drama | 5 March 1982 (USA)
A successful young L.A. doctor and his equally successful television-producer wife find their happily-ever-after life torn assunder when he suddenly confronts his long-repressed attraction ... See full summary »

Director:

Arthur Hiller

Writers:

Barry Sandler (screenplay), A. Scott Berg (story)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Ontkean ... Zach
Kate Jackson ... Claire
Harry Hamlin ... Bart
Wendy Hiller ... Winnie
Arthur Hill ... Henry
Nancy Olson ... Christine
John Dukakis ... Tim
Terry Kiser ... Harrington
Dennis Howard Dennis Howard ... Larry
Asher Brauner Asher Brauner ... Ted
John Calvin ... David
Gwen Arner Gwen Arner ... Alrene
Gary Swanson ... Ken
Anne Haney ... Lila (as Ann Harvey)
Stanley Kamel ... Charlie
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A successful young L.A. doctor and his equally successful television-producer wife find their happily-ever-after life torn assunder when he suddenly confronts his long-repressed attraction for other men. Zach and Claire live a comfortable life secure in their love for one another when Bart, a swinging L.A. novelist, walks into Zach's office and awakens unfamiliar feelings in him. In a move which leaves him wracked with guilt, Zach cancels dinner with his wife in order to go out with Bart. He is inexplicably drawn to this man who seems intent on keeping him at arms distance. Why can't Bart allow their relationship to grow? he wonders. Exasperated, he asks Bart, "Do you snore? Does anybody ever get a chance to find out?" As Zach's absences become more and more frequent, Claire's concern manifests itself in the suspicion that he is having an affair with another woman. Jilted by Bart and feeling alone for the first time in his married life, Zach resolves to tell Claire the truth about ... Written by Mark Fleetwood <mfleetwo@mail.coin.missouri.edu>

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A provocative tale of hidden desire. See more »

Genres:

Drama

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The film was meant to be an antidote to William Friedkin's "Cruising," which was released two years before, in order to portray gay men in a more positive light. See more »

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Claire: Crepe paper is a bitch to tear.
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MAKING LOVE
Written by Carole Bayer Sager, Burt Bacharach & Bruce Roberts
Performed by Roberta Flack
Produced by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager
(P) 1982 Atlantic Recording Corp.
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groundbreaking - ahead of its time
24 April 2001 | by gzaglinSee all my reviews

Saw this movie in 1982, and remember the gasps of the audience before half the theater left.

Saw it again 4/24/2001 on Fox Movie, and was amazed at how relevent this movie still is, and how it anticpated the sensitivity which we now take for granted in the portrayal of homoerotic themes.

My hats off to Barry Sandler and Arthur Hill for doing this way before it's time, and to Michael Otkean and Harry Hamlin for a willingness to take on the roles of two gay men way before the American public was ready to see it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1982 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

West Hollywood, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,015,497, 15 February 1982

Gross USA:

$11,897,978

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,897,978
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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