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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

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 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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Taglines:

A provocative tale of hidden desire.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Su otro amor See more »

Filming Locations:

West Hollywood, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,015,497, 15 March 1982, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,897,978
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At least fifteen leading male Hollywood actors turned down the lead role of Zack in this movie. These included Harrison Ford, Michael Douglas, Richard Gere, Tom Berenger, Peter Strauss, and William Hurt, the latter of whom would within three years play a gay role in Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985) and win a Best Actor Oscar for it. They all expressed reservations about the subject matter. See more »

Quotes

Zach Elliot: It's something you don't have any control over. I mean, whether you're born with it or acquire it, who knows? But there's something in me that needs to be with a man.
Claire: My God!
Zach Elliot: Maybe it's his strength, his attitude. Maybe he's everything I'm not, I don't know. Maybe it's brotherhood, bonding, release. Maybe it's just the need for another man's approval. But it's that feeling...
Claire: Stop it! God!
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Another World
Written by Joe Jackson
Performed by Joe Jackson
Courtesy of A&M Records
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Ahead of it's time
1 January 1999 | by ML368See all my reviews

This is a beautiful story that was years ahead of its time. It deals with a young doctor who realizes that he is gay and the consequences it has on his marriage and his life. As the lead character begins to explore his new sexual identity, he gets involved with a commitment phobic writer and the movie explores issues of commitment, love, infidelity, rejection. But most importantly the movie shows the importance of being true to oneself. It is an extremely gay positive film and the filmmakers are not afraid to explore the depths of the characters struggle. All characters are portrayed honestly and realistically and the viewer is never given the feeling that the filmmakers are trying so hard to get the approval of the straight audience as in "Philadelphia". It is simply an honest and accurate portrayal of one man coming to terms with being gay. All performances are top notch and the ending so bittersweet that one cannot help but shed tears. A wonderful coming out story that i know had a profound impact on many gay men.


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