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Maria's Lovers (1984)

Ivan Bibic returns to his Pittsburgh PA suburb after surviving a Japanse POW camp, causing regular nightmares. All the time he remained faithfully devoted to his childhood love, fellow ... See full summary »

Director:

Andrey Konchalovskiy (as Andrei Konchalovsky)

Writers:

Gérard Brach (screenplay) (as Gerard Brach), Andrey Konchalovskiy (screenplay) (as Andrei Konchalovsky) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nastassja Kinski ... Maria Bosic
John Savage ... Ivan Bibic
Robert Mitchum ... Ivan's Father
Keith Carradine ... Clarence Butts
Anita Morris ... Mrs. Wynic
Bud Cort ... Harvey
Karen Young ... Rosie
Tracy Nelson ... Joanie
John Goodman ... Frank
Danton Stone ... Joe
Vincent Spano ... Al Griselli
Lela Ivev Lela Ivev ... Anna
Elena Koreneva ... Vera
Anton Sipos Anton Sipos ... Peter
Larry John Meyers Larry John Meyers ... Foreman
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Storyline

Ivan Bibic returns to his Pittsburgh PA suburb after surviving a Japanse POW camp, causing regular nightmares. All the time he remained faithfully devoted to his childhood love, fellow ethnic Yugoslavian virgin Maria Bosic. She dates him again, thus ruining a virtual engagement to captain Al Griselli. Against Ivan's dad's advice, they get married. But Ivan became psychologically impotent, feels unworthy of her and starts wondering, even looking for another girl. Meanwhile slick guitar-and-song-busker Clarence Butts moves in to South-Western PA, and seduces Maria. Written by KGF Vissers

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Desired by all... But loved by only one. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Croatian | Serbian

Release Date:

January 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los amantes de María See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh ,Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Menahem Golan once said of this film's conception in a 20th August 2008 interview by Oren Shai for 'Films in Review': "[The film's director Andrei] Konchalovski was introduced to me at Cannes. He told me a story about a soldier in Yugoslavia who returns home after WWI with shell shock, not able to have sex with his wife. I told him, "Go downstairs, get some coffee and start thinking this way: He is not a Yugoslavian soldier, he is an American soldier, the war is not WWI, it's Vietnam, and make the story contemporary." Ten minutes later he returned and with the revised idea, which became Maria's Lovers (1984)". See more »

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Do Or Divorce
4 April 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Maria's Lovers casts Natassia Kinski and John Savage as a pair of young Slavic second generation Americans in Western Pennsylvania who get married after World War II and presumably like most will live the American dream happily ever after.

Not quite so happily though because Savage has some real issues and who wouldn't after surviving a Japanese prison camp. In fact his well meaning but quite fatuous father Robert Mitchum asks Savage why didn't he try and escape. This was obviously a man who had seen too many American gangster flicks where Cagney/Bogart/Raft are always crashing out of the big house.

Mitchum is fatuous about that, but he does say to Savage not to rush into things. As well he shouldn't with his issues. Wedding night comes and he can't do the deed.

Which leaves Kinski looking for a little love in all the wrong places. And charming itinerant entertainer Keith Carradine picks up on it.

The issue of impotence and its infinite number of causes was dealt with a lot better in the British classic film, The Family Way. It's not as simple as it is made out here where Savage's very manhood is called into question and it's a do or divorce situation.

Best in the film is Keith Carradine who is really quite amoral. Makes his character from Nashville look like an Eagle Scout. And of course Robert Mitchum always adds something to any film he's in.

I have to say though I was left as unfulfilled as Natassia on her wedding night.


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