A ghostwriter finds himself romantically involved with his current wife, a married woman and his long-vanished wife.

Director:

Paul Mazursky

Writers:

Isaac Bashevis Singer (novel), Roger L. Simon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Silver ... Herman
Anjelica Huston ... Tamara
Lena Olin ... Masha
Malgorzata Zajaczkowska ... Yadwiga (as Margaret Sophie Stein)
Alan King ... Rabbi Lembeck
Judith Malina ... Masha's Mother
Rita Karin Rita Karin ... Mrs. Schreier
Phil Leeds ... Pesheles
Elya Baskin ... Yasha Kobik
Paul Mazursky ... Leon Tortshiner
L.J. Dollinger L.J. Dollinger ... Reb Nissen Yaroslaver
Zypora Spaisman Zypora Spaisman ... Sheva Haddas
Arthur Grosser ... Doctor
Burney Lieberman Burney Lieberman ... Yom Kippur Cantor
Nathaniel Katzman Nathaniel Katzman ... Wedding Cantor
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Storyline

Set in 1949 New York, a Holocaust survivor who makes a living as a ghostwriter for a Jewish rabbi, finds himself involved with three women - his current wife, a passionate affair with a married woman, and his long-vanished wife whom he thought was killed during the war and suddenly reappears. The film concentrates on the views of the Jewish survivors, who no longer abide by religious morales and question a God who could let the Holocaust occur. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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R | See all certifications »

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The only non-Best Picture nominee for the year to be nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. See more »

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Yadwiga: I do shopping. I iron your shirt and underwear. I clean kitchen floor and bathroom. I had my breakfast, but I'm ready to eat again with you.
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Featured in At the Movies: The Best Films of 1989 (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Is Here To Stay
Composed by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Billie Holiday
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One of Paul Mazursky's high points.
4 March 2006 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

I once read about how Paul Mazursky's career as a director has gravitated between very well done ("Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice", "Moscow on the Hudson") and what-was-he-thinking?! ("Scenes from a Mall", "The Flying Pickle"). Well, I can say with certainty that "Enemies: A Love Story" is one of his good ones. Portraying Holocaust survivor Herman Broder (Ron Silver) living in New York in 1949 and suddenly surrounded by three women (his current wife, another married woman, and his first wife whom he believed to be dead), the movie presents an eye-opening situation. It's like a slice-of-life story taken one step further. As the three women, Margaret Sophie Stein, Lena Olin, and Anjelica Huston do a very good job. Definitely worth seeing.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enemies, A Love Story See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,636, 17 December 1989

Gross USA:

$7,754,571

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,754,571
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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