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Enemies, a Love Story (1989)




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Ron Silver stars as Herman, a Holocaust survivor who believes that his wife Tamara (Anjelica Huston) perished in the concentration camps. He marries fellow immigrant Yadwiga (Margaret Sophie Stein), whose family sheltered him from the Nazis, and resettles in the Coney Island area of New York. Not all that devoted to Yadwiga, Herman begins an affair with Masha (Lena Olin), who becomes pregnant by him. Reasoning that, since Yadwiga is a gentile, his marriage is not legal in the eyes of his religion, Herman marries Masha as well. The triangle metamorphoses into a quadrangle when Tamara, who was not killed after all, reappears. Olin and Huston were both nominated for Best Supporting Actress Academy Awards.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Mazursky, Roger L. Simon, Andrew Bergman, Roger Simon
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On DVD: Sep 3, 2002
Media Home Entertainment

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Ron Silver
as Herman Broder
Anjelica Huston
as Tamara Broder
Lena Olin
as Masha
Alan King
as Rabbi Lembeck
Judith Malina
as Masha's Mother
Rita Karin
as Mrs. Schreier
Phil Leeds
as Pesheles
Elya Baskin
as Yasha Kotik
Paul Mazursky
as Leon Tortshiner
I.J. Dollinger
as Reb Nissen Yaroslave...
Zypora Spaisman
as Sheva Haddas
Burney Lieberman
as Yom Kippur Cantor
Nathaniel Katzman
as Wedding Cantor
Gayle Garfinkle
as Mrs. Lembeck
Doris Gramovot
as Yadwiga's Neighbor
Vera Miller
as Masha's Neighbor
Shimon Aviel
as Windbag
Jacob Greenbaum
as Rabbi at Catskills
Rhona Shekter
as Rabbi's Wife
Bobby Pierson
as Rhumba Instructor
Edward Sebic
as Fitness Instructor
Rummy Bishop
as Waiter at Dairy Rest...
Brian Dooley
as Man on Ladder
Kevin Fenlon
as Desk Clerk
Libby Owen
as Cashier
Sam Sperber
as Violinist
Tommy Canary
as Cotton Candy Man
Clark Terry
as Beach Acrobat
Mark Robinson
as Snowcone Vendor
Joe Viviani
as Newsstand Vendor
Robin Bronfman
as Catskill Woman
Shirley Merovitz
as Catskill Woman
Mick Muldoon
as Doorman
Harvey Berger
as Party Goer
Arthur Corber
as Party Goer
Norris Domingue
as Party Goer
Harry Hill
as Party Goer
Ilana Linden
as Party Goer
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Audience Reviews for Enemies, a Love Story


Not something to necessarily bring joy on a Saturday night but a good effort nonetheless.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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A delightful romantic affair with great performances from Ron Silver, Anjelica Huston, Judith Malina, Margaret Sophie Stein, and a dynamite performance from Lena Olin that deserved to win an Oscar but only was nominated. It's funny, romantic, and a whole lot of fun.


***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I am mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***

Steve Smith

Enemies, a Love Story Quotes

Yadwiga: Herman, I'm pregnant.
– Submitted by Carole K (2 years ago)

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