Making Love (1982)
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Arthur Hiller directed this drama exploring the disintegration of an ideal marriage after the husband discovers he is gay. Kate Jackson is Claire, a successful television producer, and Michael Ontkean is her husband Zack, an equally successful doctor. They enjoy eight years of married bliss until homosexual writer Bart McGuire (Harry Hamlin) appears at Zack's office. As Zack gets to know Bart, he discovers he is attracted to him. He asks Bart out to dinner, one thing leads to another, and soon
Jan 1, 1982 Wide
Feb 7, 2006
20th Century Fox
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This is a three-handkerchief movie, all right, but for the nose. It stinks.
This movie has some of the worst dialogue one can imagine: She: 'What about passion?' He: 'What about support?' She: 'What about betrayal?'
Once the cat is out of the bag, the movie turns rip-roaring awful in an entirely enjoyable way.
Unfortunately, Hiller doesn't command the intensity of feeling that might have made it emotionally valid, and he doesn't have the awareness of the cultural forces at work in his film that might have made it intellectually respectable.
On its own baby-step terms, and despite its moneyed vanilla-himbo vision of gay masculinity and desire, Making Love plays now as a bemusing anachronism but not an insulting or self-inflating one.
Making Love salutes the philosophy of different strokes for different folks.
Although it was a brave movie at the time, it's got less power than the average soap opera these days.
Noble attempt at mainstream gay love story almost works due to Barry Sandler's script.
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