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.
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Cast

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

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (1)

A bravura performance by Ron Silver

February 2, 2009
Moviehole

Arguably Mazursky's last successful film, this adaptation of Isaac Bashevis Singer of a Holocaust survivor and the women in his life blends humor and pathos and is extremely well acted by Ron Silver, Anjelica Huston and Lena Olin.

Full Review… | July 1, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

Although it's obvious from the synopsis that ENEMIES deals with tragic incidents and troubled characters, this plot-heavy film plays out as a farce.

Full Review… | January 14, 2008

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October 8, 2005
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November 14, 2003
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November 5, 2003
Los Angeles CityBeat

Audience Reviews for Enemies, a Love Story

½

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.

Kyle Bailey
Kyle Bailey
½

***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
Steve Smith
½

"Enemies, a Love Story" is such an intriguing film because it refuses to be tamed, to settle down into a nice, comforting parable with a lesson to teach us.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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