Enemies, A Love Story (film)

Enemies, A Love Story

original film poster
Directed by Paul Mazursky
Produced by Paul Mazursky
Screenplay by Roger L. Simon
Paul Mazursky
Based on Enemies, A Love Story by
Isaac Bashevis Singer
Music by Maurice Jarre
Cinematography Fred Murphy
Edited by Stuart H. Pappé
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • December 13, 1989 (1989-12-13)
Running time
119 min.
Language English
Box office $7,754,571

Enemies, A Love Story is a 1989 film directed by Paul Mazursky, based on the 1966 novel Enemies, A Love Story (Yiddish: Sonim, di Geshichte fun a Liebe) by Isaac Bashevis Singer and starred Ron Silver, Anjelica Huston, Lena Olin and Margaret Sophie Stein.


Set in New York City in 1949, the story follows Holocaust survivor Herman Broder. Throughout the war he survived hidden in a hayloft, taken care of by his Gentile Polish servant, Yadwiga, whom he later takes as his wife in America. Meanwhile, he has a passionate affair with another Holocaust survivor, Masha. To Yadwiga, he poses as a traveling book-salesman despite the fact he is a ghost writer for a corrupt rabbi. He wanders about New York with a constant paranoia and perpetual desperation, made more complicated when his first wife from Poland, Tamara, who was thought to have been killed in the Holocaust comes to New York.



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