Enemies: A Love Story

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Paul Mazursky
Production: Media Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.8
Rotten Tomatoes:
91%
R
Year:
1989
119 min
16 Views

"Mixed marriages: The plague

of the Jews."

Now... are you

going to finish this?

And are you going

to give me your address?

Because if you don't,

I'm gonna have to fire you.

This town is lousy with bookworms.

Everyone wants to be a ghostwriter.

I...

Thirty-nine eighteen

Pelham Drive.

- In-In the Bronx.

- What's the name of the old tailor?

- Pracz.

- Tell him to put in a phone

and send the bill...

- No, no. You can't do that.

- Why?

- You can't install one

without his consent.

- Why should he care?

The ringing frightens him.

It reminds him of Auschwitz.

- There are other refugees,

and they have telephones.

- Well, I-I...

It'll be good for him.

Put it in your room.

In case he gets sick...

he could call a doctor,

maybe get help.

Lunatics. Crazy people.

That's why Hitlers rise up.

Look, I wanted us to be friends.

But there's something about

you that makes it very difficult.

I could help you a great deal,

but you close up like a clam.

Uh, maybe. Maybe I am no

longer a part of this world.

Clichs. Empty words.

I know hundreds of

concentration camp survivors...

some of them practically

on the way to the oven,

but they're doing fine.

They drive cars, they do business

and they have telephones.

Maybe that's my problem.

I was hiding in a barn.

Look, I don't want to force

my friendship on you.

But I'm calling today and

having them install a telephone.

Sno-cones!

Get your sno-cones!

Five-cent sno-cones!

Sno-cones!

Get your sno-cones!

Five-cent sno-cones!

[Fading]

- [Coughing] Ohh.

- My mother.

Oh, Herman. Herman.

You know...

I've got in the habit

of sitting down and falling

right off to sleep.

- Did I sleep long?

- She walks around the house

as quiet as a mouse.

There are real mice here.

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This article is about the writer and political commentator; not to be confused with the columnist and journalist Roger Simon.Roger Lichtenberg Simon (born November 22, 1943) is an American novelist and Academy Award-nominated screenwriter. He was formerly CEO of PJ Media (formerly known as Pajamas Media) and is now its CEO Emeritus. He is the author of ten novels, including the Moses Wine detective series, seven produced screenplays and two non-fiction books. He has served as president of the West Coast branch of PEN, a member of the Board of Directors of the Writers Guild of America, and was on the faculty of the American Film Institute and the Sundance Institute. His many journalistic articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Commentary, and City Journal, among others. Mr. Simon has also been a Hoover Institute Media Fellow. more…

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