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Maria's Lovers (1984)

R | | Drama, Romance | January 1985 (USA)
Ivan Bibic returns to his Pittsburgh PA suburb after surviving a Japanse POW camp, causing regular nightmares. All the time he remained faithfully devoted to his childhood love, fellow ... See full summary »

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Andrey Konchalovskiy (as Andrei Konchalovsky)

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Gérard Brach (screenplay) (as Gerard Brach), Andrey Konchalovskiy (screenplay) (as Andrei Konchalovsky) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nastassja Kinski ... Maria Bosic
John Savage ... Ivan Bibic
Robert Mitchum ... Ivan's Father
Keith Carradine ... Clarence Butts
Anita Morris ... Mrs. Wynic
Bud Cort ... Harvey
Karen Young ... Rosie
Tracy Nelson ... Joanie
John Goodman ... Frank
Danton Stone ... Joe
Vincent Spano ... Al Griselli
Lela Ivev Lela Ivev ... Anna
Elena Koreneva ... Vera
Anton Sipos Anton Sipos ... Peter
Larry John Meyers Larry John Meyers ... Foreman
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Ivan Bibic returns to his Pittsburgh PA suburb after surviving a Japanse POW camp, causing regular nightmares. All the time he remained faithfully devoted to his childhood love, fellow ethnic Yugoslavian virgin Maria Bosic. She dates him again, thus ruining a virtual engagement to captain Al Griselli. Against Ivan's dad's advice, they get married. But Ivan became psychologically impotent, feels unworthy of her and starts wondering, even looking for another girl. Meanwhile slick guitar-and-song-busker Clarence Butts moves in to South-Western PA, and seduces Maria. Written by KGF Vissers

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Desired by all... But loved by only one. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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USA | Israel

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English | Croatian | Serbian

Release Date:

January 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los amantes de María See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh ,Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Robert Mitchum's character's personal name is not said and is known only as Ivan's father in the film and is billed in the credits as such. See more »

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Referenced in Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987) See more »

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Sentimental Journey
Written by Les Brown / Bud Green / Ben Homer
Performed by The Sloga Band
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Someone call Leslie Bricusse
23 February 2006 | by Dave WilsonSee all my reviews

The director is credited with the song "Maria's Eyes", but having just seen a theater version of Dr. Dolittle, I heard a song that sounded too similar for coincidence: "When I Look in Your Eyes", written by Leslie Bricusse. However, I'll grant that the original lacks something by being sung to a seal instead of Natassja Kinksi.

Aside from the musical borrowing, you have to admire Konchalovsky for wanting to tackle the material, revolving around small-town characters and impotence; he really brings out the dignified melancholy of a rust-belt town with steep streets, passing freight trains, weak sunlight and beautiful countryside. The movie is uneven in places, mostly from the performances: Kinski seems unsure whether to play her character modestly or with sashaying allure; Savage has a tough job playing an unsympathetic character, but sometimes makes it worse with explosive histrionics; Mitchum is stuck with bad dialog ("those eyes"). Raising the movie above these problems is a good basic story, affecting shots and images, and the majority of Kinski and Savage's scenes together.


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