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In Spite of Love (1994)

Spoils of War (original title)
In 1970s New York, Martin (Maguire) hopes to locate his father and possibly reunite the parents who have been bitterly separated since he was born.


David Greene


Michael Weller (teleplay), Michael Weller (play)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Nelligan ... Elise
John Heard ... Andrew
Tobey Maguire ... Martin
Andrea Roth ... Penny
Rhea Perlman ... Emma
Matthew Walker ... Cecil
George Touliatos ... Klaus
Morris Panych ... Maurice
Eric Keenleyside ... Vilmos (as Eric Keenlyside)
Robert Wisden ... Bartender
James Bell James Bell ... Worker
David Lovgren David Lovgren ... Assistant Art Director
Alf Humphreys ... Lew
Karin Konoval ... Lady in Street
Roger Cross ... Archie


In the turbulent '60s, starry-eyed activists Andrew and Elise (Heard, Nelligan) fell in love briefly before going their separate ways, and their son Martin (Maguire) has lived with his nomadic mother ever since. When her latest whim leads them back home to New York City and the old circle of friends, a now-teenaged Martin's natural curiosity fuels his inclination to contact the father he has never really known. Though it takes little time to locate him, reforging a relationship could take much longer, and it's bound to be complicated by old feuds, painful wounds, friends' lingering resentment, and Andrew's new girlfriend. Written by Kay-22

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Drama | Family







Release Date:

9 April 1994 (USA) See more »

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In Spite of Love See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The original Broadway production of "Spoils of War" by Michael Weller opened at the Music Box Theater in New York on November 10, 1988 and ran for 36 performances. Kate Nelligan was nominated for the 1989 Tony Award (New York City) for Actress in a Musical and recreated her role in this filmed production. Michael Weller also wrote the screenplay that was based on his play See more »

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Intelligent Heartfelt Drama
21 November 2002 | by rhthesinner-1See all my reviews

If a movie is ever made of my life I would love Kate Nelligan to play my mother!

She is superb in this TV movie which is a whole lot better than a lot of the blockbusters that Hollywood turns out these days. Tobey Maguire acts the teenage angst socks off of anybody in Dawson's Creek and John Heard shows once again what a mighty fine actor he is.

The political slant didn't exactly ring true. That would be my only quibble in this otherwise intelligent, heartfelt drama.

Highly recommended.

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