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Plot: A successful young L.A. doctor and his equally successful television-producer wife find their happily-ever-after life torn assunder when he suddenly confronts his long-repressed attraction for other men. Zach and Claire live a comfortable life secure in their love for one another when Bart, a… Runtime: 113 min Release Date: 05 Mar 1982
A totally under-rated ground-breaking film (by bradley-matchett)
I remember hearing about this film long before it came out. Living in a small eastern Ontario town in Canada in 1982 a town with an army base no less I thought that as much as I wanted to, my chances of seeing this film were pretty slim unless I could somehow make it to a big city. Finally, I lucked out and the film did come to our town as part of a double-bill along with Neil Simon's "I Ought To Be In Pictures". I remember watching as this movie the second feature started, and silence descended upon the entire theatre. You could have heard a pin drop. As the movie <more>
progressed and we got to the scene where Zack and Bart lovingly kiss for the first time there was pandemonium in the theatre. It seemed like half the audience got up. People were yelling abusive epithets at the screen and storming out of the theatre in droves. As a young man on the brink of committing suicide because of feelings I didn't understand and had no relation to -- this movie saved my life. For the first time in my life, after watching this film, I could identify with someone else, and I knew there were other people like me in this world. I thought then, and I think now, twenty-two years later, that all the people involved with this film took tremendous chances and showed great courage in seeing to it this movie was made.Say what you will about the soap opera type plot, and making the movie more palatable for mainstream tastes, the fact remains that this was in its time a ground-breaking film. I know many other people who have been profoundly touched by this film. Several years ago I ran a group for gay men in various stages of coming out. One night I showed them my own personal copy of this film. Nearly all who were viewing it for the first time were still totally mesmerized and awed by the courage shown by all involved with this film, particularly Harry Hamlin and Michael Ontkean. Both of these actors were already popular established actors at the time this film was made, and both of them took tremendous risks with their careers by taking these parts. For a movie to actually show two men in a loving relationship, and to actually show two men kiss each other on the lips was amazingly brave. As was pointed out elsewhere on this board Tom Hanks and Antonio Banderas would not even kiss in the 'critically acclaimed' "Philadelphia", and that was many years later. Kate Jackson was fresh off "Charlie's Angels" when she took the part of Claire. Kate did a wonderful job in this film, and held her own against two powerful actors. Her powerful speech to her husband after he comes out to her gave many women the words to say to their husbands.All of these years later I don't think there is a finer 'coming out' film than "Making Love"!
A happily married doctor Michael Ontkean realizes he has sexual feelings about men. One day he meets openly gay Bart Harry Hamlin and falls in love. Meanwhile his wife Claire Kate Jackson can't understand why her husband is suddenly so cold and distant.I saw this twice in a theatre back in 1982. I was a 20 year old closeted gay man seriously considering suicide. Basically this film saved my life. It portrayed gay men as sympathetic people--not victims or psychopaths or comic relief as other films did before this.This was a groundbreaker for Hollywood and, at first, did very well at <more>
the box office. And, unlike other posters, I never had any audience walk-outs when I saw it. I saw it at a theatre in Boston and there was dead silence throughout--and applause at the end. Then business fell off when word got out that this was boring. In some way it is--they go out of their way to please everybody--gays and straights. The film lacks an edge that could have made it stronger BUT in 1982 Hollywood was very timid about this subject--this probably went as far as studio executives would allow it.Credit goes to Hamlin and Ontkean for playing gay characters very rare in those days and sharing a long passionate kiss together. Also they both gave good performances--especially Hamlin. The real surprise was Kate Jackson--she was INCREDIBLE in her role. When her husband comes out to her, her reaction is utterly believable and actually had me crying the first time I saw it .It's kind of sad that people still think this is gay propaganda as one poster here does . It's just a compelling drama about a man coming to grips with his sexual orientation.Seen today the movie may seem dated and WAY too timid, but this was the first major Hollywood film to deal realistically with gay men. That makes it a gay classic. I give it a 10.
This is a beautiful story that was years ahead of its time. It deals with a young doctor who realizes that he is gay and the consequences it has on his marriage and his life. As the lead character begins to explore his new sexual identity, he gets involved with a commitment phobic writer and the movie explores issues of commitment, love, infidelity, rejection. But most importantly the movie shows the importance of being true to oneself. It is an extremely gay positive film and the filmmakers are not afraid to explore the depths of the characters struggle. All characters are portrayed honestly <more>
and realistically and the viewer is never given the feeling that the filmmakers are trying so hard to get the approval of the straight audience as in "Philadelphia". It is simply an honest and accurate portrayal of one man coming to terms with being gay. All performances are top notch and the ending so bittersweet that one cannot help but shed tears. A wonderful coming out story that i know had a profound impact on many gay men.
Saw this movie in 1982, and remember the gasps of the audience before half the theater left.Saw it again 4/24/2001 on Fox Movie, and was amazed at how relevent this movie still is, and how it anticpated the sensitivity which we now take for granted in the portrayal of homoerotic themes.My hats off to Barry Sandler and Arthur Hill for doing this way before it's time, and to Michael Otkean and Harry Hamlin for a willingness to take on the roles of two gay men way before the American public was ready to see it.
Before its time (by jimpowellsf)
With David Brenner's recent passing, I saw a clip of him online during one of his guest hosting nights on the Tonight Show. It turned out that Kate Jackson was a guest that night and she had some great stories & then realized she was there to plug a movie. This movie. It was almost as if she was hesitant to talk about it because of the subject matter. Even when she talked about it, people in the audience booed when she mentioned homosexuality. Hard to believe it was 30+ years ago.So, I ended up buying the DVD online. The movie still holds up and was well before its time. This kind of <more>
story has happened numerous times over the years to people in real life, and it's not always an easy story to tell. The story told here wasn't salacious; it was handled with realness and sincerity. There's nothing graphic here; just a story of people living their life the best way they each know how. The entire cast is great; there's really no false note. In life, paths converge and diverge, and no amount of effort can sometimes bring someone back to the same path they were on when you were on the path together. This movie does a great job telling the story, and now 30+ years after seeing it the first time I'm truly glad I've added it to my small DVD collection.
Just as good today as it was in 1982 (by mgaffney12)
I just watched this movie again after not having seen it since its release in 1982. At that time I was a 25 year old gay man coming to terms with my homosexuality.It was very heartening then to see that two men could form a happy successful relationship despite all the turmoil and repressive social mores that existed in the early 80s. And they were so incredibly good looking and successful - excellent role models where few existed at the time.In watching it again I was so struck by the ending - Claire still has such tender feelings for Zack - while he has moved on to a new life and a new male <more>
partner. Very sad. Kate Jackson, Michael Ontkean and Harry Hamlin turned in very credible performances in what was a ground-breaking movie for its time.
"Making Love" is an engrossing and well acted romantic drama on a mature subject. Its characters and situations are easily understood, and one feels for their marital problems and their steps toward solutions. An unusually good looking cast has been assembled, and all play their parts convincingly. The musical score and photography give the film a somewhat slick and glossy look, but the production is a very good one, thanks to a quite mature script and subject matter. For all its slickness, "Making Love" is a film one tends to remember.
For its time... (by arturus)
I saw this in its first limited release, in New York City with a group of gay friends, in February of 1982, on a Saturday night. The picture had been out for about a week, and everyone, I thought, knew what it was about. We saw it in a major East Side theater, the only one where it was being shown as I remember.Well, I was mistaken about the "informed" audience! This mixed, supposedly knowledgeable New York audience nearly rioted at the first on-screen kiss, discreetly photographed, in a darkened, shadowy corner of a room, in a long shot! The gays including my group were cheering <more>
and applauding, the older, presumably straight folks were screaming things like "How revolting!" and "Oh, my God!" as they bolted from the theater. This only increased at the second kiss, in close-up, a few moments later. I was never more astonished in my life! I just saw this again, after a long time. Dated though it is, I still felt the message was clear: be true to yourself. The final ironic shot says it all.
I saw this movie for the first time last night and have been reading the comments here with some interest. Having read in the past that it was nothing more than a soap opera, to my great surprise I found the movie to be subtle and very stylish with fine performances and production values. It seems to me that the recent movie it is most like is Far From Heaven in that the writer and director of Making Love uses the same narrative strategy - recreating the Hollywood romance - but adds twists that illuminate what was not spoken of in the genre before. In Making Love the title speaking to the <more>
difference between sex and love we see the characters watch An Affair to Remember and there are other movie quotes of that genre. Claire and Zack share a somewhat improbable passion for Gilbert and Sullivan and have been befriended by an elderly woman the great Wendy Hiller who had loved a poet killed in WW1 who was a friend of Rupert Brooks, another poet killed in that war. So the theme of physical love being separate from emotional love and devotion is set up. This is the life that Zack refuses to accept either for Claire or himself in the scene in which he renounces their marriage, declaring that she must have a marriage in all senses of the word just as he must. Although they break up, in the final scene we see that Claire has settled for a good marriage, but one which lacks the heady excitement of her time with Zack. By naming her child 'Rupert' she, in effect, makes him be Zack's, the child they always wanted together. And Zack, too, has to settle for a good man, although not the man he first loved.So it's an elegant and nuanced structure, given the sleek gloss that declares it to be quite frankly 'a movie'. It's an intelligent strategy in that it shields what might be a less than sympathetic audience from having to deal with anything too threatening. We've all read comments by those self-consciously straight posters who must insist on sharing how 'grossed out' they were. Stories of soldiers all but rioting at screenings of the movie. Such babyish acting out is still sadly very much with us. Indeed, it almost seems to be a sport for straight men - competing to see who can be most grossed out.Other points of interest seeing this movie now: The gay bar. The men are quite ordinary looking. Compare this to the relentless 'hotness' of all the men seen in movie representations of gay bars now.Of course the big difference is that AIDS is nowhere in sight. Though the epidemic may have been under way it's nowhere visible in the movie.Michael Ontkean is very believable and his dilemma is treated seriously. And more sympathetically than the same dilemma in Far From Heaven.Of course, having straight men play the parts distances the actors from the sex but again, the director deals with this by abstracting the sex into movie terms. It's no more or less real than watching Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr.How grown-up it seems. In some respects it is a more adult take than the current movie romance, Brokeback Mountain. It may be less frank about the mechanics of sex but it allows the characters to grow and achieve a realistic, adult life. Not perhaps having it all though they do get have great apartments and clothes. but that's part of the style but having something worthwhile and treating their regrets as an inevitable part of life. The final shot - very Douglas Sirk - of Claire returning to her domestic life while Zack takes a different fork in the road, sums up the movie's point of view with great elegance and wit.So watch it. It's fascinating to see how far we've come and how much we've retreated. Compared to the dishonest posturings of Philadelphia this movie really has something to say and says it very well. Directed with enormous skill the performances are first-rate and Kate Jackson is more than that. It's a performance that should have led to a big movie career.