Making Love

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"There’s more to love than…"
  • R
  • 1982
  • 1 hr 53 min
  • 6.9  (2,885)

Making Love is a 1982 American drama film directed by Arthur Hiller and stars Michael Ontkean, Kate Jackson, and Harry Hamlin in lead roles. It is a sensitive and thought-provoking portrait of a love triangle between a married couple and a gay man, exploring themes of sexuality, marriage, and identity. The story follows Zachary (Michael Ontkean), a successful young doctor who seems to have everything going for him - a beautiful wife Claire (Kate Jackson), a promising career, and a comfortable lifestyle. However, he begins to feel a sense of dissatisfaction with his life and an attraction to other men.

He meets Bart (Harry Hamlin), a successful and confident writer, and the two embark on an affair. Zachary must now confront his own identity and desires, as well as the impact his actions will have on his marriage and his life.

The film is a moving and honest portrayal of the complexities of relationships and the struggles of coming to terms with one's own sexuality. Michael Ontkean delivers a powerful performance as a man struggling to reconcile his love for his wife with his attraction to men. He embodies the character's vulnerability and confusion, making the audience feel deeply for him even as he makes choices that will hurt those he loves.

Kate Jackson is equally impressive as the betrayed spouse, Claire. She brings a depth and complexity to her role as a woman seeking to understand her husband's choices and what they mean for their future together. Her character arc is particularly poignant, as she navigates her own emotional journey while trying to support her husband even as he pulls away from her.

Harry Hamlin brings a charisma and intensity to his role as Bart, the confident and alluring writer who represents Zachary's desired freedom and sexual identity. He is a fascinating character, embodying both the allure and danger of living life on the edge.

The film is beautifully shot, with Hiller making excellent use of his locations, particularly the stunning beaches of California where much of the story takes place. The cinematography is striking, capturing the emotional beats of the story with sensitivity and care.

Making Love is a groundbreaking film in its portrayal of same-sex attraction and its impact on traditional heterosexual relationships. At a time when such stories were rarely seen on screen, the film was considered daring and groundbreaking for its treatment of such sensitive subject matter. The movie was a critical success and resonated with audiences, particularly those grappling with sexual identity and coming out in the early 1980s.

Overall, Making Love is a powerful and moving film that explores complex themes with sensitivity and care. With its excellent performances, striking cinematography, and willingness to take on difficult subject matter, the film remains relevant and thought-provoking today, and is a must-watch for anyone interested in the history of LGBTQ cinema.

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    6.9  (2,885)