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Making Love is a 1982 film about a married man coming to terms with his homosexuality and the love triangle that develops around him, his wife and another man. It stars Kate Jackson, Harry Hamlin, and Michael Ontkean.
Michael Ontkean ... Zach Elliot [yummy!]
Kate Jackson ... Claire Elliott
Harry Hamlin ... Bart McGuire [voted as People Magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1987]
Wendy Hiller ... Winnie Bates
Arthur Hill ... Henry
Nancy Olson ... Christine
John Dukakis ... Tim
Terry Kiser ... Harrington
Dennis Howard ... Larry
Asher Brauner ... Ted
John Calvin ... David
Gwen Arner ... Alrene
Gary Swanson ... Ken
Anne Haney ... Lila (as Ann Harvey)
Stanley Kamel ... Charlie
Writers:A. Scott Berg (story) Barry Sandler (writer).
Barry Sandler is an American screenwriter and film producer. His career has spanned several decades, with the 1980s being his most prolific. He was also the screenwriter of Ken Russell's 'Crimes of Passion.' The openly gay Sandler is perhaps best known for writing the 1982 film Making Love, the first mainstream Hollywood film to deal seriously with issues of homosexuality and coming out. Sandler discusses Making Love in the 1995 documentary film The Celluloid Closet.
In addition to his successful writing career, Sandler also teaches screenwriting at the University of Central Florida and serves as one Artistic Director to Outfest, a gay and lesbian film festival in Los Angeles.
He is the recipient of the GLAAD Media Award and the Outfest 2002 Gay Pioneer Award for Courage and Artistry, and was named by The Advocate as one of the most influential gay artists in America
Making Love was the first mainstream Hollywood drama to address the subjects of homosexuality, coming out and the effect that being closeted and coming out has on a marriage. The film contrasts two visions of the so-called "gay lifestyle." Zack wants to settle into a long-term relationship similar to a heterosexual marriage, while Bart represents the somewhat stereotypical view of gay men as being promiscuous and uninterested in forming commitments.
Issues of the tension many women felt over pursuing careers are also touched on in Claire's fears that she is being forced to choose between her career and having a baby. By film's end, she does have a child, but it is unstated whether she is still working, so that theme ultimately remains unresolved.
Making Love was one of several mainstream Hollywood films to be released in 1982 dealing with themes of homosexuality in a more tolerant and sympathetic light. Others included Personal Best, Victor/Victoria, and Partners. According to gay film historian Vito Russo's book The Celluloid Closet, straight critics found the film boring while gay critics, glad for any attention paid to the subject, praised the film. Making Love opened strong at the box office its first week, but poor word of mouth led to a large drop-off in box office receipts the following week.
Golden Globes, USA
1983 Nominated Golden Globe Best Original Song - Motion Picture Burt Bacharach (music) Bruce Roberts (music/lyrics) Carole Bayer Sager (lyrics) For the song "Making Love". [Performed by Roberta Flack]