What would you do if your husband fell in love - with another man Making Love is about Zack (Michael Ontkean) and Claire (Kate Jackson) - two attractive, successful and playful affectionate partners who share the perfect marriage. Hes a medic. Shes a TV exec. And theyre about to buy an absolutely ...
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What would you do if your husband fell in love - with another man Making Love is about Zack (Michael Ontkean) and Claire (Kate Jackson) - two attractive, successful and playful affectionate partners who share the perfect marriage. Hes a medic. Shes a TV exec. And theyre about to buy an absolutely gorgeous Beverly Hills home. Enter Bart (Harry Hamlin). Hes a gay writer whose striking good looks pepper his social life with enough one-night stands so that he easily avoids commitment. When they first meet, Zack is merely curious. Gradually, he decides to take the plunge. Less about homosexuality than self-discovery, Making Love tackles the fundamentals of life - pain, loss, recovery - with astonishing sincerity and candor. Some critical scenes - such as when Zack tells Claire whats really happening to their marriage - are handled with a sensitivity rarely found in American movies. Highlighted by touching performances, Making Love really probes the depths of passion - in all of us.from via
The studio marketed Making Love as one of the most honest and controversial films we have ever released, adding that it may be too strong for some people. That was then, and what once seemed shocking now seems tame. Still, its hard to imagine the more sexually explicit Brokeback Mountain without it. On the surface, Beverly Hills physician Zack (Michael Ontkean, Twin Peaks) and his TV producer wife, Claire (Kate Jackson, Charlies Angels), are the ideal couple. A smartly-dressed Gilbert and Sullivan fan, Zack appears to have little in common with denim-clad, openly-gay novelist Bart (Harry Hamlin, L. A. Law). They meet when Bart makes an appointment for a check-up, and the two hit it off. Turns out they share a love of corny old movies. Afterwards, Zack cant stop thinking about his vain, if affectionate patient. Lunch leads to dinner, which leads to physical intimacy (sex is suggested rather than shown). Zack is falling in love, but Bart has no interest in commitment, and Claire suspects another woman. Making Love is narrated by Claire and Bart, who speak directly to the camera. Its unclear whether Arthur Hiller, best known for Love Story, is going for documentary-style realism or foreign film-style sophistication, but the technique does differentiate Making Love from your average soap opera (story credit goes to Pulitzer Prize-winning author A. Scott Berg). Though Hamlin has maintained the highest profile since, its the sensitive performances of Ontkean and Jackson that anchor this no longer groundbreaking, but still relevant romantic drama.