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In Praise of Older Women (1978)

  • Rate: 5.7/10 total 409 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 22 September 1978 (Canada)
  • Runtime: 110 min
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In Praise of Older Women (1978)


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  • IMDb page: In Praise of Older Women (1978)
  • Rate: 5.7/10 total 409 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 22 September 1978 (Canada)
  • Runtime: 110 min
  • Filming Location: Montréal, Québec, Canada
  • Budget: CAD 1,500,000 (estimated)
  • Director: George Kaczender
  • Stars: Tom Berenger, Karen Black, Susan Strasberg | See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Tibor Polgár   
  • Soundtrack: Sailor's Song
  • Sound Mix: Mono
  • Plot Keyword: Older Woman Younger Man Relationship | Canada | Female Frontal Nudity | Male Frontal Nudity | Pantyhose

Writing Credits By:

  • Stephen Vizinczey (novel "In Praise of Older Women")
  • Paul Gottlieb (screenplay)
  • Barrie Wexler (narration)
  • Barrie Wexler (additional text)

Known Trivia

  • This was the very first movie screened by the Toronto Film Festival (now the Toronto International Film Festival). Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |

Plot: Andras Varda grows up in a turbulent, war-torn Hungary, where he procures local girls for the occupying G.I.'s during World War II… See more » |  »

Story: Andras Varda grows up in a turbulent, war-torn Hungary, where he procures local girls for the occupying G.I.’s during World War II. Disappointed by girls of his age, he meets Maya, a married women in her thirties, who tutors him in the lessons of love and romance. Maya is only the first of many mature women that Andras will meet through his teenage and young adult life. Written byalfiehitchie

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Harold Greenberg known as executive producer
  • Claude Héroux known as producer
  • Robert Lantos known as producer
  • Howard Lipson known as associate producer (as Howard R. Lipson)
  • Stephen J. Roth known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Tom Berenger known as Andras Vayda
  • Karen Black known as Maya
  • Susan Strasberg known as Bobbie
  • Helen Shaver known as Ann MacDonald
  • Marilyn Lightstone known as Klari
  • Alexandra Stewart known as Paula
  • Marianne McIsaac known as Julika
  • Alberta Watson known as Mitzi
  • Ian Tracey known as Andras Vajda Jr
  • Monique Lepage known as The Countess
  • Louise Marleau known as Woman in Elevator
  • Jill Frappier known as Lady Teacher
  • Mignon Elkins known as Mother Vayda
  • Joan Stuart known as Aunt Alice
  • John Bayliss known as Glen MacDonald
  • Jon Granik known as Tom Horvath
  • Budd Knapp known as Father Confessor
  • Earl Pennington known as Professor Hargitay
  • Michael Kirby known as Tibor Kovacs
  • Bronwen Mantel known as Woman in Cafe
  • Wally Martin known as The Janitor
  • Arden R. Ryshpan known as Berenice (as Arden Ryshpan)
  • Tibor Polgár known as The Pianist
  • Julie Wildman known as Woman at Party
  • Julie Morand known as Girl Student
  • Griffith Brewer known as The Fiacre Driver
  • Walter Bolton known as Second Waiter
  • Martha Parker known as Girl at Dance
  • Robert King known as Man with Proclamation
  • Arthur Grosser known as Party Host
  • Jeannette Casenave known as Party Hostess
  • Alexander Godfrey known as First Waiter
  • Tina Shuster known as Second Girl at Dance
  • Danny Brainin known as Youth in Class
  • Casey Stevens known as Second Student
  • Peter Gottlieb known as Boy on Staircase
  • Henry Ramer known as Narrator (voice)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • David Beckett known as hair stylist
  • Jocelyne Bellemare known as assistant makeup artist
  • Michèle Dion known as makeup artist
  • Jean-Max Guérin known as assistant hair stylist (as Jean Guérin)

Art Department:

  • Jean Bourret known as assistant property master
  • Csaba András Kertész known as set dresser (as Csaba Kertesz)
  • Stéphane Reichel known as assistant art director
  • Norman Simpson known as property master (as Normand Simpson)
  • Roméo Turcotte known as construction manager
  • Kathy Wadas known as property buyer




Production Companies:

  • Astral Bellevue Pathé
  • Canadian Film Development Corporation (CFDC)
  • Famous Players Film Company
  • Films RSL
  • T.S.M. Investments Limited


  • E1 Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • AVCO Embassy Pictures (1979) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) (1981) (USA) (TV) (broadcast premiere)
  • Warner Bros. (1979) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Alliance Releasing Home Video (1988) (Canada) (VHS)
  • Astral Films (Canada)
  • Magnetic Video (????) (USA) (VHS)
  • New Star Video (2005) (USA) (VHS)
  • Platinum Disc (2004) (USA) (DVD)
  • Ventura Distribution (2005) (USA) (DVD)
  • Videoville Showtime (1982) (Canada) (VHS)



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. Jan Hrubin from Prague, Czech Republic
    04 Oct 2013, 10:23 pm

    "In Praise of Older Women" is relatively true to the excellentpsychological/philosophical novel it is based on. However, the problem isthat all its intellectual elements (such as its theories about thereasoningbehind promiscuity) are removed in the adaptation. The result is a softpornmovie which is unintentionally hilarious due to awkwardness and badacting.Andras, the skirt-chasing protagonist, is presented as a dip who throws atemper tantrum when one of his lovers leaves him and delivers lines like"Give us the grand tour, pops." or "This exquisite antique ashtray couldbeyours if you promise to become my lover." as awkwardly as if he actuallyknew how lame he sounded (which Tom Berenger, who played him, probablydid).A bad acting award should also go to the girl who played Andras´s firstteenage girlfriend. She delivers her lines as if the characters she talkedto were puppies or newborn babies but then, as my friend pointed out, sheactually does act like a stupid flirty girl in her early teens who doesnotknow what she wants in a boyfriend. The actresses who play Andras´s moreadult girlfriends admittedly do a better job but still, they mostly playalong with the soft porn cliche of upper class semi-intellectuals whotreatsex as if it was art collecting or jogging. What do they see in a dorklikeAndras at their age anyway ? Also, what´s the deal with some of theHungarian characters having Hungarian accents and the other Magyars havingAMERICAN accents ? Nevertheless, I must reemphasize that this movie isfun.It made me laugh more than most typical "comedies" and some of thedramaticscenes, such as the one where Andras must flee Hungary , actually do workdramatically. The sex scenes, while pretty mild by today´s standards, lookrelatively realistic. The insights into Hungarian culture are interestingtoo. Nevertheless, trash is trash and I love it !

  2. theeht from ny, ny
    04 Oct 2013, 10:23 pm

    If you can accept this Canadian made film as light entertainment, and notexpect too much, you will definitely enjoy it. Unfortunately, at the timeof release,it was unfavorably compared to the novel,and received someundeservedly vicious reviews,but it was a huge hit in Canada, where HelenShaver received a best supporting Actress award for it.

    Tom Berenger is remarkably charismatic as a Hungarian lad who has romanceswith some of the international cinema’s most accomplished(and underratedactresses) actresses, Karen Black, Susan Strasberg, and AlexandraStewart,after striking out with a girl his age(Marianne MacIsaac, soundingquite like a young Marilyn Monroe). Is’s a pleasure to watch the thennovice, very handsome Berenger hold his own as an actor against thistalented trio.Much was written about the film’s sexuality and nudity, but it’s not much,except for an extremely heated closing encounter between Tom and HelenShaver. All in all, a memorable, unique film.

  3. Wayne Malin ( from United States
    04 Oct 2013, 10:23 pm

    I caught this playing constantly on cable TV late at night back in theearly 80s. Not much of a plot. It’s just about hunky Tom Berenger (whowas only 29 when he made this) seducing one older woman after another.That’s all it is–nothing else…but not bad for what it is.

    The woman themselves are all very beautiful, have nice bodies and(surprisingly) are good actresses–Karen Black and Helen Shaverespecially. The only disappointment in the film was there were next tono full frontal nude shots of Berenger. The women show everything butnot him and–let’s face it–back then he WAS very handsome and had agreat body. There are only flashes of his "best parts" and (for somereason) even THOSE were clumsily edited out the last time I saw the pic(in the mid 80s)! If you’re gonna do a soft core pic let’s seeeverything.

    That aside it was a light, enjoyable sex film–nothing more. I give ita 7.

  4. Bjorn (ODDBear) from Iceland
    04 Oct 2013, 10:23 pm

    To be very honest, I can’t really disagree with some of the negativereviews out there concerning this film. But every once in a while, somemovie appeals to you and deep down you know that it’s really not thatgood. As for this one, I’ve seen it a few times and I always enjoy it.

    The film basically covers all of Berenger’s sexual adventures withwomen who are somewhat older than he is. While he seems to fall deeplyin love with them, these relationships don’t seem to work out for him.

    I really don’t know what point this film is trying to make. Berenger’sfirst real intimate relationship with Karen Black ends when he’sunfaithful to her, his next one when he goes to Canada to escapeturmoil in his country and leaves his rebel woman behind, the thirdwoman is simply frigid and dumps him after he finally gets her off andfinally he can’t make it work with Helen Shaver.

    I simply enjoy the movie. Tom Berenger is my favorite actor and he’svery appealing here, as always. On the whole, this film is well acted,Karen Black very good especially. The movie looks good enough, withconvincing settings, but I think it was produced on a relatively lowbudget. It’s fairly dramatic at times, especially when he has to leaveone girlfriend behind in war ridden Hungary.

    This movie ain’t spectacular or anything, but I like it.

    One quibble; what’s with that poster. Seems like a porno flick,definitely not the cover for this film.

  5. MIKE HILL (MIKEHILL38@HOTMAIL.COM) from manchester, england
    04 Oct 2013, 10:23 pm

    i can remember sneaking into see this x rated gem many moons ago when itwasfirst released at me local flea pit and i’ll always remember it as awonderfully entertaining gem about the sexual exploits of a younghungarianstud regards his amorous encounters with some beautiful mature members ofthe oppossite sex. his final encounter with helen shaver; a superb andmuchunderated canadian actress has got to be one of the most…well, i shan’truin it for you! please check it out. highly recommended.

  6. (Greatornot) from United States
    04 Oct 2013, 10:23 pm

    This film though artsy ,was , well, you guessed it redundant. Growingup as a middle man for a brothel and being introduced to sex from acountess at the ripe old age of 11 or so, Andres becomes a stud, notgigolo , for sex starved housewives, between 30 and 40 or so. Takingplace in Hungary during mid century, this film even seemed that muchmore far fetched. Andres , not having luck with teens his own age ,ventures for older women. Going through women like the rest of the malepopulation goes through underwear, this film did not have much of apoint. Surely women can not be as pathetic as they were in this film?The cheesy lines were as ridiculous as the revolving door of a plot,that just kept going around and around. In the one scene, where astupid line did not work, conveniently there was an attractive olderlady, dining alone,ahemmmm, at another table that somehow saved the dayfor Andres. Too contrived, too predictable and well too soft porn. Froma male perspective, lots of lovely visuals, but not much else going.Basically the open ending , just presumed more of the same, withnothing settled with Andres as far as his conscience or simply justbecoming a mature adult. Another film, unlikable characters and agarbage pail.

  7. smatysia ( from Houston
    04 Oct 2013, 10:23 pm

    Well, this film was made to fill a niche that no longer exists. Likethe old B-movies sort of went away when that area fell to television,this film was soft-core before cable channels filled that niche. And,it does so better, having B-list actresses, rather than D-list andformer porn actresses. Most of the actresses did really solid work,especially Karen Black, Marilyn Lightstone, and Helen Shaver. TomBerenger was awkward to the point of being painful to watch, but Idoubt that it is due to bad acting. That is almost certainly thedirector's vision. The dialogue was also painfully awkward, but thatonly makes sense. The background of the 1956 Hungarian uprising madefor some interest as well. The film is intended to be sexy, so considerthat when deciding to view this one.

  8. gridoon
    04 Oct 2013, 10:23 pm

    Like someone else on this page has already said, this movie should not beapproached as a serious period piece, but as a soft-core porn flick. Thevapid characters have been stripped of all human dimensions except theirsexdrive. You kind of wonder when exactly Tom Berenger’s character found thetime to become a philosophy professor, since we almost always see him in ahorizontal position, if you know what I mean. But nobody can deny that thefilm does have some genuinely erotic moments (Susan Strasberg steals theshow in that department, as the always "hungry for more" Bobbie).(**)

  9. IMDb-Girl87 from Canada
    04 Oct 2013, 10:23 pm

    Tom Berenger plays a young Hungarian having flings with older women.

    Pretty much a soft soft soft core porn flick. Really, boy meets girl,boy seduces girl, girl sleeps with boy.

    Why are the women such sluts in this film? They will have sex at anyopportunity given. Not once does Tom Berenger get turned down for sex.It is quite a boring film but it seems ever 2 minutes Tom Berenger hasa new bed buddy. So it ain’t that bad. But if you’re looking forentertainment, this film aint for you.

    My rating.. 1/5.

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