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Crazy Love

(2007)

Rated PG-13 for language including sexual references, and mature thematic elements.

PG-13 In Theaters 06/1/2007 , 92min.
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Plot & Details

Filmmaker Dan Klores recounts the true story of one of the most bizarre romances of the 20th century in this documentary. In 1957, Linda Riss was a receptionist in her early twenties who bore a striking resemblance to Elizabeth Taylor, while attorney Burt Pugach was married and in his mid-thirties. That didn't stop Pugach from falling in love with Riss on first sight when he saw her walking past her home in the Bronx, and he quickly asked her out on a date. Riss accepted, and continued to see Pugach even after she discovered he had a wife. However, after a year of wining and dining, Riss broke off the affair, convinced that Pugach would never divorce, but continue to string her along. Pugach desperately tried to convince Riss to give him a second chance and began stalking her, but when that failed and he learned she had decided to wed someone else, he told her, "If I can't have you, no one else will have you, and when I get through with you, no one else will want you." Pugach's statement was no idle threat -- a thug hired by Pugach threw lye into Riss' face in order to scar her for life, and ended up blinding her in one eye. The crime earned Pugach a 15-to-30-year prison sentence, but less than a year after he was released on parole, a peculiar thing happened -- Linda Riss and Burt Pugach got married. Crazy Love (aka Love Is in the Air) shares the details of this very strange love affair, and how this extremely unlikely couple has stayed together for 30 years.

Boston Society of Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Boston Society of Film Critics Best Documentary Won

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Independent Spirit Awards Best Documentary Dan Klores Won

International Documentary Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 International Documentary Association IDA Feature Documentary Award Nominated

San Diego Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 San Diego Film Critics Association Best Documentary Won

Sundance Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Sundance Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

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