Deadly Strangers (1975) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • After she misses her train, a young woman is forced to hitch a ride back to town. After managing to get away from a lecherous trucker, she is given a ride by a good-looking but somewhat mysterious young man, who she comes to suspect may be a dangerous escapee from a mental asylum.

  • News which has yet to hit the media but which has hit informal local gossip channels is that a patient at Greenwood, an institution for the criminally insane, has escaped. That gossip does not largely include the fact of several murders that have occurred since, the perpetrator most certainly the escapee. Concurrently, a young woman named Belle Adams, traveling on her own, is trying to make her way from the Greenwood area to the south coast, specifically to Wickham where she has a compulsion to visit, and where she has not been since she lived there when she was a child. Following the deaths of her parents in a car accident, she became a ward of her uncle, that being the reason for moving from Wickham. Out of circumstance, she changes what was her original plan of taking the train to Wickham, to accepting vehicle rides from strangers, including Jim Nicholls, a lecherous lorry driver, and Malcolm Robarts, an eccentric older American expatriate who still retains a romantic sensibility. Who Belle ends up spending most of the time with on her trek is a young Birmingham based traveling salesman named Stephen Slade, who demonstrates that he has a bit of a temper and imbibes just a little too much, perhaps to calm his nerves which can spark his temper. Both Belle and Stephen's interactions with each other are colored by relationships from their past, Belle's with her uncle and Stephen's with an ex-girlfriend. Their time together is also overshadowed by a potentially violent encounter they have with a couple of bikers. Still with no news of the escapee in the papers, Belle catches Stephen is what look to be a couple of lies. Could these lies be hiding that he is the escapee and thus a murderer?

  • Amid public warnings about a dangerous mental hospital escaped patient, British babe Belle Adams hitches rides on the highway with various motorists, including a voyeur sexual pervert.



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