The Stranger Within (1990)

TV Movie  |   |  Thriller  |  27 November 1990 (USA)
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A troubled young man mysteriously appears in a rural Minnesota town from which he claims he was abducted 16 years ago.



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Complete credited cast:
Mark (as Rick Schroder)
Mare Blackburn
Clark Sandford ...
Capt. Bender
Phil Bender
Pamela Danser ...
Ross Swanson ...
Luke: age 3
Dale Dunham ...
Oliver Osterberg ...
Kelsey Rose ...
Zachary Hunke ...
Suzanne Egli ...
James Harris ...


Mare's live is dominated by the kidnapping of her three year old little boy. After 12 years she is pleasantly surprised to find Mark standing before her on the door step pretending to be her son. After a while her joy turns into fear and panic after it becomes clear that the young man is a dangerous psychopath. Written by Willy Vanhaelen <>

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27 November 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mark Woodward, ange ou démon?  »

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When Mark/Luke climbs the electrical pole to cut the electrical power to the house he uses metal wire cutters with bare hands and it is pouring rain. This would cause him to be electrocuted under normal circumstances but he is unharmed. See more »

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First class acting!
24 March 1999 | by (Antwerpen, Belgium) – See all my reviews

"The Stranger Within" is one of those stories that keeps you glued to your seat untill the end!

Having your 3-year old son abducted in a grocery-store is every mother's nightmare. After several years of pain and guilt Mare found some happiness with her new boyfriend Dan. What is she going to do when one day a handsome boy appears on her doorstep claiming to be her long lost abducted son? Can he prove who he claims to be? Is it a setup? What is his gain by tormenting Mare with her past? Will Mare choose between her new boyfriend and her son? The chemistry between Rick Schröder and Kate Jackson is incredible! Both actors give a top notch performance resulting in horrific screen moments and tension. You keep on guessing untill the end whether or not Mark is the lost son! Whatever the outcome, this movie stays in your memory for many years to come!

A word of advice: do not go near the frozen lake!

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