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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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Mark (as Rick Schroder)
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Mare Blackburn
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Dan
Clark Sandford ...
Capt. Bender
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Phil Bender
Pamela Danser ...
Emma
Ross Swanson ...
Luke: age 3
Dale Dunham ...
Milo
Oliver Osterberg ...
Joe
Kelsey Rose ...
Jill
Zachary Hunke ...
Jason
Suzanne Egli ...
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James Harris ...
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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 <willy.vanhaelen@advalvas.be>

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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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I love this film...
29 March 2000 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

The Stranger Within is a film I think I am in love with. It does have more than one flaw (we all do) but I keep watching it over and over again. The film's quality outweighs the minor flaunts (which include some cliches, like a heroic cop trying to come to the rescue) by far. For one, there is Kate Jackson's as well as Rick Schroder's terrific acting. These two actors seem to be made for each other and the way they score in The Stranger Within just screams for more joint ventures. Tom Holland did a wonderful job directing them and I hope the three of them will work together once more. The story by John Pielmeier is stirring, gripping, suspenseful and even credible (although he really should have abandoned that cop story line). He uses everyday situations and events, and what I like most about his narrative is the emphasis on emotions and humanity. The script does not judge any of the characters and we really sympathize with all of them. It makes The Stranger Within a tragedy as much as a mystery. The sudden violence is not subtle, but it nevertheless results in some clever and fascinating scenes and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Violence and tragedy keep taking turns appealing to the viewer's imagination and compassion and especially the scenes of Schroder and Jackson in the kitchen, where naturalness as well as impact of the dialogues reach the highest levels, are stunning. The music by Vladimir Horunzhy is sober and electronic and that suits this film remarkably well.

I just wonder why Tom Holland made this film for television and not for theater release. It would have been a hit in European film houses, and wide screen format would have done more justice to the solid camera work by James Hayman and crew. Therefore I suggest The film will be remastered and provided with full opening and end credits in order to prepare it for international theater release. Maybe Holland still has some cut scenes which should be in it and could be inserted. I don't think the film will ever become a hype (thank god) but it does not deserve to be lost in oblivion


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