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Single White Female (1992)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  14 August 1992 (USA)
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A woman advertising for a new roommate finds that something very strange is going on with the tenant who decides to move in.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mitchell Myerson
Elderly Neighbor
Michele Farr ...
Myerson's Assistant
Mannish Applicant
Exotic Applicant (as Christiana Capetillo)
Talkative Applicant
Perfect Applicant (as Rene Estevez)
Tiffany Mataras ...
Krystle Mataras ...
Check Cashier
Desk Clerk (as Ken Tobey)


When a 'Single White Female' places an ad in the press for a similar woman to rent a room (to replace the boyfriend she's just left), all the applicants seem weird. Then along comes a level headed woman who seems to be just right. The new lodger has a secret past which haunts her. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Living with a roommate can be murder. See more »


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, and for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 August 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mujer soltera busca  »

Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)


$47,922,919 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Whoopi Goldberg auditioned for the role of Allison Jones. See more »


On Allison's pay record on the computer, the pay dates are stated as 1st and 15th August 1991. Mitch states that the 15th pay is overdue and it is a Friday. Both of those days actually fell on a Thursday. See more »


Hedra Carlson: [looking for Allison] Ally? Ally, come out of hiding now! I'm scared!
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Referenced in Woke Up Dead: Single Dead Female (2009) See more »


Composed by Antonio Vivaldi
Performed by The Purcell Quartet
Courtesy of Hyperion Records Ltd.
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Not bad, for the early 90's...
9 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

if you compare what other fare was offered to the audience, in the way of suspense/psycho films. Also, Jennifer Jason Leigh is always interesting to watch, she adds depth to an otherwise one-dimensional character.

Bridget Fonda is also good, as Allison Jones, a NY designer on her way up, (there is an amusing scene with Stephen Tobolowsky as her sleazy client). It is a bit hard to believe the square footage of the NY apartment however, for two young single girls to be renting something that size. Also, some scenes reminded me of Roman Polanski's "Rosemary's Baby"; the laundry room, the storage area, etc.

Steven Weber is the faithless fiancé, with whom Fonda has a falling-out, and then Hedy (Jason Leigh) decides he is fair game. She has a psychological disorder, apparently lost her twin sister at a young age, and has never recovered.

The usual psychodrama ensues. Fonda's upstairs neighbor, Graham, attempts to help her, advises her to get Hedy to leave the apartment. One scene which is quite odd is where Allison follows Hedy to a bar, there is some inference to "S and M" type behavior, but this is not developed. Strange.

Worth watching for Jason Leigh's performance, or if you like Bridget Fonda. Not the best thriller- If you want something truly psychologically frightening rent Polanski's "Repulsion", starring Catherine Deneuve.

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