6.3/10
24,335
88 user 33 critic

Single White Female (1992)

Trailer
2:02 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
A woman advertising for a new roommate finds that something very strange is going on with the tenant who decides to move in.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
Reviews
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

After her humiliated husband kills himself, an embittered pregnant widow loses her child, and embarks on a mission of vengeance against a woman and her family.

Director: Curtis Hanson
Stars: Annabella Sciorra, Rebecca De Mornay, Matt McCoy
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Drug addict Maggie Hayward's consistent violence, even in police custody, ends in the execution chamber. However, top-secret US government agent 'Bob' arranges a staged death, so Maggie can... See full summary »

Director: John Badham
Stars: Bridget Fonda, Gabriel Byrne, Dermot Mulroney
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A young woman fakes her own death in an attempt to escape her nightmarish marriage, but discovers it is impossible to elude her controlling husband.

Director: Joseph Ruben
Stars: Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin, Kevin Anderson
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A married man's one-night stand comes back to haunt him when that lover begins to stalk him and his family.

Director: Adrian Lyne
Stars: Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, Anne Archer
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A big-city reporter travels to the small town where her mother has been arrested for the murder of an elderly woman that she works for as a maid.

Director: Taylor Hackford
Stars: Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Plummer
Dead Calm (1989)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

After a tragedy, John Ingram and his wife Rae spend some time isolated at sea when they come across a stranger who has abandoned a sinking ship.

Director: Phillip Noyce
Stars: Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill, Billy Zane
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

After a break-in at their house, a couple gets help from one of the cops that answered their call. He helps them install the security system, and begins dropping by on short notice and ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Kaplan
Stars: Kurt Russell, Ray Liotta, Madeleine Stowe
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A couple works hard to renovate their dream house and become landlords to pay for it. Unfortunately one of their tenants has plans of his own.

Director: John Schlesinger
Stars: Melanie Griffith, Matthew Modine, Michael Keaton
The Good Son (1993)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A young boy stays with his aunt and uncle, and befriends his cousin who's the same age. But his cousin begins showing increasing signs of violent behavior.

Director: Joseph Ruben
Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Elijah Wood, Wendy Crewson
The Crush (1993)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A journalist becomes the unwanted center of attention for a 14-year-old girl, who proceeds to sabotage his life after he refuses her sexual advances.

Director: Alan Shapiro
Stars: Cary Elwes, Alicia Silverstone, Jennifer Rubin
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

A young woman develops a dangerous, obsessive friendship with her new roommate and plots to murder all those who she feels have done her new friend wrong.

Director: Keith Samples
Stars: Kristen Miller, Allison Lange, Todd Babcock
Copycat (1995)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An agoraphobic psychologist and a female detective must work together to take down a serial killer who copies serial killers from the past.

Director: Jon Amiel
Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Holly Hunter, Dermot Mulroney
Edit

Cast

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 ...
Twin
Krystle Mataras ...
Twin
...
Check Cashier
...
Desk Clerk (as Ken Tobey)
Edit

Storyline

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

Taglines:

How do you lock the terror out... when you already invited it in? See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

14 August 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mujer soltera busca  »

Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$47,922,919 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Like most old apartment buildings the building in this movie does not contain a floor 13. You can see the floor numbers on the elevator in a couple shots. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sam Rawson: [Sam talks to Allie while laying in bed] So how many kids do we want?
Allison Jones: I don't know. What's the statistical norm?
Sam Rawson: Oh... You and your statistics. One point two.
Allison Jones: Hm... Okay, then I want two point two. And I want them to look like you.
Sam Rawson: Oh, those poor kids.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Lost & Found (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

STATE OF INDEPENDENCE
Written by Vangelis and Jon Anderson
Performed by Moodswings
Featuring the voice of Chrissie Hynde
Courtesy of Arista Records Inc. / BMG Eurodisc Ltd.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Who needs references these days anyway?
26 August 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Single White Female is directed by Barbet Schroeder and adapted to screenplay by Don Roos from the novel "SWF Seeks Same" written by John Lutz. It stars Bridget Fonda, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Steven Weber, Peter Friedman and Stephen Tobolowsky. Music is by Howard Shore and cinematography by Luciano Tovoli.

When it's revealed that her partner Sam (Weber) has been cheating on her with his ex-wife, Allie Jones (Fonda) kicks him out of the apartment and advertises for a female roommate. She chooses Hedra Carlson (Leigh), who on the surface seems to be the perfect roommate. Smoothly helping Allie through her crisis, a real friendship is formed, but it's not long before Hedra starts to exhibit some dark behaviour patterns…..

The early 90s saw the "Woman from Hell" back in vogue in mainstream cinema. After the success and publicity of Fatal Attraction (1987), there was a period where you feel that sensible film makers wisely chose to let that particular film disappear from the film lovers memory banks. As it happens, they must have collectively chose 5 years as the cooling off period. For 1992 saw a wave of mad female on the loose pictures released. Led by the publicity gobbling Basic Instinct, films such as The Hand That Rocks the Cradle and Single White Female put bums on cinema seats and reopened the "Mad Bitch" sub-genre. Of the three, Single White Female grossed the least, which is strange since it's a better movie than the other two.

Schroeder's (Barfly/Reversal of Fortune) movie isn't a complete success, there's not enough development of the main characters and there's some unintentionally funny moments. But when it's good it's real good. Reeling off a number of memorable and often chilling scenes, film is further boosted by the psychological smarts in Roos' (Boys on the Side) screenplay. It helps that Schroeder has a knack for pacing, too, where he neatly simmers the plot until the spill over for the big finale. No disappointment there either, a good combination of genre staples is enhanced in impact by some unexpected character developments, and there's moments of genuine suspense to lure the viewer to the edge of their seat.

It's also stylishly shot by Schroeder and Tovoli (Suspiria/Tenebrae). Allie's Upper West Side apartment is imposing and expansive, with high ceilings, old time plumbing, a clunky lift and a dingy laundry in the basement. It's a different set-up for such a thriller, no picket fence harmony house or beach side residence, this is bustling New York, big spaces, but as it turns out, that means no hiding place. The boys behind the cameras get the maximum they can from the locale by blending imposing and ominous with grainy veneer and filtered light. On the acting front, the girls put great effort into making their thinly developed characters work, with Leigh doing a good line in progressive instability. While Friedman, Weber and a wonderfully naughty Tobolowsky, make the most of their secondary roles.

One or two obvious flaws aside, this still rounds out as a thoroughly enjoyable thriller. 7.5/10


11 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Anyone else feel sorry for Hedy at the end? cmjaustin
Heddy never existed. rebeldeditados
There would have been a lesbian scene if it was made today.... cmjaustin
Don't worry, I took care of her... arctanx
Anyone like the friendship? Ryu_2
Image on Back Of VHS Cover steve-williams29
Discuss Single White Female (1992) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?