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Single White Female -- A newly-single yuppie's new roommate acquires more than just a room. Stylish, adrenaline-laced thriller stars Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
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Writers (WGA):
John Lutz (novel)
Don Roos (screenplay)
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Release Date:
14 August 1992 (USA) See more »
Allie's new roommate is about to borrow a few things without asking. Her clothes. Her boyfriend. Her life. See more »
A woman advertising for a new roommate finds that something very strange is going on with the tenant who decides to move in. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bridget Fonda ... Allison Jones

Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Hedra Carlson

Steven Weber ... Sam Rawson

Peter Friedman ... Graham Knox

Stephen Tobolowsky ... Mitchell Myerson

Frances Bay ... Elderly Neighbor
Michele Farr ... Myerson's Assistant

Tara Karsian ... Mannish Applicant

Christiana D'Amore ... Exotic Applicant (as Christiana Capetillo)

Jessica Lundy ... Talkative Applicant

Renée Estevez ... Perfect Applicant (as Rene Estevez)
Tiffany Mataras ... Twin
Krystle Mataras ... Twin

Amelia Campbell ... Check Cashier

Kenneth Tobey ... Desk Clerk (as Ken Tobey)
Eric Poppick ... Nosy Neighbor
Kim Sykes ... TV Reporter
Michael James Collins ... Cashier Manager

George Gerdes ... Super
Jerry Mayer ... News Vendor

Rob Steinberg ... Hedy's Date (as Robert Martin Steinberg)
Leslie A. Sank ... Woman in Club
Ron Athey ... Bartender
Kaaren Boothroyd ... Bookstore Customer
Jack Wilson ... Man in Cage

Directed by
Barbet Schroeder 
Writing credits
John Lutz (novel "SWF Seeks Same")

Don Roos (screenplay)

Produced by
Jack Baran .... executive producer
Susan Hoffman .... associate producer
Roger Joseph Pugliese .... co-producer
Barbet Schroeder .... producer
Original Music by
Howard Shore 
Cinematography by
Luciano Tovoli 
Film Editing by
Lee Percy 
Casting by
Howard Feuer 
Production Design by
Milena Canonero 
Art Direction by
P. Michael Johnston 
Set Decoration by
Anne H. Ahrens 
Costume Design by
Milena Canonero 
Makeup Department
Fern Buchner .... makeup artist: New York
Judi Goodman .... hair stylist: New York
Matthew W. Mungle .... special makeup effects
Candace Neal .... hair stylist
Lizbeth Williamson .... makeup artist
Production Management
Roger Joseph Pugliese .... unit production manager
Judith Stevens .... unit production manager: New York
Chantal Feghali .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marlene Arvan .... second assistant director: New York
Jack Baran .... first assistant director
Leslie Franks .... dga trainee (as Leslie D. Franks)
Daniel R. Suhart .... second assistant director
Jennifer Wilkinson .... DGA trainee: New York
Richard Hawley .... assistant director/screenplay (uncredited)
Art Department
Marjorie Coster .... assistant property master
Cosmas A. Demetriou .... lead set designer
Jodi Ginnever .... art department coordinator
Walt Hadfield .... construction coordinator (as Walton Hadfield)
Douglas E. Maxwell .... lead man
James Sorice .... chargeman scenic artist: New York
David Touster .... property master
James F. Truesdale .... assistant art director
James F. Walker .... construction foreman
Bonnie Bennetts .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sean Haworth .... set designer (uncredited)
John Hammer Maxwell .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
Tim Stadler .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Richard Beggs .... re-recording mixer
Gloria S. Borders .... supervising sound editor
Christopher Boyes .... assistant sound designer
Carl Fischer .... boom operator
Ken Fischer .... sound editor
Rob Fruchtman .... supervising adr editor
J.R. Grubbs .... assistant sound editor
Don Hall .... sound editor
Petur Hliddal .... production sound mixer
Tim Holland .... supervising sound editor
Tom Johnson .... re-recording mixer
Eva Kadrey .... assistant sound editor
Marilyn McCoppen .... sound editor
Tom Myers .... assistant sound designer
E. Jeane Putnam .... sound editor
Gary Rydstrom .... re-recording mixer
Gary Rydstrom .... sound designer
Claire Sanfilippo .... assistant sound editor
Robert Shoup .... sound editor (as Bob Shoup)
Frank Stettner .... sound mixer: New York
Ethan Van der Ryn .... sound editor
Gwendolyn Yates Whittle .... sound editor
James Allen .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
James Ashwill .... foley mixer (uncredited)
William Jacobs .... sound editor (uncredited)
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Josh Hakian .... special effects
Eddie Surkin .... special effects (as Eddie Etan Surkin)
Grady Holder .... lab technician: M.B.P. (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Paul Lasaine .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Michael Douglas Middleton .... visual effects plate photographer (uncredited)
Joni Avery .... stunts
Hannah Kozak .... stunt double
Jamie Jo Medearis .... stunts
Edward J. Ulrich .... stunt coordinator
Webster Whinery .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
David Burnett .... assistant chief lighting technician (as David R. Burnett)
Gary Dagg .... key grip
François Duhamel .... still photographer
Bob Hall .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Joe Kelly .... best boy grip
Brian LeGrady .... second assistant camera
Mike Miller .... key grip: New York
Mike Moyer .... gaffer (as Mike G. Moyer)
David W. Nims .... dolly grip (as David Nims)
Monty Rowan .... camera operator
Charles 'Woody' Lang .... best boy grip: re-shoots (uncredited)
Paul Taylor .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jakki Fink .... casting assistant
Todd Thaler .... extras casting: New York
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elisabetta Beraldo .... assistant costume designer
Jaqueline De La Fontaine .... costumer
Eileen Kennedy .... costume supervisor
Ingrid Price .... wardrobe supervisor: New York
Andrea Wallace .... assistant costume designer
Dayna Cussler .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Sarah Peddie .... assistant film editor
Emily Wallin .... first assistant editor (as Emily C. Wallin)
Eric Alan Donaldson .... post-production runner (uncredited)
Location Management
Andrew M. Comins .... location manager (as Andrew Comins)
Al Valentine .... location assistant
Music Department
Homer Denison .... orchestrator
Michael Dittrick .... music editor
Joel Moss .... music mixer
Joel Moss .... music recordist
David Olson .... assistant music editor
Jim Weidman .... music editor
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Frank Macchia .... music preparation (uncredited)
Blake Martin Moulin .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Tom Briggs .... transportation coordinator
James R. Brown .... transportation captain (as James Brown)
Other crew
Paul Condolora .... production trainee
Adam Cook .... office production assistant
Robert Dawson .... title designer
Jane Nerlinger Evans .... production office coordinator: New York
Christine Fugate .... assistant: Mr. Schroeder
Wilma Garscadden-Gahret .... script supervisor
Barbara Heller .... locations: New York
Elyse Katz .... production coordinator
Steve Kurland .... office production assistant (as Steven Scott Kurland)
Margaret Mitchell .... production accountant (as Margaret A. Mitchell)
Paul 'Sled' Reynolds .... animal trainer
Beverly Walker .... unit publicist
Gloria Zimmerman .... assistant: Mr. Baran
Chuck Dudley .... production assistant (uncredited)
Bill McCamey .... on-set nurse (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for strong sexuality, and for violence and language
107 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Bridget Fonda had the choice of playing either Allie or Hedy. She ended up choosing to play Allie, because she said it was a harder role.See more »
Continuity: After Hedra kills Graham (or rather, thinks she has killed him), she comes back to Allison's apartment, and takes a shower. After the shower, she wraps herself into a large bath towel and goes into her bedroom, where Allison follows her. But, suddenly, about one second after she has entered her room, we discover Hedra wearing a night shirt and a sweater. Apparently Hedra is a better quick-change artist than the world-famous Arturo Brachetti.See more »
[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.
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Who needs references these days anyway?, 26 August 2011
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

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

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