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A Stranger Among Us -- A tough, female New York City cop is forced to go undercover to solve a puzzling murder, and her search for the truth takes her into a secret world of unwritten law and unspoken power.


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Writer (WGA):
Robert J. Avrech (written by)
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Release Date:
17 July 1992 (USA) See more »
In a dangerous world of mystery and intrigue, she's going undercover searching for the truth. See more »
Detective Emily Eden is a tough New York City cop forced to go undercover to solve a puzzling murder... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Interesting Look At Hassidic Way Of Life See more (38 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Melanie Griffith ... Emily Eden

Eric Thal ... Ariel

John Pankow ... Levine

Tracy Pollan ... Mara
Lee Richardson ... Rebbe

Mia Sara ... Leah

Jamey Sheridan ... Nick

Jake Weber ... Yaakov
Ro'ee Levi ... Mendel
David Rosenbaum ... Mr. Klausman
Ruth Vool ... Mrs. Klausman

David Margulies ... Lt. Oliver
Edward Rogers III ... Detective Tedford (as Ed Rogers III)
Maurice Schell ... Detective Marden

James Gandolfini ... Tony Baldessari
Chris Latta ... Chris Baldessari (as Chris Collins)
Burtt Harris ... Emily's Father
Ira Rubin ... French Rebbe
Françoise Granville ... French Rebbitzen

Rena Sofer ... Shayna
Shifra Lerer ... Yiddish Woman #1
Eleanor Reissa ... Yiddish Woman #2

Jim Lovelett ... File Room Clerk (as James Lovelett)

Jack Gill ... Zap Goon
Steve Hamilton ... Paramedic
Paul Zim ... Cantor
Drew Eliot ... Inspector
Sasha Pasmur ... Klausman Son (as Alexander Pasmur Jr.)

John Louis Fischer ... Yussel
Jack Beers ... Rebbe's Assistant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dean Rader-Duval ... Mugger (uncredited)

Abe Shainberg ... Chosid in Wedding and Funeral Scene (uncredited)

Jay Brian Winnick ... Rebbe's Advisor (uncredited)

Directed by
Sidney Lumet 
Writing credits
Robert J. Avrech (written by)

Produced by
Robert J. Avrech .... co-producer
Carol Baum .... executive producer
Sandy Gallin .... executive producer
Steve Golin .... producer
Burtt Harris .... line producer
Lilith Jacobs .... associate producer
Howard Rosenman .... producer
Sigurjon Sighvatsson .... producer
Susan Tarr .... co-producer
Original Music by
Jerry Bock 
Cinematography by
Andrzej Bartkowiak 
Film Editing by
Andrew Mondshein 
Casting by
Joy Todd 
Production Design by
Philip Rosenberg 
Art Direction by
W. Steven Graham 
Set Decoration by
Gary J. Brink 
Costume Design by
Gary Jones 
Ann Roth 
Makeup Department
Naomi Donne .... makeup artist
Carl Fullerton .... makeup designer
Craig Lyman .... makeup artist
Francesca Paris .... hair stylist
Allen Weisinger .... makeup artist
Scott Hersh .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
John H. Starke .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Burtt Harris .... assistant director
John Penotti .... assistant director
Art Department
Hal Bock .... head carpenter
John Ralbovsky .... scenic foreman
Bruce Swanson .... set dresser
Richard A. Ventre .... scenic artist (as Dick Ventre)
Sound Department
Richard P. Cirincione .... sound editor
Sara Corrigan .... sound
Tom Fleischman .... sound re-recording mixer
Susan Sklar Friedman .... assistant sound editor
Neil L. Kaufman .... sound editor
Bruce Kitzmeyer .... foley editor
Christopher Newman .... production sound mixer
Maurice Schell .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Gregory C. Tippie .... special effects
John Cenatiempo .... stunts
Jack Gill .... stunt coordinator
John Hayden .... stunts
Scott Rhodes .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
David E. Baron .... second assistant camera
Jack Coffen .... rigging electrician
David Norris .... camera operator: Wescam camera
Casting Department
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Timothy Alberts .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Jennifer Davidoff Cook .... first assistant editor
Anne McCabe .... apprentice film editor
Music Department
Jack Elliott .... conductor
Jack Elliott .... music adaptor
Jack Elliott .... orchestrator
Ed Rak .... music engineer
Other crew
Robert C. Albertell .... production assistant
Brett Botula .... location manager
Jay Cannold .... accountant
Marie Gabriel .... stand-in: Ms. Griffith
Sandy Green .... production accountant
Leelee Groome .... production assistant
David Hummel .... production assistant
David Penotti .... production assistant
Martha Pinson .... script supervisor
Maurice Schell .... adr loop group
Matt Widman .... location scout
Darren Wiseman .... assistant location manager
Malcolm Ritchie .... special thanks

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Rated PG-13 for language and violence (edited for re-rating)
110 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 | Iceland:L | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Singapore:PG | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:PG-13 (edited for re-rating) | USA:R (original rating)

Did You Know?

At the Sabbath meal the assembled group dances to a "niggun" (wordless melody) that is traditional among Lubavitch Chassidim. It is usually sung as a preparation to one of the Rebbe's discourses being repeated from memory, though; not as a slow circle-dance.See more »
Factual errors: The shot of the newsstand shows the Israeli newspaper "Ma'ariv". The movie takes place in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, home mainly to Chassidim of the Satmar dynasty who have been extremely anti-Zionist since the mid 20th century and probably not customers of "Zionist entity" publications. Also, the English-Jewish paper "The Jewish Press" is on display. Since Yiddish is the first language of most Williamsburg chassidim the main papers on display should be in the Yiddish language; Der Yid and/or Der Blatt are the preferred reads.See more »
Ariel:[Emily wants him to respond to her kiss] I can't!
Emily Eden:Can't or won't?
Ariel:It's the same thing.
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23 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Interesting Look At Hassidic Way Of Life, 13 April 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

Here's a very low-key movie that centers around Hassidic Jews and their lifestyles, similar to what "Witness" was with the Amish people. I found it to be interesting look at the Hassidic way of life.

The first half of the film is much better than the second half, or this would rated higher. It has two big things going for it: wonderful golden-hued cinematography and not much gratuitous sex and profanity. It's probably too low-key, at least in that second half which needed more suspense and action to be a better-liked and known film.

Despite being difficult believing the soft-spoken Melanie Griffith as a tough NYC cop, she still does an excellent job in the lead role and Eric Thai, ditto, as the romantic interest. There are a few disappointments in the last part of the film but the very ending is good and surprised me.

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