6 user

Accidental Meeting (1994)

One of two rôle-reveresed remakes of Strangers on a Train (1951) made in the space of three years, the other being Once You Meet a Stranger (1996)



(story), (teleplay) | 1 more credit »

Comic-Con 2017: All Aboard the IMDboat


July 20 to 23, 2017

Get entertainment news, trailer drops, and photos with IMDb's coverage of 2017 San Diego Comic-Con featuring host and IMDboat captain Kevin Smith, including Saturday's live event.

Browse Our Guide to Comic-Con

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Mother Knows Best (TV Movie 1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A woman urges her daughter to get married. And when her daughter does, she doesn't think that she made a good choice. So she goes out and hires a killer to kill her son-in-law.

Director: Larry Shaw
Stars: Joanna Kerns, Christine Elise, Grant Show
The Perfect Teacher (TV Movie 2010)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A spoiled, selfish teenager becomes infatuated with her teacher. She befriends his daughter as a way of worming her way into the family, and sets about manipulating every aspect of his life.

Director: Jim Donovan
Stars: Megan Park, David Charvet, Boti Bliss
Body Language (TV Movie 1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

The ambitious Betsy is happy: she gets promoted to a leading management position. Her happiness is spoiled only a little by problems with a boyfriend who feels neglected and an harassing ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Allan Seidelman
Stars: Heather Locklear, Linda Purl, James Acheson
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

An American links her mothers death in Bankok to a plot involving Vietnamese refugees.

Director: James Becket
Stars: Janis Paige, Ken Wisan, Joke Tachalom
Web of Deceit (TV Movie 1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

After making a name for herself on the West Coast, a defense lawyer returns to her hometown of Atlanta to argue a controversial rape-murder case. But it's not all work and no play: once ... See full summary »

Director: Sandor Stern
Stars: Linda Purl, James Read, Paul DeSouza
Stranger at the Door (TV Movie 2004)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A suspense-thriller about a married couple whose adopted son turns up at their home after several years and has bad intentions.

Director: Douglas Jackson
Stars: Linda Purl, Andrew Kraulis, Perry King
A Last Cry for Help (TV Movie 1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Sharon appears to be a normal 17 year old girl with good grades, many friends, and a wonderful personality - hardly someone you think would be considering suicide. Her home life is ... See full summary »

Director: Hal Sitowitz
Stars: Linda Purl, Shirley Jones, Tony Lo Bianco
In Self Defense (TV Movie 1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A witness (Linda Purl) is terrorized by the killer (Billy Drago) against whom she testified.

Director: Bruce Seth Green
Stars: Linda Purl, Yaphet Kotto, Terry Lester
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Twenty years ago Danny Summer found his father hanging from the rafters on Christmas Eve. Ever since that night he has been plotting revenge. When Brian Hartwell moves into Jessica ... See full summary »

Director: Doug Campbell
Stars: Linda Purl, Maxwell Caulfield, Stacy Hogue
Under Cover (TV Movie 1991)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: Harry Winer
Stars: Tony Denison, Linda Purl, John Rhys-Davies
Incident at Deception Ridge (TV Movie 1994)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Add Ray and Dell are professional extortionists who make their living kidnapping rich men's wives for ransom. However, this time an unhappy marriage turns their plans awry. As they try to ... See full summary »

Director: John McPherson
Stars: Michael O'Keefe, Ed Begley Jr., Linda Purl
Once You Meet a Stranger (TV Movie 1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

This made-for-television remake of Alfred Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train" (1951) follows the same story, but has changed the genders of the lead characters from male to female. Sheila ... See full summary »

Director: Tommy Lee Wallace
Stars: Jacqueline Bisset, Nick Mancuso, Theresa Russell


Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Parris
Maryanne Bellmann
Richard (as Leigh J. McCloskey)
Jonathan Holtman
Jack Parris
Nancy Hochman ...
Bethany Richards ...
The Nurse
Yvonne Evans ...
Patricia North ...
D.J. Sullivan ...


One of two rôle-reveresed remakes of Strangers on a Train (1951) made in the space of three years, the other being Once You Meet a Stranger (1996)

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




R | See all certifications »




Release Date:

17 March 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Damski spisek  »

Filming Locations:

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



See  »

Did You Know?


Features Sorry, Wrong Number (1948) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

exciting meeting of two made-for-TV movie stars
28 January 2003 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

The plot is in the tradition of Alfred Hitchcock's 1951 feature Strangers on a Train, where murder swapping is suggested, with two women revealing there are men in their lives who they wish could be eliminated. Jennifer (Linda Gray) has an unfaithful husband, and Maryanne (Linda Purl) an exploitative boss. The narrative establishes Jennifer as bad since she takes the initiative, as a form of blackmail for Maryanne to also act, to keep her part of "the deal". The characters being female, as opposed to Hitchcock's males, also adds a different moral flavor, since women are traditionally the opposite of murderers. However, the reluctance of Maryanne forces Jennifer to keep on killing and threatening those closest to Maryanne, as a sign that Jennifer is serious in her expectation, and also psychotic.

As with Robert Walker in Hitchcock's film, the bad character is the more charming, and the calmness of Jennifer in the face of the growing hysteria of Maryanne is used for comic effect. The casting therefore makes allowances for either actress, by not demanding too much of Gray, and giving Purl the most emotional scenes.

Purl excels in her steely attempt to control her fear, however director Michael Zinberg errs in giving her an extended reaction to the discovery of a dead body. Credit is given to the film's top production values, and how attractively both women are lit and dressed, with Gray's blonde bangs in her brown hair a hint of radicalism, and Purl's thick blonde hair more conservative. Purl makes one line funny with her dry delivery. When she is told by the police that she was thought of as a suspect `What do you think of that?' she replies `Not a lot'.

The teleplay by Pete Best and Christopher Horner, based on a story by Best, repeats Jennifer's call for Maryanne to `be bold'. Although this can be interpreted as impulsive action, Jennifer's seeming sensitivity to Maryanne as the events unfold can also be read as the feminine response to a dilemma. Although Jennifer is given the humiliating scene of asking her husband if he `still finds her sexy', the pain she expresses after she kills reveals she feels remorse, underlined later when she asks Maryanne if she thinks the killing was easy to do. This makes the conclusion, where Zinberg reduces Jennifer to a monster, all the more disappointing. A plot point which means Maryanne is to be promoted and hence the man she wishes were dead is removed, is introduced after Jennifer has planned to kill him, which adds a nice fateful touch, though Maryanne's forgetful nature, which allows Jennifer to plant her earrings at the scene of the crime, is more an obvious device.

Zinberg provides opening cross-cutting between the two households, a beautiful view of a beach at sunset, uses a funpark location to recall the Hitchcock film, and Sorry, Wrong Number on television. However the attempt at comedy of the bumbling policemen falls flat, and his staging of the pivotal car accident and the final confrontation are weak, with the latter particularly bad.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: