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When Strangers Appear (2001)

R  |   |  Action, Mystery, Thriller  |  22 January 2002 (USA)
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A man enters a roadside diner run by a young woman and claims he is being chased by murderers.

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Beth, a young woman who owns a restaurant close by an abandoned highway, shelters Barry, a young man who arrives at her door hungry and wounded. Soon, a group of men appears. Barry claims that they are after him. The handsome leader of the group tells Beth a different story... Written by Anonymous

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Even though the film is set in Oregon, USA, the Firestone ad on the side of the gas station refers to "tyres" not "tires". Beth also refers to the "car park", a term which is not used in the USA. See more »

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[last lines]
Beth: [after her cigarette gets damp] Shit!
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Filmed in sunny Foxton, the Hollywood of the South Seas See more »

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References The Hitcher (1986) See more »

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Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
Written by Gloria Caldwell, Sol Marcus and Bennie Benjamin
Performed by Santa Esmeralda
Courtesy of Universal Music
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Not that bad...
29 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Granted the premise has been done, but this is a fun suspense film and also as Josh Lucas in it, so add a few stars.

Radha Mitchell is basically a restaurant/motel owner in a desolate Oregon town. She has a customer (Barry Watson, child actor from "Seventh Heaven" for anyone who recalls that series, circa 1997).

Anyway, odd things start to occur and her doctor friend becomes a victim. Three strangers apparently on vacation drop in, and proceed to terrorize her.

Radha Mitchell is believable though, and has since been in a Woody Allen film ("Melinda and Melinda") so she does a few things right.

Watch for Josh Lucas in recent period piece "Stolen" also with Jon Hamm (from "Mad Men") a nice suspense film recently made in 2009. Overall give "Strangers" a chance. 8/10.


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