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The Familiar Stranger (2001)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Mystery  |  12 March 2001 (USA)
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A woman (Margaret Colin) discovers that her husband faked his death and assumed a new identity, while she struggled for 10 years as a single mother.



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Elizabeth 'Peachy' Welsh
Patrick Hennessy Welsh / Timothy Michael Kingsbury
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Young Ted Welsh
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Patrick Hennessy Welsh had a fine job at an Ohio university, but abused it to cash fake expenses filed under the names of unsuspecting professors. When he is found out and condemned, his wife Elisabeth and sons Chris and Ted find a note that he has committed suicide and will love and watch them from heaven. Years later, when they have painstakingly adjusted to life without a dad, she learns from the insurance company he is not dead- it appears he has been allowed to start a new life as Timothy Michael Kingsbury to pay off debts. Elisabeth first approaches him alone, but doesn't even get financial compensation for the repayment demanded by his falsely paid-out life insurance. Ultimately she tells the boys the truth, as she intends to sue him... Written by LGF

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She married the man of her dreams and found herself in the nightmare of her life.


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12 March 2001 (USA)  »

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My Husband's Double Life  »

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Nice TV movie
24 January 2005 | by (Vlissingen, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

My TV guide said that was a thriller, now at the end i just knew it could not be a thriller. It isn't; it's drama. TV guide was wrong. ;-). Now at the end they said that this was based on a real story, with some dramatic and added fiction. My first thought was: What was a real and what was not? The way the man faked his death? The way he felt sorry for his family? The way she, the wife was afraid of bonding? I don't know. I liked the movie, it's a nice TV-movie. But it starts slow, you see how close the family is to a certain point and then he is gone. The children suddenly grow up and then dad turns out to be alive. OK, nice! Why did the judge or social security not found out that he was already married or so? That's the only thing that kinda bite me.

For overall this movie is a 6 out of 10. Not perfect, not bad but just nice.

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