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Perfect Strangers -- A woman goes home with the best-looking stranger, only to discover she's been kidnapped.


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Release Date:
9 October 2003 (Australia) See more »
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3 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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A very fine film that will hopefully see some North American distribution See more (36 total) »


  (in credits order)

Rachael Blake ... Melanie

Robyn Malcolm ... Aileen

Madeleine Sami ... Andrea

Jed Brophy ... Pete

Joel Tobeck ... Bill

Paul Glover ... Jim

Sam Neill ... The Man
George Cassells ... Takeaway Patron
Louis Cassells ... Takeaway Patron

Nic Farra ... Takeaway Patron
Nic Gorman ... Takeaway Patron
Lorraine Ryder ... Publican
Ian Ryder ... Publican
Richard Bullock ... Bushman
Paul O'Shea ... Bushman
Geoffrey Knight ... Pub Patron (as Geoff Knight)
Jim Dynes ... Pub Patron
Pete Galliher ... Pub Patron
Don McGlashan ... The Band
Barry Saunders ... The Band
Hammond Gamble ... The Band
Alan Norman ... The Band
Ross Burge ... The Band

Directed by
Gaylene Preston 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gaylene Preston  written by

Produced by
Jay Cassells .... associate producer
Robin Laing .... producer
Gaylene Preston .... producer
Original Music by
David Donaldson 
Plan 9 
Steve Roche 
Janet Roddick 
Cinematography by
Alun Bollinger 
Film Editing by
John Gilbert 
Casting by
Liz Mullane 
Production Design by
Joe Bleakley 
Makeup Department
Anita Brolly .... additional makeup artist
Jane O'Kane .... key hair stylist
Jane O'Kane .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Shara Hudson .... post-production supervisor
Vanessa Redmond .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Emma Hinton .... second assistant director
Terri Kilmartin .... first assistant director
Art Department
Birgitta Nilsson .... art department coordinator
Troy Stephens .... scenic artist
Sound Department
Michael Hedges .... re-recording mixer
Gilbert Lake .... mix assistant
Matthew Lambourn .... assistant sound editor
Robyn McFarlane .... foley recordist
Polly McKinnon .... adr editor
Polly McKinnon .... dialogue editor
Carolyn McLaughlin .... foley artist
Tim Prebble .... sound designer
Ken Saville .... sound recordist
Chris Ward .... adr recordist
Mark Williams .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Ben Hawker .... prosthetic technician: special effects makeup
Iain Hutton .... special effects: workshop
Visual Effects by
Alex Lemke .... senior compositor
Jade Lorier .... scanning coordinator
John P. Nugent .... on-set supervisor: Weta Digital
Mohan Ramachandran .... scanning and recording technician: Weta Digital
Campbell Rose .... digital compositor
Greg Spencer .... data wrangler
Annette Wullems .... visual effects producer
Nick Booth .... scanning and recording supervisor: Weta Digital (uncredited)
Phil Greig .... lab technician (uncredited)
Hayley Stent .... stunt double: Rachael Blake
Sheree Swords .... stunt double
Stuart Thorp .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
T.K. Bedford .... electrician
Solomon Bollinger .... lighting technician
Max Catterick .... best boy
Adam Clark .... director of photography: second unit
Belinda Crayford .... gaffer
Roger Feenstra .... first assistant camera
Hamish McIntyre .... key grip
Ruru Reedy .... electrician
Geoffrey Short .... still photographer
Casting Department
Anne Chamberlain .... extras casting
Editorial Department
Julie Alp .... assistant editor
Clare Burlinson .... video colorist
Jon Newell .... telecine rushes
Kent Pritchett .... colorist: dailies
Music Department
Mike Gibson .... soundtrack mastering
Mike Gibson .... soundtrack: recording & mixing tracks 2, 3, 4
Other crew
Wynter Blathwayt .... credits design
Anne Chamberlain .... unit publicist
Whetu Fala .... assistant: directors
Shara Hudson .... production secretary
Ian Madison .... executive associate: Sam Neill
Joan Scheckel .... associate script developer
Joan Scheckel .... script developed in association with
Karen Soich .... chief legal advisor
Richard Fletcher .... special thanks

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Rated PG-13 for some violence, sexual content and brief language
Australia:96 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Continuity: Near the end of the movie, as Melanie is eating, there is a shot where she has a big piece of egg on her fork. In the next shot, it's a small piece of meat, and she is holding the fork differently.See more »


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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A very fine film that will hopefully see some North American distribution, 1 October 2003
Author: bebaker from Vancouver, Canada

Saw Perfect Strangers at the Vancouver Film Fest, September 30, 2003. Well made, and thouroughly engaging movie that suprises at many turns. The simple story of a working class woman who goes home from a bar with an interesting stranger becomes first a story of kidnapping but then moves to a more complex story of love, obsession, and fear.

As with many foreign films, Pefect Strangers is not afraid to mix fantasy with reality. And, it helps to have excellent direction, music, and above all acting by the two leads.

I recommend this film if you get a chance to see it, or eventually rent it.

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