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The Stranger I Married (2005)

The Man Who Lost Himself (original title)
The life story of Terry Evanshen, a Canadian Football League star who fell into a coma after a near-fatal car crash. When he wakes up, he has no recollection of his family or anything else in his life.



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Complete credited cast:
Terry Evanshen
Lorraine Evanshen
Tracy Evanshen
Tara Evanshen
Tatum Knight ...
Jennifer Evanshen
Dr. Janice Golding
J.J. Albrecht
Julie Dumais ...
Nurse Angie
Billy Parrott ...
David Daniels ...
Patrick McManus ...
ER Surgeon
Zoe Heath ...
OR Nurse
Shant Srabian ...
Rehab Specialist


Terry Evanshen had a perfect life: at twelve he met Lorraine, his true love, future wife and mother of his three daughters Tara, Tracy and Jennifer, and decided to become an Canadian football star, which the hunk did brilliantly. Then a car accident puts him in a deep coma he's unlikely to survive. When he awakes anyway, Lorraine hopes that his amnesia, which reduces every aspect of his past to meaningless bits and flashes, will also be temporary and takes him home, but the grim prognosis of permanent brain damage causing nasty character disturbance seems to come true, as his behavior is erratic and so aggressive he scares everyone. Are Lorraine's flash-backs to happier days just a cruel memory, or can he learn to become their loving husband and dad again? Written by KGF Vissers

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He has become a danger to everyone he loves


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15 November 2005 (Canada)  »

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In the scene just prior to Terry forcing himself on his wife, the bandage is on his left arm in the mirror reflection when it is his right arm that was injured. See more »

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A Viewer from Texas
28 November 2005 | by (Plano, TX) – See all my reviews

I watched "The Stranger I Married" as it is named here in the US last night and again today. I have to say that there were several times during the movie that I found myself crying. David James Elliott was excellent as the tortured man who had lost his past. Wendy Crewson's portrayal of the wife who wanted the husband she had known for so many years was heartbreakingly realistic. The portrayals of the three daughter was also excellent. Mr. Elliott was brilliant in the scene where he keeps saying "who am I" and "that's not me." The powerful and raw emotions he put into those words vibrated through hopefully millions of TV screens throughout the U.S. But it was the words "I'm not him, but I'll always be me" that put the exclamation point to a beautiful acting job. Mr. Elliott and Ms. Crewson are to be commended on an performance that was made even more sensitive because it was, and is a true story. The real Mr. Evanshen must be proud of Mr. Elliott's ability to bring his story to such brilliant heights.


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