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Strangers When We Meet (1960)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 15 September 1960 (UK)
A suburban architect loves his wife but is bored with his marriage and with his work, so he takes up with the neglected, married beauty who lives down the street.

Director:

Richard Quine

Writers:

Evan Hunter (screenplay), Evan Hunter (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kirk Douglas ... Larry Coe
Kim Novak ... Margaret 'Maggie' Gault
Ernie Kovacs ... Roger Altar
Barbara Rush ... Eve Coe
Walter Matthau ... Felix Anders
Virginia Bruce ... Mrs. Wagner
Kent Smith ... Stanley Baxter
Helen Gallagher Helen Gallagher ... Betty Anders
John Bryant John Bryant ... Ken Gault
Roberta Shore ... Linda Harder
Nancy Kovack ... Marcia
Carol Douglas Carol Douglas ... Honey Blonde
Paul Picerni ... Arthur Gerandi
Ernest Sarracino ... Frank Di Labbia
Harry Jackson Harry Jackson ... Bud Ramsey
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Storyline

The awarded architect Larry Coe lives a boring marriage with his wife Eve Coe and their two young sons in the suburb. Larry is designing and constructing an unique house to the successful writer Roger Altar (Ernie Kovacs) on the top of a hill. Margaret 'Maggie' Gault is a sexy blond sexually neglected by her husband Ken Gault that lives in the same neighborhood and they have a young son. When Larry meets Maggie at the bus stop of the school bus, he unsuccessfully hits on her. But soon they encounter each other again and they have a love affair. They fall in love with each other, but when their despicable neighbor Felix Anders discovers their affair, they have to decide between loyalty and respect to their families or love. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The Heavens and Hells of Marital Infidelity! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1960 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Fremde, wenn wir uns begegnen See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Nancy Kovack's film debut. See more »

Goofs

When Larry is going in to grocery store he takes a cart and pushes it over to Felix But when he starts talking to Felix he has no cart and he does not retrieve it when he leaves Felix to enter store. See more »

Quotes

Larry Coe: You don't think much of women, do you, Felix?
Felix Anders: I love them. Every last one of them. But they're all the same. They want romance. There's nothing romantic about the slob they see shaving in his pajamas. You and me, Larry, we're furniture in our own homes. But if we go next door... Next door, we're heroes. A guy like you, works at home, you got plenty of opportunity for going next door.
Larry Coe: Sure. I go next door all the time. A lovely lady of 60 lives there. Let's have some coffee, Felix.
Felix Anders: Larry, you ...
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Connections

Referenced in El crack dos (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Strangers When We Meet
Music by George Duning
Lyrics by Richard Quine
Performed by chorus over main credits
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One of the sexiest movies ever made!
4 April 2001 | by bethster2000See all my reviews

Kim Novak and Kirk Douglas positively steam up the screen in this well-done film depicting a torrid suburban affair in Eisenhower's sexually repressed America. It is a great story and is singlehandedly responsible for my being a huge Kim Novak fan. Not only was (is) she undeniably beautiful, she is a remarkable actress. Look for Walter Matthau in a villainous turn, and the great Ernie Kovacs in one of his final performances.


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