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The Stranger (1973)

After a freak mishap, an astronaut finds himself on an almost precise copy of Earth (right down to the Plymouth cars). However, this planet has three moons, and is run by an Orwellian ... See full summary »

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Lee H. Katzin

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Corbett ... Neil Stryker
Cameron Mitchell ... George Benedict
Sharon Acker ... Dr. Bettina Cooke
Lew Ayres ... Prof. Dylan MacAuley
George Coulouris ... Max Greene
Steve Franken ... Henry Maitland
Dean Jagger ... Carl Webster
Tim O'Connor ... Dr. Revere
Jerry Douglas ... Steve Perry
Arch Whiting ... Mike Frome
H.M. Wynant ... Eric Stoner
William Bryant ... Truck Driver (as Bill Bryant)
Virginia Gregg ... Ward E Administrator
Steven Marlo ... Guard
Ben Wright ... Doctor
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After a freak mishap, an astronaut finds himself on an almost precise copy of Earth (right down to the Plymouth cars). However, this planet has three moons, and is run by an Orwellian government called The Perfect Order, who seek out and crush all dissidents either by outright assassination or by having them treated at "Ward E." Hunted and alone, the story traces the astronaut's efforts to evade capture and return home. Written by Leo L. Schwab <ewhac@best.com>

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The planet he uncovered was a twin to Earth...but so ominously different!

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 1973 (USA) See more »

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Stranded in Space See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Premiered (and made) on NBC Monday Night Movie, 26 February 1973. See more »

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The MST3K version replaces the original opening and ending titles with new titles. See more »

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Edited from In Like Flint (1967) See more »

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An Orwellian reworking of "Journey to the Far Side of the Sun" that isn't as bad (to me) as the other reviews would indicate.
15 October 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The other reviews for "The Stranger" were all very negative. Well, for some reason, I didn't hate this one and enjoyed watching it. Am I saying it was great? Nah...but it's worth seeing.

The story is a bit like the movie "Journey to the Far Side of the Sun" combined with "1984" and was intended as a pilot for a potential series. Back during the run of the "ABC Movie of the Week" it wasn't uncommon for the network to show pilots--either to see if the public liked them or to recoup their losses when they knew they weren't going to do the series. This one ultimately was not bought by the network--which was usually the case for these films. One exception that comes off the top of my head was the "Nightstalker" series...and I am sure a few more were first shown here and then became TV shows. Considering others didn't seem to like it, I guess the network did well by not approving the series!

An astronaut (Glenn Corbett) is in space one moment and the next he wakes up in a hospital. This was pretty sloppy and showed that the budget wasn't very high for this project. Anyway, the hospital folks are trying to act like everything is normal but they are actually watching him closely, as they know he's an alien and comes from a planet called 'Earth'. These Terrans look like humans and act much like them but they also live in a parallel world that isn't quite the same. The biggest difference is that the government is very repressive and their way of dealing with problems is violent and nasty...and after he escapes (?) they pull out all the stops to kill him. Can the astronaut manage to survive and even get help from these Terrans?

Okay...there were a few plot problems I mentioned above. Additionally, Corbett didn't have the best screen presence I've ever seen. But the story is interesting and kept me watching. In fact, I might have enjoyed a TV series like this one.


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