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A Stranger Is Watching (1982)

The 11-year old daughter and girlfriend of a man whose wife had been raped and killed in front of his daughter three years earlier are kidnapped by the same killer. Held captive in a bunker... See full summary »


Sean S. Cunningham


Mary Higgins Clark (novel), Earl Mac Rauch (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Mulgrew ... Sharon Martin
Rip Torn ... Artie Taggart
James Naughton ... Steve Peterson
Shawn von Schreiber ... Julie Peterson
Barbara Baxley ... Lally
Stephen Joyce ... Detective Taylor
James Russo ... Ronald Thompson
Frank Hamilton ... Bill Lufts
Maggie Task Maggie Task ... Mrs. Lufts
Roy Poole ... Walter Kurner
Maurice Copeland Maurice Copeland ... Roger Perry
Eleanor Phelps Eleanor Phelps ... Glenda Perry
Joanne Dorian Joanne Dorian ... Nina Peterson
Stephen Strimpell Stephen Strimpell ... Detective Marlowe
David Allen Brooks ... Big Bum (as David Brooks)


The 11-year old daughter and girlfriend of a man whose wife had been raped and killed in front of his daughter three years earlier are kidnapped by the same killer. Held captive in a bunker below Grand Central Station, the two plot their escape while the police try to track the kidnaper. Written by Jerry Milani <jmilani@ix.netcom.com>

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Beneath New York's Grand Central Station, a killer can hide, victims can disappear... and a million witnesses will never know it happened.


Crime | Horror | Thriller


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Release Date:

9 September 1982 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Un extraño te espía See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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an absolute atrocity from start to finish
10 October 2001 | by dtucker86See all my reviews

Like that character that Peter Finch played in Network, when I saw this movie I was mad as hell. First of all I think Mary Higgins Clark is one of our greatest living writers, I wrote to Ms. Clark several years ago and she was kind enough to reply. I love her books and A Stranger Is Watching was my all time favorite. The thing about this remarkable woman is that she is so good at creating lovable, courageous heroines that you can look up to. I think of Kate Demoio in The Cradle Will Fall or Pat Traymore in Stillwatch, but in my humble viewpoint, Sharon Martin in ASIW is her best heroine. I remember reading her book when I was in high school and I just fell in love with Sharon. In her book it is a six year old boy Neil Peterson who is kidnapped with her, not an 11 year old girl as they show in this film. One of the things about a thriller where people are in danger is that you have to care about them to feel the fright or suspense. The people who make these cheap slasher films create cookie cutter characters that you don't care about. Mary Higgins Clark is one of the few who did it right. When she wrote ASIW she created two of the most lovable characters you could possibly imagine. I LOVED Sharon and Neil! I was horrified at what Arthur Taggart did to them, gagging them, tieing them up and leaving them in a room with a ticking bomb! I remember there was a scene in the book where he fondled and kissed Sharon that just made me ill. WHAT WERE THE PEOPLE WHO MADE THIS STUPID MOVIE THINKING! Watching this film after reading her wonderful book is like watching someone throw a bucket of sewage over a lovely rose. They made Sharon so unlikeable I could not believe it. As I previously said, they just loosely followed her book. They should have stuck to it line by line and page by page. They had an opportunity to create one of the best thrillers of all time and they failed miserably. If I were the producer, I would have just had Mary Higgins Clark do the screenplay. Also, Sean S. Cunningham could not have been a worse choice to direct this. He is the one who directed Friday The 13th! Once again WHAT WERE THEY THINKING. This movie was downright painful to watch and an insult to Mary Higgins Clark. I think they should try to remake it and this time stick to her book.

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