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Perfect Strangers (1984)

A hit-man tries to seduce the mother of a child who witnessed his most recent kill.

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Larry Cohen

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Larry Cohen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Carlisle ... Sally
Brad Rijn ... Johnny
John Woehrle John Woehrle ... Fred
Matthew Stockley Matthew Stockley ... Matthew
Stephen Lack ... Lieutenant Burns
Ann Magnuson ... Malda
Zachary Hains Zachary Hains ... Moletti
Otto von Wernherr Otto von Wernherr ... Private Detective
Kitty Summerall Kitty Summerall ... Joanna
Steven Pudenz Steven Pudenz ... Man in Cemetary
Bill Fagerbakke ... Carl
Bruce Jerreau Bruce Jerreau ... Manny
Leo Shawah Leo Shawah ... Carlos
Joe Chiaramonte Joe Chiaramonte ... Murder Victim
Conrad Bergschneider Conrad Bergschneider ... Carousel Operator (as Conrad O. Bergschneider)
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A hit-man tries to seduce the mother of a child who witnessed his most recent kill.

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When they get you when they want you they can lead you... anywhere! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blind Alley See more »

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Hemdale See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Connections

References The Grapes of Wrath (1940) See more »

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Mama, Look What the Big City's Doin' To Your Little Boy
Written by Michael Minard
Performed by Michael Minard
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Low budget, off-beat film noir.
5 September 2000 | by miralgpaSee all my reviews

This low-budget crime drama deserves a second look (unfortunately it is currently unavailable in video). It is a good example of modern film noir, with its gritty realism, excellent New York location photography, and moody score.

The story involves, Johnny, a hitman (played by Brad Rijn), whose contract hit on a gangland rival is witnessed by a three year old boy, playing in his backyard. Johnny's initial motivation to "eliminate" the one witness to the crime (under orders of his mob boss) becomes conflicted by his growing romantic involvement with the boy's mother, Sally, (played by Anne Carlisle). Occasional semicomic relief is provided by the incomparable Ann Magnuson, in the role of a male-hating ultra-feminist and best friend of Sally.

The story is by no means perfect and the ending somewhat disappointing. But its appeal lies in its offbeat look and quirky directing and acting. This is a film with definite cult potential.


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