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The Comfort of Strangers ()


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A couple retreat to Venice to work on their relationship, but an encounter with a stranger leads them into a world of intrigue - where their darkest desires are in reach.

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Robert
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Colin
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Mary
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Caroline
Manfredi Aliquo ...
Concierge
David Ford ...
Waiter
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Rossana Canghiari ...
Hotel Maid
Fabrizio Sergenti Castellani ...
Bar Manager (as Fabrizio Castellani)
Mario Cotone ...
Detective
Giancarlo Previati ...
First Policeman
Antonio Serrano ...
Second Policeman

Directed by

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Paul Schrader

Written by

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Ian McEwan ... (novel)
 
Harold Pinter ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Mario Cotone ... executive producer
Linda Reisman ... associate producer
Angelo Rizzoli Jr. ... producer
John Thompson ... associate producer

Music by

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Angelo Badalamenti

Cinematography by

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Dante Spinotti

Film Editing by

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Bill Pankow

Editorial Department

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Giancarlo Barberi ... color timer
Sue Blainey ... assistant editor
Kristina Boden ... associate editor
Fabio Maiuri ... assistant editor
Daniele Sordoni ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Mary Selway

Production Design by

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Gianni Quaranta

Art Direction by

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Luigi Marchione

Set Decoration by

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Stefano Paltrinieri

Costume Design by

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Giorgio Armani

Makeup Department

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Laura Borselli ... assistant makeup artist
Walter Cossu ... makeup artist
Luciana Maria Costanzi ... assistant hair stylist (as Maria Costanzi)
Stefano Fava ... makeup artist
Paolo Franceschi ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Stefano Bolzoni ... unit manager
Adriano Di Lorenzo ... production manager
Pietro Sassaroli ... post-production manager
Alessandro Senaldi ... unit manager: Venice
Fabrizio Sergenti Castellani ... production supervisor (as Fabrizio Castellani)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Marco Guidone ... assistant director
Giacomo Lesina ... first assistant director

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Alessandro Alberti ... draughtsman
Luciano Bispuri ... props
Francesco Cagnone ... draughtsman
Franco Pizzonia ... construction coordinator
Floriano Porzionato ... props
Umberto Vandilli ... scenic artist

Sound Department

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Luca Anzellotti ... sound effects editor
Luciano Anzellotti ... sound effects
Massimo Anzellotti ... sound effects
James Beshears ... sound effects editor (as Jim Beshears)
Marko A. Costanzo ... foley artist
Susan Sklar Friedman ... assistant sound editor
Mark Goodermote ... boom operator
Bruce Kitzmeyer ... sound editor
Drew Kunin ... sound mixer
Maurice Schell ... supervising sound editor
Mel Zelniker ... re-recording mixer

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Deborah Imogen Beer ... still photographer (as Deborah Beer)
Sandro Bolli ... head grip
Fabio De Meis ... electrician
Felice Guzzi ... electrician
Enrico Lucidi ... camera operator
Alberico Novelli ... chief lighting technician
Fabio Olmi ... second assistant camera
Nicola Pecorini ... steadicam operator
Alessandro Rossi ... electrician
Marco Sacerdoti ... first assistant camera
Doriano Torriero ... best boy
Franco Torriero ... grip
Francesco Zaccaria ... electrician

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Mariolina Bono ... costume supervisor
Maria Giovanna Caselli ... assistant costume supervisor

Location Management

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Giorgio Padoan ... location manager: Venice

Music Department

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Thomas S. Drescher ... music editor (as Thomas Drescher)

Other crew

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Gabriella Di Santo ... production coordinator
Luciano Gallina ... crowd marshall: Venice
Rachel Griffiths ... script supervisor
Andrea Nuzzolo ... production secretary
Eugene Rizzo ... unit publicist (as Gene Rizzo)

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Plot Summary

An English couple holiday in Venice to sort out their relationship. There is some friction and distance between them, and we also sense they are being watched. One evening, they lose their way looking for a restaurant, and a stranger invites them to accompany him. He plies them with wine and grotesque stories from his childhood. They leave disoriented, physically ill, and morally repelled. But, next day, when the stranger sees them in the piazza, they accept an invitation to his sumptuous flat. After this visit, the pair find the depth to face questions about each other, only to be drawn back into the mysterious and menacing fantasies of the stranger and his mate. Written by

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Taglines The appearance of innocence. The heat of desire... See more »
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Also Known As
  • Cortesie per gli ospiti (Italy)
  • Étrange Séduction (France)
  • El placer de los extraños (Spain)
  • Ξένοι στην Βενετία (Greece)
  • Idegen kényelem (Hungary)
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  • 107 min
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Trivia Based on the 1981 novel by Ian McEwan. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze/The Comfort of Strangers/Defending Your Life/Mister Johnson/La Femme Nikita (1991). See more »
Soundtracks AMOREVOLE See more »
Quotes Robert: Let me tell you something: My father was a very big man. And all his life he wore a black mustache. When it was no longer black, he used a small brush, such as ladies use for their eyes. Mascara.
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