8 user 1 critic

The Stranger Within (1990)

A troubled young man mysteriously appears in a rural Minnesota town from which he claims he was abducted 16 years ago.


Tom Holland


John Pielmeier
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Ricky Schroder ... Mark (as Rick Schroder)
Kate Jackson ... Mare Blackburn
Chris Sarandon ... Dan
Clark Sandford Clark Sandford ... Capt. Bender
Peter Breitmayer ... Phil Bender
Pamela Danser Pamela Danser ... Emma
Ross Swanson Ross Swanson ... Luke: age 3
Dale Dunham Dale Dunham ... Milo
Oliver Osterberg Oliver Osterberg ... Joe
Kelsey Rose Kelsey Rose ... Jill
Zachary Hunke Zachary Hunke ... Jason
Suzanne Egli Suzanne Egli ... Policewoman
James Harris James Harris ... Doctor


Mare's life is dominated by the kidnapping of her three year old little boy. After 12 years, she is pleasantly surprised to find Mark standing before her on the doorstep pretending to be her son. Her joy eventually turns into fear and panic after it becomes clear that the young man is a dangerous psychopath. Written by Willy Vanhaelen <willy.vanhaelen@advalvas.be>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Director Tom Holland and Chris Sarandon previously collaborated on Fright Night (1985) and Child's Play (1988). See more »


When Dan is taking a bath Mark/Luke brings in a tape and tape recorder with something for Dan to listen to and puts it on a shelf above the tub. While Dan and Mark/Luke are talking, Mark/Luke goes to leave and accidentally pulls on the electrical cord with his foot causing the tape recorder to fall towards the bathtub full of water which would supposedly electrocute Dan. Mark/Luke catches the tape recorder before it can fall into the bathtub full of water and Dan is saved. The problem is that the electrical cord is very clearly pulled completely out of the tape recorder and falls to the floor as soon as it begins to fall. When we change to a different camera view the cord magically has been reinserted into the socket of the tape recorder, which is only 12 volts as evidenced by the AC adapter in the plug in the wall which is shown in a camera shot when Mark/Luke pulls on the tape recorder cord with his foot causing it to fall. See more »


References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

User Reviews

Outstanding Emotional Roller Coaster
13 July 2017 | by robert23-1See all my reviews

I have been a fan of both Kate Jackson(Charlie's Angels and Ricky(Rick) Shroder("Silver Spoons")both of whom are my favourite actors. I have had the pleasure of watching movies of both but by far Rick's performance in this movie is an absolute "tour DE force The "roller coaster" ride he took us on was nothing short of phenomenal. Initially his character was sooo believable that the eventual turn of events and ending was a complete shocker. The casting director obviously knew that these roles were tailor made for both exhibited by the on-screen chemistry. This movie was very worth watching even though the plot development may have seemed to be predictable. Nevertheless, Rick's performance is worth it all

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

27 November 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az idegen See more »

Filming Locations:

Minnesota, USA

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page

Recently Viewed