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Single White Female (1992)

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A woman advertising for a new roommate finds that something very strange is going on with the tenant who decides to move in.

Director:

Barbet Schroeder

Writers:

John Lutz (novel), Don Roos (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bridget Fonda ... Allison Jones
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Hedra Carlson
Steven Weber ... Sam Rawson
Peter Friedman ... Graham Knox
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Mitchell Myerson
Frances Bay ... Elderly Neighbor
Michele Farr Michele Farr ... Myerson's Assistant
Tara Karsian ... Mannish Applicant
Christiana D'Amore ... Exotic Applicant (as Christiana Capetillo)
Jessica Lundy ... Talkative Applicant
Renée Estevez ... Perfect Applicant (as Rene Estevez)
Tiffany Mataras ... Twin
Krystle Mataras Krystle Mataras ... Twin
Amelia Campbell ... Check Cashier
Kenneth Tobey ... Desk Clerk (as Ken Tobey)
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Storyline

When a 'Single White Female' places an ad in the press for a similar woman to rent a room (to replace the boyfriend she's just left), all the applicants seem weird. Then along comes a level headed woman who seems to be just right. The new lodger has a secret past which haunts her. Written by Rob Hartill

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Living with a roommate can be murder. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, and for violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mujer soltera busca See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,212,401, 16 August 1992

Gross USA:

$47,922,919
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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Bridget Fonda had the choice of playing either Allie or Hedy. She ended up choosing to play Allie, because she said it was a harder role. See more »

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On Allison's pay record on the computer, the pay dates are stated as 1st and 15th August 1991. Mitch states that the 15th pay is overdue and it is a Friday. Both of those days actually fell on a Thursday. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sam Rawson: [Sam talks to Allie while laying in bed] So how many kids do we want?
Allison Jones: I don't know. What's the statistical norm?
Sam Rawson: Oh... You and your statistics. One point two.
Allison Jones: Hm... Okay, then I want two point two. And I want them to look like you.
Sam Rawson: Oh, those poor kids.
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TRIO SONATA IN C, RV 60
Composed by Antonio Vivaldi
Performed by The Purcell Quartet
Courtesy of Hyperion Records Ltd.
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Not bad, for the early 90's...
9 September 2006 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

if you compare what other fare was offered to the audience, in the way of suspense/psycho films. Also, Jennifer Jason Leigh is always interesting to watch, she adds depth to an otherwise one-dimensional character.

Bridget Fonda is also good, as Allison Jones, a NY designer on her way up, (there is an amusing scene with Stephen Tobolowsky as her sleazy client). It is a bit hard to believe the square footage of the NY apartment however, for two young single girls to be renting something that size. Also, some scenes reminded me of Roman Polanski's "Rosemary's Baby"; the laundry room, the storage area, etc.

Steven Weber is the faithless fiancé, with whom Fonda has a falling-out, and then Hedy (Jason Leigh) decides he is fair game. She has a psychological disorder, apparently lost her twin sister at a young age, and has never recovered.

The usual psychodrama ensues. Fonda's upstairs neighbor, Graham, attempts to help her, advises her to get Hedy to leave the apartment. One scene which is quite odd is where Allison follows Hedy to a bar, there is some inference to "S and M" type behavior, but this is not developed. Strange.

Worth watching for Jason Leigh's performance, or if you like Bridget Fonda. Not the best thriller- If you want something truly psychologically frightening rent Polanski's "Repulsion", starring Catherine Deneuve.


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