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 ... 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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How do you lock the terror out... when you already invited it in? See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The BDSM club exterior was from a former real Manhattan S&M club called the Vault (a.k.a. The Hellfire Club) in the meat packing district of Greenwich Village. The interior is a set, but the red signature V is on one of the walls. The entrance used, was from the gay club side called "The Manhole". See more »

Goofs

When Allison follows Hedy to the sex and bondage place, there is an older man with long hair and a woman coming down the stairs after her. However, when Hedy passes another man and woman standing at the bottom of the stairs, the man and woman who were following her are now in front of her having an argument. 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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Alternate Versions

For the Indian theatrical release, the CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) made cuts for an 'A' (restricted to adults) rating (Certificate #CFL/A/2516-MUM).
  • Reduce by 50% the love-making scene between Allie and Sam (Length Retained: 9.00 ft.)
  • Delete the visuals of the nude Hedra in the bath-tub.
  • Delete the visuals of bare breasted Hedra in bed while masturbating.
  • Reduce by 60% the visuals of the naked Hedra under the shower, deleting her frontal nudity (Length Retained: 7.07 ft.)
  • Reduce by 60% the visuals of love-making between Hedra and Sam, deleting visuals of her bare breasts (Length Retained: 45.00 ft.).
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Referenced in Undercover Brother (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

TRIO SONATA IN C, RV 60
Composed by Antonio Vivaldi
Performed by The Purcell Quartet
Courtesy of Hyperion Records Ltd.
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Better than todays thrillers.
18 December 2006 | by TheTwistedLiverSee all my reviews

I saw this movie in theater in 1992 and remember it being very entertaining and somewhat racy. Fourteen years later the film holds up well to the test of time. A major difference is in the level of nudity between this film and the thrillers of today. Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh are hot! lets see them naked and often. Barbet schroeder understands this, and we see them both naked from the onset of the film. The story and acting develop well, the dialog is well written and the camera work is adequate.

Jennifer Jason Leigh steals the show in this film, she does a superb job handling the transition in the character of Heddy with her body language and shyness into the transition of a sexually charged woman, who is assertive and obviously losing her grip on reality. She takes more risks and becomes bold and violent. Overall much better and more entertaining than any of the crap you will find being made today in Hollywood. Don't expect Shakespeare and just enjoy the ride.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Single White Female See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,212,401, 16 August 1992

Gross USA:

$48,017,402

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,017,402
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Company Credits

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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