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A Stranger Among Us (1992)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 17 July 1992 (USA)
Detective Emily Eden is a tough New York City cop forced to go undercover to solve a puzzling murder. Her search for the truth takes her into a secret world of unwritten law and unspoken ... See full summary »

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Sidney Lumet
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melanie Griffith ... Emily Eden
Eric Thal ... Ariel
John Pankow ... Levine
Tracy Pollan ... Mara
Lee Richardson ... Rebbe
Mia Sara ... Leah
Jamey Sheridan ... Nick
Jake Weber ... Yaakov
Ro'ee Levi Ro'ee Levi ... Mendel
David Rosenbaum David Rosenbaum ... Mr. Klausman
Ruth Vool Ruth Vool ... Mrs. Klausman
David Margulies ... Lt. Oliver
Edward Rogers III Edward Rogers III ... Detective Tedford (as Ed Rogers III)
Maurice Schell Maurice Schell ... Detective Marden
James Gandolfini ... Tony Baldessari
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Detective Emily Eden is a tough New York City cop forced to go undercover to solve a puzzling murder. Her search for the truth takes her into a secret world of unwritten law and unspoken power, a world where the only way out is deeper in! Written by Anonymous

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In a dangerous world of mystery and intrigue, she's going undercover searching for the truth. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for language and violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Yiddish | Hebrew

Release Date:

17 July 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Close to Eden See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$12,282,994
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At the Sabbath meal the assembled group dances to a "niggun" (wordless melody) that is traditional among Lubavitch Chassidim. It is usually sung as a preparation to one of the Rebbe's discourses being repeated from memory, though; not as a slow circle-dance. See more »

Goofs

The shot of the newsstand shows the Israeli newspaper "Ma'ariv". The movie takes place in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, home mainly to Chassidim of the Satmar dynasty who have been extremely anti-Zionist since the mid 20th century and probably not customers of "Zionist entity" publications. Also, the English-Jewish paper "The Jewish Press" is on display. Since Yiddish is the first language of most Williamsburg chassidim the main papers on display should be in the Yiddish language; Der Yid and/or Der Blatt are the preferred reads. See more »

Quotes

Ariel: I got a hot flash for you. Sex is nice.
Emily Eden: Sex is nice... How would you know?
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Referenced in Clerks (1994) See more »

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by Irving Berlin
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Treyf
17 July 2001 | by VibianaSee all my reviews

I'd say this movie was a showcase of ham, but then, I respect Jews. (And no, I'm not Jewish).

First off, Melanie Griffith as a hard-boiled cop is like casting Prissy from "Gone With The Wind" as Dirty Harry. Her "bad-ass mama justice" remarks come off about as well as they would if they were cooed by Linda Lovelace in the script of a porn movie. Seeing her simper and flirt and do all that coy crap around the young Talmudic scholar also disgusted me. I mean, the woman was assigned to investigate a disappearance in the Hasidic community and she shows up in a mini-skirt and says "s**t" in front of the rebbe within the first five minutes of the interview. Was she nodding off during all those diversity training seminars and community relations lectures at the police academy or what? Even if she was, wouldn't you expect someone who grew up in New York to have at least *some* familiarity with Judaism?

She treats every one of the Hasidim with arrogant condescension, in the type of "rude asshole" role that makes a viewer's teeth ache, yet we're supposed to somehow care whether, by the end of the movie, she's managed to understand and perhaps even respect them somewhat. And most of her "respect" is an outgrowth of her having the hots for Rebbe, Jr. Between insulting both Hasidic spirituality and the ability of a woman to perform as a professional without falling for some guy -- I mean, does our "heroine" do this on EVERY assignment or something? -- this movie is a busy two hours. Too bad it wasn't a better spent two hours for me. Thumbs DOWN.


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