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A Stranger Among Us (1992)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 17 July 1992 (USA)
Emily, a tough NYPD cop, is sent to an orthodox Jewish community to investigate a missing person plus $720,000 in missing diamonds. To solve what becomes a murder case, she has to join the community.

Director:

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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Yiddish | Hebrew

Release Date:

17 July 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Stranger Among Us See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,886,082, 19 July 1992

Gross USA:

$12,282,994

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,282,994
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

James Gandolfini's film/television debut. See more »

Goofs

The position of Melanie's handbag when she visits her father. 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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Alternate Versions

Originally rated "R", film was edited to receive a "PG-13" rating. See more »

Connections

Features Carefree (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Egypto Tech
by Roger Deller & Joe Misiti
Performed by The Turn-Ups
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A Look Into a Different World
1 February 1999 | by dawnprinSee all my reviews

I truly enjoyed this movie, despite bad reviews and comments about Melanie Griffith's role being not suited to her. It takes a cynical worldly woman cop (Griffith) into the strange world of Orthodox Jews when she goes undercover to investigate a murder. Her gradual acceptance into that world and growing respect for their customs and traditions was very moving to me. The warmth in the family meals and celebrations can be felt by the viewer and lets you understand how this cloistered world with rules for everything starts to look good to a woman who is so jaded and cynical in her outlook on life. The attraction between her and a Talmudic student provides sexual tension to the storyline, and the concept of finding the one person in all the world who was meant for you was so romantic.


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