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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 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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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 »

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Trivia

This movie was used as the primary example of filmmaking on-set in Sidney Lumet's book "Making Movies" as he was shooting it at the time of writing. See more »

Goofs

The Ariel character has a neatly trimmed and partially shaved beard, while explaining payes (side curls). Ultra-Orthodox Jews do not shave any part of their beard or neck. 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

Referenced in Will & Grace: Star-Spangled Banter (2001) See more »

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Mi Bon Siach
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User Reviews

Lame story and mediocre acting but good portrayal of Hasidim
9 December 2001 | by mpcohenSee all my reviews

There is not much of a plot in this movie and fortunately it wastes relatively little time in developing it. Melanie Griffith is miscast as a cop. However, her acting, while not great, is not as bad as some have said. The main point of the movie, as far as I am concerned, is to portray aspects of the Hasidic community, which most people do not know much about. This movie tells much more about the Hasidim than Witness told of about the Amish. For this alone the movie is worth watching.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Yiddish | Hebrew

Release Date:

17 July 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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