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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

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 position of Melanie's handbag when she visits her father. See more »

Quotes

Emily Eden: With due respect, sir, inside every honest man, there's a thief trying to get out...
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Alternate Versions

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

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Referenced in By Sidney Lumet (2015) See more »

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Egypto Tech
by Roger Deller & Joe Misiti
Performed by The Turn-Ups
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Interesting Look At Hassidic Way Of Life
13 April 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Here's a very low-key movie that centers around Hassidic Jews and their lifestyles, similar to what "Witness" was with the Amish people. I found it to be interesting look at the Hassidic way of life.

The first half of the film is much better than the second half, or this would rated higher. It has two big things going for it: wonderful golden-hued cinematography and not much gratuitous sex and profanity. It's probably too low-key, at least in that second half which needed more suspense and action to be a better-liked and known film.

Despite being difficult believing the soft-spoken Melanie Griffith as a tough NYC cop, she still does an excellent job in the lead role and Eric Thai, ditto, as the romantic interest. There are a few disappointments in the last part of the film but the very ending is good and surprised me.


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