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The Night We Never Met (1993)

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Brian, painter Ellen and chef Sam timeshare an apartment on different days. A shift on Mon/Wednesdays causes mistaken identity as Ellen and Sam have never met but leave notes, food etc. behind for each other.


Warren Leight


Warren Leight
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Broderick ... Sam Lester
Annabella Sciorra ... Ellen Holder
Tim Guinee ... Kenneth
Michelle Hurst ... Leslie
Dana Wheeler-Nicholson ... Inga
Brooke Smith ... Catha
Mary B. McCann ... Yogurt-Eating Date
Naomi Campbell ... French Cheese Shopper
Michael Mastro ... Triple Creme Cheese Shopper (as Michael Mastrototaro)
Katharine Houghton ... Less / More Cheese Lady
Mary Fulham Mary Fulham ... I'm Double Parked Lady
Kathryn Rossetter ... Excuse Me Shopper
Steven Goldstein ... 3rd Cheese Man
Catherine Lloyd Burns ... Deli Customer
Bitty Schram ... Pharmacy Clerk


Sam has a problem with his roommates: they are disgusting, and don't seem to share his views on responsibility, privacy, and basic hygiene. Such is his discomfort with his living arrangements that he agrees to share the occupancy of another flat: he gets two nights a week, the owner (a sleazy frat-boy yuppie named Brian, soon to be married) and Ellen (a would-be painter seeking relief from her boring marriage) each get their separate nights in the flat. Things go extremely well until Sam and Brian swap nights without telling Ellen, who attributes the "nice" things that happen around the place to the slob Brian, while berating the responsible Sam for his hedonistic lifestyle. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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A comedy with room for romance.


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Topmodel Naomi Campbell plays a cameo part as a customer in Matthew Broderick's cheese store, in which she explicitly prefers French cheese above American cheese, to the great dismay of Matthew Broderick's character. See more »


Inga: You are welcome to me!
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Performedy by Dr. John
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Written by Mack David, Alex Kramer, Joan Whitney
With permission of EMI Feist Ctalog, Inc., Bourne Co. Music
Publishers, Polygram International Publishing Inc. (ASCAP)
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Lovely, funny romantic comedy, which guys could like as well.
16 May 2019 | by imseegSee all my reviews

Only 11 reviews, mine included, which means this is truly one of the forgotten romantic comedy gems on Imdb. Such a shame, because it has got sharp humor, a frivolous story, a lovely feel good spirit and such great subtle sarcastic dialogues. All one could wish for in an edgy romantic comedy, which is quite a bit different from the average romcom stuff. That is the reason why guys could love this comedy as well, because there is very little sentimental romantic stuff going on. The romance part is more of a side note, because the main "theme" is about young people messing up their lives and trying to find a new place where they feel at home.

The story: Matthew Broderick is poor and finally finds an apartment in New York City. There's a catch, there is always a catch: he has to share his appartment with 2 other persons, meaning he has got only 2 days per week that he can call his apartment his own. This sharing creates a lot of confusion, resulting in several frivolous (romantic) encounters, for the better and for the worse...

Especially recommended for Matthew Broderick fans, because I think this is one of his better performances of his carreer. And I have seen ALL his movies. What I especially like is the understated, casual and sarcastic tone of this comedy, which is so typical of many Matthew Broderick movies. In this one this typical sarcastic comedy style is tweaked into perfection. Lovely and funny and with a great sarcastic bite to it!

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Release Date:

30 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Night We Never Met See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »


Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$911,736, 2 May 1993

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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