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Never Talk to Strangers (1995)

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Sarah Taylor, a criminal psychologist, embarks on a torrid affair with a seductive stranger. However, she begins doubting whether she can trust him when a mysterious stalker begins harassing her.

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Peter Hall

Writers:

Lewis A. Green (as Lewis Green), Jordan Rush
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rebecca De Mornay ... Dr. Sarah Taylor
Antonio Banderas ... Tony Ramirez
Dennis Miller ... Cliff Raddison
Len Cariou ... Henry Taylor
Harry Dean Stanton ... Max Cheski
Eugene Lipinski ... Dudakoff
Martha Burns ... Maura
Beau Starr ... Grogan
Phillip Jarrett ... Spatz
Tim Kelleher ... Wabash
Emma Corosky Emma Corosky ... Young Sarah
Susan Coyne Susan Coyne ... Alison
Joseph R. Gannascoli ... Carnival Attendant
Reg Dreger Reg Dreger ... Flight Attendant
Frances Hyland ... Mrs. Slotnick
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Storyline

Sarah Taylor, a police psychologist, meets a mysterious and seductive man, Tony Ramirez, and falls in love with him. As a result of this relationship, she changes her personality when she begins to receive anonymous telephone calls. Written by Volker Boehm

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In A World Where Love Isn't Always Safe, Trust Can Be Deadly.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some strong graphic sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Canada | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nunca hables con extraños See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,400,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,849,998
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Raoul Ruiz was originally slated to direct this film. See more »

Goofs

In one of the last scenes (1:22:30) Tony points a Beretta M9 at Susan, but when the shot changes from the front to side/back of Tony pointing the gun at her. On the front facing shots with the gun, the gun is in "Loaded Closed Receiver" form, but in the side/back shots the gun is in an "Empty Open Receiver" form. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Max Cheski: I think sex is overrated, Dr. Taylor. Don't you?
Max Cheski: No, I guess not. You'd be out of a job, wouldn't you?
Max Cheski: I love that little scar... on your mouth.
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Alternate Versions

An unrated version is available on laserdisc. See more »

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Paranoia
Performed by Barstool Prophets
Written by Graham Greer, Al Morier, Glenn Forrester, Bobby Tamas
Courtesy of Mercury/Polydor Canada
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Compelling, well-made thriller
8 October 2007 | by cpbadgemanSee all my reviews

Though overlooked at the time of it's release, "Never Talk to Strangers" is a well-crafted thriller centering on the human dilemma of whether or not to trust others. Rebecca De Mornay stars as Dr Sarah Taylor, a psychologist in an unnamed city who has a difficult personal life. She meets the charming Tony Ramirez (Antonio Banderas) in a supermarket and- despite her many fears- is soon drawn into a passionate relationship with him. Soon after meeting Tony, Sarah acquires a stalker who sends her dead flowers and dismembers her pet cat. The audience is provided with a decent list of possible suspects including Tony, Sarah's missing ex-boyfriend Benny, or possibly her slightly sleazy upstairs neighbor (a surprisingly good Dennis Miller). Other possibilities include her alcoholic father, and associates of serial killer Max Cheski (the wonderful Harry Dean Stanton) on whom she is performing a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation.

As the plot unfolds, it appears as if De Mornay's character has nowhere to hide and nobody she can really trust. Various characters appear more or less likely to be guilty of terrorizing her. The film also very deftly portrays Sarah's need for a relationship with Tony even though she is terrified that he is hiding something from her. The acting is top notch and the plot is full of satisfying twists and turns. If you are in the mood for a strong, solid thriller then this ought to be a top choice.


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