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Random Encounter (1998)

Unrated | | Thriller, Crime | 18 September 1998 (USA)
Elizabeth Berkley stars as a young and rising Public Relations executive who meets a strange man after a cocktail party, and she is framed for murder.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Berkley ... Alicia 'Allie' Brayman
J.H. Wyman ... Kyle Jones (as Joel Wyner)
Frank Schorpion ... Det. Ed Royko
Barry Flatman ... Blake Preston
Mark Walker ... Avery Shaw
Ellen David ... Sharon
Susan Glover Susan Glover ... Judy Grant
Joanna Noyes ... Eilen Brayman
Frank Fontaine ... Frank Brayman
Mary Bradley Mary Bradley ... Madeleine
Alan Fawcett Alan Fawcett ... Jack Barton
Maxine Guess ... Jane Rawlings
Mark Camacho ... Mark Brewster
Dean Patrick Fleming Dean Patrick Fleming ... Kevin Douglas (as Dean Fleming)
Stephanie Bauder Stephanie Bauder ... Attendant


Elizabeth Berkley stars as a young and rising Public Relations executive who meets a strange man after a cocktail party, and she is framed for murder.

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Release Date:

18 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Ultra Stereo


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There are scenes on the back of the various VHS and DVD covers of the film that aren't in the final cut of the film. See more »


Allie: I usually don't take a drink from a stranger.
Kyle: Well, I'm Kyle,you're Allie. Now we're no longer strangers.
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Lost In The Wind
Lyrics and Music by Alexander Caplan
Performed by Alexander Caplan
Used with the permission of 280 Records
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Jessie Spano is all grown up!
20 February 2006 | by vchimpanzeeSee all my reviews

After Japanese tourists are killed in a rental car, Chicago public relations executive Allie Brayman sees this as an opportunity. Allie is up for a big promotion, and while she has a go-go-go lifestyle, with a BMW whose license plate says 'PRRRRR' (how cute!), she does make time for her family. It's a good thing, because her father is not in good health.

Allie also has time for romance. At a work-related party at the Cook County Railroad Museum (actually the Canada Railway Museum), she meets Kyle. Unfortunately, Kyle has a jealous ex-girlfriend with serious drug and alcohol problems, and what happens next becomes a public relations nightmare for Allie.

And just when Allie thinks things can't get any worse, they do. This movie becomes quite a chilling adventure, with lots of interesting twists.

I didn't recognize Elizabeth Berkley at first. Before I turned this movie on, I didn't even know who was in it. I just concluded it looked interesting. Berkley wasn't anything special at first, and I was prepared to say that the best thing about her was how good she looked. Even that wasn't noticeable at first, since she looked completely professional in her first scene. Later, though, she effectively showed a number of different emotions, and being a public relations person, Allie would have to know how to lie convincingly. She did! Berkley had a number of good scenes.

Joel Wyner did a great job as the mysterious Kyle. And Barry Flatman also impressed as Allie's boss.

There was some violence, but not too much. The real concern for parents, in addition to the adult situations, would be sexual content.

The railroad museum was one of my favorite parts of the movie, especially when old-style jazz music was played. I liked the old train cars.

It wasn't a great mystery/thriller, but I wouldn't say bad either.

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