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The Stranger (1987)

A woman suffering from amnesia discovers that she is the sole surviving witness to a brutal murder. Although the police can find no clues about any murder, the killers begin to hunt her.

Director:

Adolfo Aristarain

Writer:

Dan Gurskis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bonnie Bedelia ... Alice Kildee
Peter Riegert ... Dr. Harris Kite
Barry Primus ... Sergeant Drake
David Spielberg ... Hobby
Marcos Woinsky ... Macaw (as Marcos Woinski)
Cecilia Roth ... Anita
Jacques Arndt ... Rhea
Ricardo Darín ... Clark Whistler
Julio De Grazia ... Jay
Milton James ... Brandt
Julio Kaufman Julio Kaufman ... Dr. Hobby (as Julio Kaufaman)
Ernesto Larrese Ernesto Larrese ... Lark
Sacha Favelevic Sacha Favelevic ... Robin
Federico Luppi ... Manager
Miguel Ángel Paludi Miguel Ángel Paludi ... Croupier (as Miguel Paludi)
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A woman suffering from amnesia discovers that she is the sole surviving witness to a brutal murder. Although the police can find no clues about any murder, the killers begin to hunt her.

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Trivia

The movie being shown at the theatre is actually this film's opening scene. See more »

Soundtracks

Mirrors and Lights
Music by Craig Safan
Lyrics by Mark Mueller
Sung by Deborah Ludwig Davis (as Debbie Davis)
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good amnesia thriller with an original twist towards the end
19 January 2005 | by FieCrierSee all my reviews

We see a woman hiding in an isolated house, as two armed men terrorize three people in the living room, and a pop song plays loudly on a record player. The three people get shot, and the woman runs. She winds up in town, where she hops into her car and speeds off, but gets into an accident, and someone sets her car ablaze. However, she'd gotten out of the car before it caught fire, and winds up in the hospital with amnesia. All she can remember is the gunmen, the murders, and fleeing the house.

A psychiatrist returns to the hospital he works at, having lost over $60,000 in Las Vegas. He treats the woman with amnesia until a specialist can arrive from out of town. The police, not knowing anything about the murders she remembered, are skeptical. They disseminate her photo by newspaper and TV, and a gunman soon arrives to kill her, at which point she's taken a little more seriously. The bad guys intimidate the doctor, by buying his marker, and demanding that he find out what happened to something of theirs the woman took. I know I've seen other movies with the plot element of "bad guys pressure doctor to find out information from patient," but the only one I can think of at the moment is Don't Say a Word (2001) - which I would say was a better movie than this one.

This was a pretty good thriller. There was a neat twist towards the end I particularly liked that cleared up a question I had that had occurred to me early on in the movie. The ending itself was fairly predictable.


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Country:

Argentina | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Estranha See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Michael Nolin, Tusitalia See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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