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Once We Were Strangers (1997)

Antonio is a seductive, charismatic Sicilian living illegally in New York. He wanders from job to job, lives as a squatter and enjoys a carefree romantic tryst with a wealthy art dealer. ... See full summary »

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Emanuele Crialese
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincenzo Amato ... Antonio
Jessica Whitney Gould Jessica Whitney Gould ... Ellen
Anjalee Deshpande Anjalee Deshpande ... Devi
Ajay Naidu ... Apu
Lynn Cohen ... Natasha
Lázaro Pérez Lázaro Pérez ... Homeless Man (as Lazaro Perez)
Stephen Michaels ... Doctor
Adrián Witzke Adrián Witzke ... Todd (as Adrian Witzke)
Seamus McNally Seamus McNally ... Photographer / Bar Creep
Alisha McKinney ... Supermarket Cashier
Sherry Skinker Sherry Skinker ... Jen
Ostaro Ostaro ... Porn Shop Owner
Lou George ... Building Security
Robert Gourp Robert Gourp ... Porn Director
Susan Mitchell Susan Mitchell ... Cop
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Antonio is a seductive, charismatic Sicilian living illegally in New York. He wanders from job to job, lives as a squatter and enjoys a carefree romantic tryst with a wealthy art dealer. When he falls in love with Ellen, a strong-willed radio talk-show host who is set to move to Paris within a few days, he decides he must find a way to keep her from leaving. Meanwhile, Antonio's friend Apu faces a love challenge of his own. Apu is a young Indian-turned-New Yorker who was sent from his homeland with his family's life savings to find the American dream of success and fulfillment. He works hard at odds jobs-- from being a guinea pig in a drug-testing lab to dubbing porno films. Then his life is completely uprooted on the day his pre-arranged wife from India arrives in New York--the woman chosen by their families when they were children, one he hasn't seen since he was 8 and she was 4. Apu is caught between the old world and the new--trying to find love and happiness within the confines ... Written by <mwprods@mindspring.com>

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USA | Italy

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English | Italian | Hindi

Release Date:

5 May 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Antonio: Beautiful women are for men with no imagination.
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Soundtracks

Le quattro stagioni
Written by Antonio Vivaldi
Performed by Orchestra da camera italiana
Courtesy of BMG Ricordi Spa
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one of the finest and sweetest and well done films of '98 and i can't believe it's not in the theaters yet
28 June 1999 | by steve-494See all my reviews

i saw this film at the new york/avignon film festival in '98. i thought it was easily the best thing i saw there. and definitely one of the best films i saw that year. it was incredibly sweet and warm and i can't understand why it's not in theaters. it has a wonderful story, great performance, excellent characters. i keep looking for it so i can bring my friends. i just saw it opened in france. maybe it will come here. i'm writing this because it's a great film and people should see it. also, i'd like to get a copy of it some day. it's wonderful.


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