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Stranger in Town (1998)

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Movie 18 October 1998
New to a small town, a city teen grows suspicious of a man who befriended him and his single mother.

Director:

Stuart Margolin

Writer:

John Hopkins
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Hamlin ... Jack
Rebecca Jenkins Rebecca Jenkins ... Katherine
Graham Greene ... Eddie Lester
Trevor Blumas ... Aaron
Alison Pill ... Hetty
Carly McKillip ... Kim
Chad Krowchuk ... Patrick
Trevor Steve Trevor Steve ... Wimpy
Shaun Johnston ... Police Chief Waller
Iain MacLean Iain MacLean ... Officer Nichols
Dixie Seatle Dixie Seatle ... Officer Terri Orloff
Blaine Hart Blaine Hart ... Delaney
Lisa Pollock Lisa Pollock ... Pamela Martin
Grant Boulton Grant Boulton ... Reporter #1
Chris Scott Chris Scott ... Townsperson #1
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New to a small town, a city teen grows suspicious of a man who befriended him and his single mother.

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Drama

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Stranger in Town See more »

Filming Locations:

Saskatchewan, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Stereo (as Dolby Stereo)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Mist A Beat
Written and Performed by Paul Brosseau and Greg Pauker
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Straaaaange!
5 July 2005 | by sol-kaySee all my reviews

(Some Spoilers) The movie "Stranger in Town" starts off with a music score almost identical to the Alrfred Hitchcock 1960 shocker "Psycho" as we see Katherine, Rebecca Jenkins, and her two children Aaron and Kim,Travor Blumas & Carly McKillip,driving out of the big and crime ridden city of Chicago to the small peaceful Town of Elm Creek.

Widowed and trying to give her two young children a safe and healthy environment Katherine had no idea what she and the town of Elm Creek were in for during the course of the film. This local homeless man Eddie Lester,Graham Green,has been a more or less pain in the neck for the towns residents but soon after Kathrine and her kids moved in one of the people in Elm Creek Pamala Martin, Lisa Pollock, was found strangled and Eddie turned out to be the prime suspect.

You can see right away that Eddie, even though he's a bit weird, is in no way a murderer and later when he was chased by a bunch of teenagers through his home, the town junkyard,he even helps young Aaron, after he fell on his head running away from Eddie, by dressing his wounds. The local police also suspect Eddie with the murder of Pamala and that leads to Eddie's death as he's crushed to death, again at the junkyard in an abandoned car, trying to run away from the police who wanted to question him. It later turns out that it was proved by the police that Eddie was innocent of Pamala's murder but that came too late to save him.

The suspicion to who killed Pamala now shifts to stranger and handyman the secretive and scuzzy looking Jack Beldon, Harry Hamlin. Jack somewhat of a weirdo himself seems to have a sixth sense when it comes to being the wrong man at the wrong place at the wrong time for those who happen to be there.

Getting very friendly with Katherine to the point where he asks her to marry him, and she accepts, makes young Aaron very uneasy about this creepy looking guy ending up being his step-father and possibly doing is mom in to get a hold of her house. Aaron's fears are not unfounded as he looked up back issues of the local newspapers at the town library and saw an article about Jack Boldon, called Jack Lowe in the story, being accused of murdering his wife to get his hands on her estate.

Even the police headed by Chief Waller, Shaun Johnstone, feel that it was Jack who murdered Palama as well as his wife, even though there wasn't enough proof to arrest him, and Jack himself doesn't help his cause that much by his unruly and even violent actions.

The film goes around in circles never really making the point to why Pamala was murdered and who did it until it's revealed by Chief Waller,in a talk with Aaron, that Pam recently bought a strip on land outside of town. It turned out that land was used by drug runners as an airfield to make their "drops" to the drug pushers all over the state who gathered there. It was Pam getting the "dope" on the dope pushers and with her about to go with that evidence to the police, as well as FBI and DEA, that lead someone in town to shut her up for good. It now seems that the person who murdered her was in some way involved with the Elm Creek police department.

Not that persuasive of a movie in it's story with the usually sharp looking and handsome Harry Hamlin playing a lowlife type of guy who looked like he just escaped from a chain gang in rural Georiga. There's a really good ending sequence with Aaron being chased by the killer, you'll never guess who, through the junkyard and having***MAJOR SPOILER***Jack come to his rescue.

The most interesting thing that I found in the movie was how Jack could keep his t-shirt so clean, in fact almost spotless, even when he was doing hard dirty and greasy work in and around Katherine's house?


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