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Total Stranger (1999)

Stranger in My House (original title)
A middle-aged woman takes on a young female tenant to help pay her debts, but gets a lot more than she bargains for when the girl starts to act very strangely indeed . . .

Director:

Joe Cacaci

Writers:

Christine Berardo (story), Christine Berardo (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lindsay Crouse ... Patti Young
Zoe McLellan ... Lara Lipski Lewis
Dan Lauria ... Dennis
Jay Thomas ... Ray Young
Jay Paulson ... Alan
Paige Moss ... Jill Young
Eddie Jones ... Judge Prestwich
Brian Smiar Brian Smiar ... Barry Simpson
Karen Ludwig ... Annette
José Angel Santana José Angel Santana ... Steve
Jack Wallace ... Chief Lewis
Lionel Mark Smith Lionel Mark Smith ... Sgt. Davis
Donzaleigh Abernathy ... Nurse
John Cragen John Cragen ... Officer Greene
Barry Neikrug Barry Neikrug ... Man in Car
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Storyline

A middle-aged woman takes on a young female tenant to help pay her debts, but gets a lot more than she bargains for when the girl starts to act very strangely indeed . . .

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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stranger in My House See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The letter from the lawyer's office contains the letterhead Cacaci, Young and Kindberg where it appears that Jay Thomas's character apparently has partners that are related to the film's director and producer. See more »

Goofs

When Patti is walking to the pool to discover the dead cat, you can see a man seated and moving in the tree house. See more »

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Clumsy industry film

This movie was bad. The story was clumsy, it made no sense the way the main characters would behave from one scene to the next. The cast was good for the most part; Lindsay Crouse and Paige Moss were a believable mother/daughter. Zoe McLellan may have been hamstrung by the bad story or maybe she is a bad actress, I'm not sure. Jay Thomas is like Robert Horry scoring reliably for the LA Lakers, a talented veteran underused. The way that lighting and music is used to try and create tension brought me mirth instead. This film is horribly clichéd and very predictable. I cannot compare it with any movies without giving the whole movie away. After ten minutes the viewer will know already how things are going to end. I found this movie boring indeed. It is only watchable if you are a fan of the elusive Paige Moss, or of one of the other stars.


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