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When Strangers Appear (2001)

A man enters a roadside diner run by a young woman and claims he is being chased by murderers.

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Scott Reynolds

Writer:

Scott Reynolds
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Radha Mitchell ... Beth
Josh Lucas ... Peter
Barry Watson ... Jack Barrett
Kevin Anderson ... Bryce
Jonathan Blick Jonathan Blick ... Stephen (as Johnny Blick)
Eryn Wilson ... Roger
Michael Lowe ... Bernie
Steven Ray Steven Ray ... Dr. Eric Leonard
Dra McKay Dra McKay ... Lynda
Seraphine Rochery Seraphine Rochery ... Tracey
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Storyline

Beth, a young woman who owns a restaurant close by an abandoned highway, shelters Barry, a young man who arrives at her door hungry and wounded. Soon, a group of men appears. Barry claims that they are after him. The handsome leader of the group tells Beth a different story... Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia | New Zealand | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Shearer's Breakfast See more »

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Budget:

NZD 3,000,000 (estimated)
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

Even though the film is set in Oregon, USA, the Firestone ad on the side of the gas station refers to "tyres" not "tires". Beth also refers to the "car park", a term which is not used in the USA. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Beth: [after her cigarette gets damp] Shit!
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Crazy Credits

There is an epilogue in the style of the The Blair Witch Project (1999) at the end of the credits. See more »

Connections

References The Hitcher (1986) See more »

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Hush
Written by Joe South
Performed by Deep Purple
Courtesy of EMI Music
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Exceptional thriller.
13 July 2003 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

In 1997, Scott Reynolds made an impressive writing and directing debut with "The Ugly", although his story was a bit too shallow and his direction a bit overly flashy. This time, with his compelling, perspective-shifting script and taut direction, he achieves moments of true brilliance - so many, in fact, that it's hard to pick just one (the little girl who witnesses a violent struggle but doesn't understand it? The sink that may not hold the weight of a man? The killer silently stalking his victim in the toilets, using an admittedly old trick?). This man could very well develop into the Hitchcock of the next generation - the movie even has its own McGuffin to propel the plot (the computer disk). The first half is essentially a mystery, with plenty of twists; when the truth becomes (somewhat) clear, the movie becomes a full-blown thriller, and it offers one absolutely astounding suspense sequence after another. Don't miss it. (***)


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