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Perfect Strangers (2003)

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A woman goes home with the best-looking stranger, only to discover she's been kidnapped.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachael Blake ... Melanie
Robyn Malcolm ... Aileen
Madeleine Sami ... Andrea
Jed Brophy ... Pete
Joel Tobeck ... Bill
Paul Glover ... Jim
Sam Neill ... The Man
George Cassells George Cassells ... Takeaway Patron
Louis Cassells Louis Cassells ... Takeaway Patron
Nic Farra Nic Farra ... Takeaway Patron
Nic Gorman Nic Gorman ... Takeaway Patron
Lorraine Ryder Lorraine Ryder ... Publican
Ian Ryder Ian Ryder ... Publican
Richard Bullock Richard Bullock ... Bushman
Paul O'Shea Paul O'Shea ... Bushman
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Melanie is out with the girls in a country town on New Zealand's wild but beautiful West Coast when she meets the perfect stranger. The inevitable question 'your place or mine?' arises and Melanie chooses his, not knowing it is a fishing boat. In the morning they are at sea destined for the stranger's home on a remote and inaccessible island. Despite the man's charm, Melanie comes to the realisation she has been kidnapped but, gradually, is captivated by strangely symbiotic nature of their relationship Written by johnno.r@xtra.co.nz

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Rated PG-13 for some violence, sexual content and brief language | See all certifications »
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New Zealand

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English

Release Date:

26 February 2004 (New Zealand) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Near the end of the movie, as Melanie is eating, there is a shot where she has a big piece of egg on her fork. In the next shot, it's a small piece of meat, and she is holding the fork differently. See more »

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Weird to the point of looniness
16 October 2003 | by Spod-3See all my reviews

I was reminded slightly of a current Australian release, 'Japanese story" which is also largely a two-hander, and has lots of time spent in remote locations. And it too has a fairly major plot twist along the way. But comparisons run out there. Rachael Blake is just as fine an actress as Toni Collette, but what she has to do here seems quite ludicrous. I get concerned when people begin to talk to whitegoods, for instance. You might find that at one point you think, where can this film go from here? And I don't think that question is resolved at all. The second half of the film in particular gets more and more bizarre and kooky, and even at the end I think many people would say "huh?'. Sam Neill was OK too, but I can't for the life of me think what possessed him to do this film. As a student film it would be acceptable, but not as a general release.


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