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Perfect Stranger (2007)

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A journalist goes undercover to ferret out businessman Harrison Hill as her childhood friend's killer. Posing as one of his temps, she enters into a game of online cat-and-mouse.

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James Foley

Writers:

Todd Komarnicki (screenplay), Jon Bokenkamp (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Halle Berry ... Rowena Price
Bruce Willis ... Harrison Hill
Giovanni Ribisi ... Miles Haley
Richard Portnow ... Narron
Gary Dourdan ... Cameron
Florencia Lozano ... Lieutenant Tejada
Nicki Aycox ... Grace
Kathleen Chalfant ... Elizabeth Clayton
Gordon MacDonald Gordon MacDonald ... Senator Sachs
Daniella Van Graas ... Josie
Paula Miranda ... Mia Hill
Patti D'Arbanville ... Esmeralda
Clea Lewis ... Gina
Amara Zaragoza ... Bethany (as Tamara Feldman)
Gerry Becker ... Jon Kirshenbaum
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Storyline

Rowena Price is a muckraking reporter for a New York paper. When her story about a closeted gay Senator who preaches family values is spiked, she quits and soon finds herself investigating the grisly murder of a childhood friend. Her friend had been dumped by ad exec Harrison Hill, so he's Rowena's prime suspect. Rowena gets a job at the ad agency as a temp, and she's soon the object of Hill's attentions. She's helped in her subterfuge by Miles Haley, a friend at the paper who has a secret thing for her. Everyone, it seems, has secrets, including Hill, who must keep his affairs from his wife - her money fuels his lifestyle. Murder will out? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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How Far Would You Go To Keep A Secret? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, nudity, some disturbing violent images and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seduciendo a un extraño See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,795,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,206,163, 15 April 2007

Gross USA:

$23,984,949

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$73,090,611
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Revolution Studios See more »
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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Miles says that it will take Ro three minutes and fourteen seconds to download the spyware, "but that's an approximation." 3.14 is an approximation of pi. See more »

Goofs

Just as the phone numbers said and shown in movies are almost always fake and non-existent(so that real people do not receive calls from moviegoers making the movie itself a liability)- so are the 'IP addresses' shown - Miles is hacking into Harrison's "blade server", and a list of IP addresses appears on the screen. The addresses are incorrect. An IPv4 address consists of 4 numbers separated by dots. Each of those numbers can be 0-255. But most of the IP addresses shown on the monitor have at least one number over 255. See more »

Quotes

Ro: [on hearing Mr Hill is cheating on his wife] I don't get it. Mrs Hill is pretty. I mean, she's really pretty.
Gina: Show me a beautiful woman, I'll show you a man who's tired of fucking her.
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Soundtracks

Walk On By (S&K Remix)
Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Performed by Seal
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Mediocre start and finish, fair middle
20 April 2007 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

Before seeing "Perfect Stranger", I was hoping for another hidden gem like "Twisted" (2004), which was also a murder mystery with a female lead and other big names in the cast and also got bad reviews; sadly, this film isn't it.

The film starts off poorly - it's a whodunit, but the victim is a character who appears in just one scene before getting bumped off, so we don't have enough time to like or even hate (as it usually happens in, say, the Agatha Christie mysteries) her; so it's harder to find a reason to care who killed her. The film improves somewhat in the middle, with a couple of tense scenes (like the one in the car with Willis suspecting Berry of being a spy, or Berry's entrance into Ribisi's "secret room"), and a few interesting (if brief) views of the net-chatting world. But then the ending comes, and it's a cheat - the perfect planning required for it is simply too far-fetched (IMDB trivia says they filmed three alternative endings with three alternative killers: the one chosen in the final cut was probably the worst).

Halle Berry is GORGEOUS in this movie - I personally think this woman is getting more beautiful every year - but her acting is a bit forced, especially at her "big" moments. Bruce Willis has a couple of good scenes, but the rest of the time he pretty much sleepwalks through his role. Another problem is that both their characters are not very interesting, and yet another one is that there is no erotic heat between them, because Bruce is too old for Halle - although their age difference is only 11 years, he would even be more acceptable as her father than as her lover! In a supporting role, Giovani Ribisi is marginally more interesting than the two leads.

All in all, this movie is between a 4 and a 5 out of 10, mostly rental material.


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