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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

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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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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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Revolution Studios See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Heidi Klum: The Victoria's Secret Angel that introduces Harrison Hill (Bruce Willis) at the Victoria's Secret party. See more »

Goofs

When Miles is talking to Rowena on the phone, after she sent him the secret laptop audio transmission of Senator Sachs, a woman with long hair and eye glasses walks past his desk from the far left of the screen. When Miles stands up, the same woman goes past his desk, again from the far left. See more »

Quotes

Ro: [exasperated] She was stalking the guy for Chrissakes!
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References Cujo (1983) See more »

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White Flag
Written by Dido (as Dido Armstrong), Roland 'Rollo' Armstrong (as Rollo Armstrong) and Rick Nowels
Performed by Dido
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc./Sony BMG Music Entertainment (UK) Limited
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Perfect Stranger
15 April 2007 | by rajdoctorSee all my reviews

Perfect Stranger I had read really bad reviews of the movie on the internet and I was not sure whether I should go to see this movie or not. I had to choose between a 1918 Austrian silent movie and this. I chose this, just because it was a new movie.

The story is about a journalist – played by Halle Berry, who does sting operations on rich powerful businessmen. With one mission unsuccessful due to politics and power-play in not covering the sting by the news industry and she quitting her job; she pursues Harrison Hill – played by Bruce Willis – to expose the murder of her friend. She takes the help of her colleague Miles – played by Giovanni Ribisi. I would not disclose the expose and let the last frame suspense let out.

The movie is quite engaging throughout, and I found the reviews a bit harsh and lopsided. It is not such a bad movie as made out to be by film critics. The mystery quotient shifts from one character to another, I had guessed one when the murder took place, but due to the course of engrossing events and incidences – I lost that thought; only to re-emerge as the mystery I had guessed in the first place.

The ending was a bit lame, and there are lots of loose ends hanging. Halle Berry looks good and tries to act sincerely. At times she has captured some emotions perfectly. Bruce Willis does not have much to do and as usual he mumbles his way through the movie and at times displays his whimsical temper. The surprise pack was Giovanni Ribisi – as the colleague and close friend of Halle Berry – who has a huge crush on her and manipulates Halle's effort to solve the mystery.

James Foley – the director, lost the plot in the end, but leaves behind an engrossing story overall.

(Stars 5.25 out of 10)


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