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Strangers (2008)

Chuzhie (original title)
A group of American doctors travel to a war-ravaged hot spot in the Middle East in order to distribute vaccines. They clash with the Russian military presence, the Middle Eastern locals, ... See full summary »


Yuri Grymov


Yuri Grymov (screenplay)


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Credited cast:
Mark Adam ... Tom
Viktor Bychkov ... Surgeon
Artyom Fedotov Artyom Fedotov ... Sgt. Samusenko
Kathleen Gati ... Miss Stone
Jeff Grays ... Bill
Evgeny Kolyadintsev Evgeny Kolyadintsev ... Soldier
Scarlett McAlister ... Jane
Aleksey Poluyan ... Sapper commander
Neil Stewart Neil Stewart ... Mike


A group of American doctors travel to a war-ravaged hot spot in the Middle East in order to distribute vaccines. They clash with the Russian military presence, the Middle Eastern locals, and ultimately, themselves, as they learn that being American heroes is not so easy as they thought. Before they can save the world, they have to save themselves. Written by Neil Patrick Stewart

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Testing a new vaccine on Arab children and killing a wounded surgeon
26 March 2013 | by vladtravelSee all my reviews

Five American doctors drive (with neither guides nor translators) through the desert of an unnamed Arab land to test a recently created vaccine on children in a remote village, ostensibly motivated by good will. A group of Russians (a surgeon and sappers clearing mines) is juxtaposed on a background of local Arabs. The Americans' selfish motivations quickly become clear. They speak about "the team" and "the children", but each is obsessed with himself and his inadequacies. Americans' well-known philanthropy is revealed to be crassly self- serving, just as the cynical audience always suspected. They are completely, stupidly culturally insensitive.

*Tom (Mark Adam) is the team leader—narrow, brittle, humorless, and dogmatic, he wants to Americanize the primitive Arab world. Sterile, he is unable to provide the child his wife wants. When the Arab guard deliberately leaves his gun next to Tom while he goes and rapes Tom's wife, Tom isn't man enough to defend his honor. Instead, when Tom's wife is later drinking with a severely wounded Russian surgeon, Tom attacks and kills the elderly and helpless surgeon with a bottle of Jack Daniels.

* Jane (Scarlett McAlister), Tom's red-haired wife, longs for a child, so she seduces the grim Arab guard and rendezvous with him repeatedly to copulate in various poses, finally to be violently raped whereupon she gets up smiling (after our initial shock, we realize she finally got what she wanted) and later to give birth to a black child (shown in the movie).

* Miss Stone (Kathleen Gati), a sexually frustrated old maid, vaccinates children like an automaton. As warm and compassionate as her surname suggests, she expresses her feeling for the children by singing them "Row, row, row your boat" ENDLESSLY, mercilessly accompanying herself on an accordion, which the Arab boys eventually urinate on.

* Mike (Neil Patrick Stewart) is the passive white gay partner: shrill, prone to hysterics, and desperately afraid that he is getting older and unattractive. He wants to adopt an Arab boy.

* Bill (Jeff Grays) is the muscular black gay partner, stereotypically warm and affable. He likes lollipops (nearly always has one in his mouth) and also likes children, maybe too much: his long, slow proffering of a lollipop to a timid Arab boy is obviously a symbolic seduction.

The movie was forbidden in the US by Condoleezza Rice.

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