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Perfect Strangers (1984)

A hit-man tries to seduce the mother of a child who witnessed his most recent kill.

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Larry Cohen

Writer:

Larry Cohen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Carlisle ... Sally
Brad Rijn ... Johnny
John Woehrle John Woehrle ... Fred
Matthew Stockley Matthew Stockley ... Matthew
Stephen Lack ... Lieutenant Burns
Ann Magnuson ... Malda
Zachary Hains Zachary Hains ... Moletti
Otto von Wernherr Otto von Wernherr ... Private Detective
Kitty Summerall Kitty Summerall ... Joanna
Steven Pudenz Steven Pudenz ... Man in Cemetary
Bill Fagerbakke ... Carl
Bruce Jerreau Bruce Jerreau ... Manny
Leo Shawah Leo Shawah ... Carlos
Joe Chiaramonte Joe Chiaramonte ... Murder Victim
Conrad Bergschneider ... Carousel Operator (as Conrad O. Bergschneider)
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A hit-man tries to seduce the mother of a child who witnessed his most recent kill.

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When they get you when they want you they can lead you... anywhere! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1984 (USA) See more »

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Cinema '84, Hemdale See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Connections

References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Im a Shadow (On the Walls of the City)
Written by Michael Minard
Performed by Michael Minard
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Flat thriller
20 May 2015 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

New York filmmaker Larry Cohen has certainly made some memorable movies in his career, but "Perfect Strangers" has to be considered a considerable lesser effort by him. It gets off to a promising start, setting up the situation and characters in just a few minutes. Elsewhere in the movie, there are some moments of interesting direction that give the movie an almost documentary-like feeling. However, the majority of the movie is a letdown. After the intriguing beginning, the movie abruptly slows down to a snail-like pace where little to nothing of significance is happening. The relationship between the Brad Rijn and Anne Carlisle is also weak, with too little time showing the growing relationship between the two. (It also doesn't help that each character is each off-screen for a significant amount of time.) The low budget also sinks the movie, with poor cinematography and threadbare production values, including a very dated and cheesy musical score. I got the sense that Cohen's heart really wasn't in this project, despite being the writer as well as director. Skip it.


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