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A Stranger Among Us (1992)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 17 July 1992 (USA)
Detective Emily Eden is a tough New York City cop forced to go undercover to solve a puzzling murder. Her search for the truth takes her into a secret world of unwritten law and unspoken ... See full summary »

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Sidney Lumet
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melanie Griffith ... Emily Eden
Eric Thal ... Ariel
John Pankow ... Levine
Tracy Pollan ... Mara
Lee Richardson ... Rebbe
Mia Sara ... Leah
Jamey Sheridan ... Nick
Jake Weber ... Yaakov
Ro'ee Levi Ro'ee Levi ... Mendel
David Rosenbaum David Rosenbaum ... Mr. Klausman
Ruth Vool Ruth Vool ... Mrs. Klausman
David Margulies ... Lt. Oliver
Edward Rogers III Edward Rogers III ... Detective Tedford (as Ed Rogers III)
Maurice Schell Maurice Schell ... Detective Marden
James Gandolfini ... Tony Baldessari
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Detective Emily Eden is a tough New York City cop forced to go undercover to solve a puzzling murder. Her search for the truth takes her into a secret world of unwritten law and unspoken power, a world where the only way out is deeper in! Written by Anonymous

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In a world of unseen danger and unspoken passion, lies a mystery one woman is determined to solve. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for language and violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Yiddish | Hebrew

Release Date:

17 July 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Close to Eden See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$12,282,994
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At the Sabbath meal the assembled group dances to a "niggun" (wordless melody) that is traditional among Lubavitch Chassidim. It is usually sung as a preparation to one of the Rebbe's discourses being repeated from memory, though; not as a slow circle-dance. See more »

Goofs

The Ariel character has a neatly trimmed and partially shaved beard, while explaining payes (side curls). Ultra-Orthodox Jews do not shave any part of their beard or neck. See more »

Quotes

Shayna: It's in the Kabbalah. Women understand the world better than men do. And that is why they weep more often.
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Originally rated "R", film was edited to receive a "PG-13" rating. See more »

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Poorly acted and poorly scripted
14 May 2004 | by ogrejediSee all my reviews

This is a decent effort, but is ruined by clichéd scripting and the poor acting of Melanie Griffith and the other actors. There is unfortunately very little, if any, believability in the characters, who are all given unbelievable and ridiculous lines and fail to even deliver them properly. One can only snicker as Griffith delivers the line "I'm an independent woman" with all the integrity of a Miss America contestant. Part of the problem, of course, is that the Hassidim are the only believable characters. Griffith as Eden seems incapable of portraying more than one tone of voice, whether she is supposed to be happy, excited, or sad. Though it aimed to explore the culture of the Hassidim, all it looks like now is an incredibly dated and undaring movie. Eden's fellow policepersons are all stock characters with no real humanity to them, as are the mobsters that later come into the movie.

The redeeming quality comes in the Hassidim, and especially in Eric Thal. However, this may not be enough to excuse the otherwise poor script and the poor acting skill of Melanie Griffith.


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