Never Talk to Strangers

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Never Talk to Strangers
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Peter Hall
Produced by Andras Hamori
Jeffrey R. Neuman
Martin J. Wiley
Rebecca De Mornay
Robert Lantos
Barbet Schroeder
Written by Lewis Green
Jordan Rush
Starring Rebecca De Mornay
Antonio Banderas
Dennis Miller
Music by Pino Donaggio
Steve Sexton
Cinematography Elemér Ragályi
Editing by Roberto Silvi
Studio Alliance Atlantis
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Release dates
  • October 20, 1995 (1995-10-20)
Running time 86 minutes
Country United States
Canada
Germany
Language English
Budget $6.4 million
Box office $6,858,261[1]

Never Talk to Strangers is a 1995 American thriller film directed by Peter Hall and starring Antonio Banderas and Rebecca De Mornay.

Plot[edit]

Psychologist Dr. Sarah Taylor (Rebecca De Mornay) is a guarded, aloof criminal psychologist who interviews a client who is a rapist, and is pleading not guilty by reason of insanity. It is later revealed that she was the subject of daily rapes as a child by her estranged father, who is now shown to be very ill. Sarah meets Tony Ramirez (Antonio Banderas) in a shopping mall, and she gives him her number. She begins a relationship with Tony, despite the creepy advances of one her neighbor, Cliff (Dennis Miller), with whom she once had a one night stand.

Days into this new relationship, Sarah begins to get death threats and strange gifts, such as dead flowers. As she gets more romantic with Tony, the gifts get more extreme. Her lifelong cat is dismembered, at which point Sarah goes to the police. Sarah then hires a detective and has Tony followed, and breaks into his apartment only to discover that Tony has a file on her, including information about her mother's death in a car accident, twenty years before. Tony is actually investigating her, trying to learn the whereabouts of a former boyfriend of hers who had disappeared suddenly.

Ultimately, it is revealed that Sarah suffers from multiple personality disorder, brought about from her abuse as a child, and from her father brainwashing her to cover up the murder of her mother. Her alternate personality is responsible for all of the strange gifts, and for murdering her ex-boyfriend. When Tony goes to her father's house, Sarah (under the control of her alternate personality) follows him, shoots and kills him there, and then kills her father when he tries to intervene. When Sarah reverts to her normal personality, not remembering what has happened, she presumes that Tony was crazy and killed her father, and that she killed Tony in self-defense. In the end, she is seen entering into a relationship with Cliff.

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Reception[edit]

Never Talk to Strangers received negative reviews, holding only 15% on Rotten Tomatoes.[2]

Soundtrack[edit]

The film features "Love Sick" performed by Alfonzo Blackwell.

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