Once You Meet a Stranger

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Once You Meet a Stranger
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Written by Patricia Highsmith
Whitfield Cook
Raymond Chandler
Czenzi Ormonde
Tommy Lee Wallace
Directed by Tommy Lee Wallace
Starring Jacqueline Bisset
Theresa Russell
Mimi Kennedy
Celeste Holm
Richard Doyle
Theme music composer Peter Manning Robinson
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Cinematography Steven Poster
Editor(s) Paul Dixon
Running time 96 min
Production company(s) Warner Bros. Television
Original network CBS
Original release September 25, 1996

Once You Meet a Stranger is a 1996 American made-for-television thriller film directed by Tommy Lee Wallace and a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's 1951 classic film Strangers on a Train. In the remake the genders of the principal characters have been switched from male to female (Guy Haines became Sheila Gaines and Anthony Bruno became Margo Anthony).[1] It stars Jacqueline Bisset and Theresa Russell and premiered on CBS on September 25, 1996.[2]


A fading actress, Sheila (Bisset) finds consolation in a stranger, Margo (Russell) during her train journey. Sheila tells Margo of her desire to divorce her husband, and in turn Margo shares her hatred for her domineering mother. They jokingly suggest performing a murder on each other's behalf. But all too soon the joke becomes reality.



  1. ^ "Once You Meet a Stranger". Hallmark Channel (UK). Archived from the original on August 23, 2010. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  2. ^ Scott, Tony (September 13, 1996). "Review: 'Once You Meet a Stranger'". Variety. 

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