Never Talk to Strangers

1995

Action / Crime / Drama / Romance / Thriller

40
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 15%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 40%
IMDb Rating 5.1 10 5509

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Rebecca De Mornay as Dr. Sarah Taylor
Antonio Banderas as Tony Ramirez
Harry Dean Stanton as Max Cheski
Len Cariou as Henry Taylor
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1hr 26 min
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Reviewed by cpbadgeman 8 / 10

Hitchcockian Thriller with many twists and turns

Though overlooked at the time of it's release, "Never Talk to Strangers" is a well-crafted thriller centering on the human dilemma of whether or not to trust others. Rebecca De Mornay stars as Dr Sarah Taylor, a psychologist in an unnamed city who has a difficult personal life. She meets the charming Tony Ramirez (Antonio Banderas) in a supermarket and- despite her many fears- is soon drawn into a passionate relationship with him. Soon after meeting Tony, Sarah acquires a stalker who sends her dead flowers and dismembers her pet cat. The audience is provided with a decent list of possible suspects including Tony, Sarah's missing ex-boyfriend Benny, or possibly her slightly sleazy upstairs neighbor (a surprisingly good Dennis Miller). Other possibilities include her alcoholic father, and associates of serial killer Max Cheski (the wonderful Harry Dean Stanton) on whom she is performing a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation.

As the plot unfolds, it appears as if De Mornay's character has nowhere to hide and nobody she can really trust. Various characters appear more or less likely to be guilty of terrorizing her. The film also very deftly portrays Sarah's need for a relationship with Tony even though she is terrified that he is hiding something from her. The acting is top notch and the plot is full of satisfying twists and turns. If you are in the mood for a strong, solid thriller then this ought to be a top choice.

Reviewed by msroz 6 / 10

Untrusting Rebecca De Mornay and inquisitive Antonio Banderas steam up the screen

"Never Talk to Strangers" (1995) is a modest film, not a big film in aspiration or delivery. It's a psychological kind of film, centering on a psychologist played by Rebecca De Mornay. She has a torrid love affair with Antonio Banderas. Their sex scenes are unusual in their realism, not filmed in a clichéd or boring way. The two actors do not look as if they are holding back. In addition, one of these scenes shows the more forceful side that sex can have.

We cannot predict how the story will end, but from early in the film we get clear clues about what is going on between these two people that lies beneath the surface of their affair. The story is not at all confusing if one follows the trail of clues. In fact, the biggest revelation late in the film is telegraphed again and again earlier.

The movie is a vehicle primarily for the attractive De Mornay and she delivers a fine performance. The character played by Banderas is somewhat less fully developed, but he does convey a man who is puzzled by De Mornay and who is falling in love with her. There are several supporting roles that come in, such as De Mornay's neighbor (Dennis Miller) who wants her and an alleged killer (Harry Dean Stanton) whom De Mornay is interviewing to see if he's schizophrenic or perhaps has multiple personalities. There is also De Mornay's father (Len Cariou). These three men all interact with De Mornay and shed light on her character in important ways. The story really very much centers on the De Mornay character, and that character has severe psychological problems. In this way, and because of her looks, the film reminds one of Tippi Hedren in "Marnie". Banderas then is something like Sean Connery, but the directions of this story are very different from "Marnie" and this is a much more modest film.

This is a film made to entertain, as most movies are, and I think it does. I liked it.

Reviewed by Spikeopath 5 / 10

Erotic thriller dulls the senses...

Brian De Palma has often come in for some flak over the years, his penchant for sticking tight to Alfred Hitchcock thriller formula has been the source of much consternation in certain quarters. Yet when you view something like Peter Hall's Never Talk to Strangers it rams home just how welcome it is to have Hitch like thrillers at least done well!

Rebecca De Mornay is a troubled shrink who whilst dealing with the mind games of a serial killing loony (Harry Dean Stanton), meets sexually charged Latino guy (Antonio Banderas) and indulges in passions unbound. Then she starts to get very unwelcome presents in the post...

The erotic thriller has been well trodden, and will continue to be so for sure, so it feels a little churlish to decry Hall's movie for coming off as a weak willed imitator of previous purveyors of the sub-genre, but this blend of Silence of the Lambs meets Sea of Love - cum - Dressed to Kill - cum Fatal Attraction etc etc just comes across as a cheat. And that's because it is!

The makers know this and try to hide their ridiculous folly behind eroticism as the two lovely looking headlining stars get sweaty and wet, indulging in sexual play that's as powerful as the surroundings (Banderas lives in a loft apartment resplendent with metal cage and wrought iron doors). But, or should that be butt? The mystery element is weak, the suspense equally so, while the back story of De Mornay's father (a key character) is hopelessly under developed.

Then there is H.D. Stanton, stealing every scene is he is in, quid pro quo indeed, yet he's hardly in the film, which ultimately proves to be a tragedy as the plot hurtles towards its implausible and risible revelations. Red herrings come and go as quickly as Becca and Tony's underwear (the continuity editor should have been sacked along with the writers because of one scene BTW), and even though Pino Donaggio scores the music with customary swirling qualities, this just comes off as a piggyback tactic...

This is a poor thriller in spite of two very committed and visually attractive perfs from the leads - and of course Stanton's knowingly sleazy turn. Seek this out only if you think Body of Evidence is in the upper echelons of erotic thrillers. 5/10

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