Love with the Proper Stranger (1963)


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Angie (Natalie Wood) becomes pregnant after she spends the night with a musician named Rocky (Steve McQueen). The two are separated after the one night stand and don't meet until later in her pregnancy. Dominick (Herschel Bernardi) is her protective brother. Tom Bosley is a nervous admirer who is unaware the girl of his dreams is pregnant. Edie Adams is a sensual stripper in this uneven dramatic comedy.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics, Comedy
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Written By: Arnold Schulman
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Critic Reviews for Love with the Proper Stranger

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Exemplifies the lacerating realism that cinema had just barely invented.

Full Review… | June 8, 2015
Antagony & Ecstasy

Co-starring with the charismatic Steve McQueen, Natalie Wood received a second Oscar nomination for this well acted melodrama about pregnancy out of the wedlock

Full Review… | August 4, 2012

Underrated romantic drama, with rich NYC atmosphere and a trenchant look at sexual mores.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Classic Film and Television

Audience Reviews for Love with the Proper Stranger

Now this is a good bit of acting. The addressing of the abortion issue is very telling for its era. It is likely that this type of drama paved the way for film makers to take more chances and emerge from the rather grey 50s. Natalie Wood and McQueen are very solid.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Great movie! I love Steve McQueen and Natalie Wood, and the combination couldn't be a better fit! if you are a fan of either actor, you have to see this.

Decent movie, having Natalie wood makes it a lot better. The love portion could have used a bit more depth.

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