Love with the Proper Stranger (1963)
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as Rocky Papasano
as Angie Rossini
as Woman Doctor
as Young Man
as Anthony Colombo
as Mama Rossini
as Julio Rossini
as Dominick Rossini
as Mrs. Papasano
as Flower Vendor
as Guido Rossini
as Truck Driver
as The Priest
as Mrs. Colombo
as Elio Papasano
as Call Boy
as Negro Boy
Critic Reviews for Love with the Proper Stranger
Exemplifies the lacerating realism that cinema had just barely invented.
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
Underrated romantic drama, with rich NYC atmosphere and a trenchant look at sexual mores.
Well actted by Steve McQueen and Natalie Wood
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Audience Reviews for Love with the Proper Stranger
This movie is a real good story. The more you watch it the better it gets. I have seen this more than any other flic. I've watched it about 15 times. The acting is great especailly Edie Adams, The movie must have had a forestorm of criticism in 1963. The topics are casual sex, abortion, single woman living alone and making her own money and decisions. Tom Bosly is wonderful as the blubbery mommas boy who loves the heroine.
★★★ (out of four) Natalie Wood received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in this bold film that dared look at the issue of abortion. oday it seems rather tame, but I'm sure it caused quite a stir when it was released. Wood plays Angie Rossini, a young italian-american living with her family in New York City. She feels lost in the big family, so she starts seeing a Rocky (Steve McQueen) a local jazz musician. She becomes pregnant, but does want to get married. She only wants Rocky to give her enough money to pay for the abortion. He tries to help, but his other girlfriend intervenes. Wood can sometimes rub me the wrong way. Here she is quite good and McQueen shows much promise of things to come. The film, overall, is not a home run, but it is a pretty solid piece of filmmaking. [IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v48/Zeppo1/LoveWiththeProperStranger_zps0e734688.jpg[/IMG]
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.
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