A Stranger Among Us (1992)

A Stranger Among Us (1992)



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When a Jewish jeweler is found dead and his store is missing more than one million dollars in diamonds, a New York police detective goes undercover to find the criminal. Once she is immersed in the Jewish community, she falls in love with one of the most devout members.
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Romance
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Buena Vista Pictures

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Melanie Griffith
as Emily Eden
Eric Thal
as Ariel
John Pankow
as Levine
Mia Sara
as Leah
Jake Weber
as Yaakov
Drew Elliot
as Inspector
Ro'ee Levi
as Mendel
David Rosenbaum
as Mr. Klausman
Ruth Vool
as Mrs. Klausman
David Margulies
as Lieutenant Oliver
Ed Rogers III
as Detective Tedford
Edward Rogers III
as Detective Tedford
Maurice Schell
as Detective Marden
James Gandolfini
as Tony Baldessari
Christopher Collins
as Chris Baldessari
Burtt Harris
as Emily's Father
Ira Rubin
as French Rebbe
Francoise Granville
as French Rebbitzen
Rena Sofer
as Shayna
Shifra Lerer
as 1st Yiddish Woman
Eleanor Reissa
as 2nd Yiddish Woman
James Lovelett
as File Room Clerk
Jack Gill
as Zap Goon
Paul Zim
as Cantor
Steven Hamilton
as Paramedic
Drew Eliot
as Inspector
Alexander Pasmur Jr.
as Klausman Son
Jack Beers
as Rebbe's Assistant
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Critic Reviews for A Stranger Among Us

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (15)

A Stranger Among Us isn't emotionally on a much higher level than a Harlequin romance, but Lumet keeps the actors in front of us, and we enjoy watching them.

Full Review… | May 3, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

[Lumet] may be the quintessential New York director, but A Stranger Among Us argues that he should stay out of Brooklyn.

Full Review… | May 3, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Director Sidney Lumet is obviously fascinated by the Hasidic community, and he displays this fascination by presenting the Jewish characters and settings with affection and respect.

Full Review… | May 3, 2014
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Although it's enjoyable as a bittersweet, fish-out-of-water love story, Sidney Lumet's A Stranger Among Us is less effective when it transforms itself into an exotic whodunit.

Full Review… | May 3, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

A Stranger Among Us is eerily devoid of precisely the kind of urban detail and atmosphere that has always given Lumet`s work its authority, even when his storytelling falters.

Full Review… | May 3, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Griffith's artless embodiment of the script's deranged idea of tough-gal gumption isn't as amusing as it should be. She's a B-picture heroine stuck in an absurdly self-conscious prestige project.

May 3, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for A Stranger Among Us


56% It's WITNESS all over again. Instead of focusing on the Amish, it's the Jewish community this time around. I prefer Weir's version.

FilmGrinder Stone
FilmGrinder Stone

I had no idea Melanie had this in her, really solid performance.I really enjoyed the peek inside the Hasidic Jewish Community, Interesting & Lovely.This was a Surprisingly good film.

Marilee Aschwanden
Marilee Aschwanden

One critic said, "the filmmakers are less interested in solving the crime than in conveying the spiritual dynamism of the Hasidic community." That nails it. It's worth watching for that. The rest is pretty weak.

Morris Nelms
Morris Nelms

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