A Stranger Is Watching (1982)





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In this suspenseful made-for-television thriller a homicidal maniac kidnaps a young girl and a female television reporter and holds them hostage in the bowels of Grand Central Station.
Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Rip Torn
as Artie Taggart
Kate Mulgrew
as Sharon Martin
Shawn von Schreiber
as Julie Peterson
James Naughton
as Steve Peterson
Stephen Joyce
as Detective
James Russo
as Ronald Thompson
Frank Hamilton
as Bill Lufts
Maggie Task
as Mrs. Lufts
Roy Poole
as Kurner
Stephen Strimpell
as Detective Marlowe
Jason Robards III
as Videotape Technician
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Critic Reviews for A Stranger Is Watching

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A first-class creepy performance by Rip Torn as the sadistic psychopath.

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★★ (out of four) Several years ago I read the suspense novel by Mary Higgins Clark entitled "A Stranmger is Watching". I liked the book a lot. It moved fast and was very suspenseful. Anytime you see the movie version later it is bound to be a disappointment since you have already seen in your mind how you believe things ought to be. Still, I hope the film versions at least hold on to essence of its source material. Rip Torn plays Artie Taggart, a homicidal maniac. He abducts a young girl and a television reporter (Kate Mulgrew) and hold them hostage for ranson in the catacombs beneath Grand Central Station in New York City. It's a great plot, but I really felt that it loses much of its suspense this translation. Had I not read the book before, would I feel the same way? I like to think so. [IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v48/Zeppo1/StrangerisWatching_zpsd764b4f6.jpg[/IMG]

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

What started out as a strong thriller, falls to pieces towards the very end. This was the director of Friday the 13th(Sean S. Cunningham) shot at the big times with this adaptation of the Mary Higgins Clark novel(the second film attempt was the little seen, Where are the Children? from 1986 with Jill Clayburgh.)Here Rip Torn, a very underrated actor, chews the scenery as a kidnapper and murderer. He kidnapps reporter Kate Mulgrew and the daughter of her boyfriend. It becomes a race against time to save them both. The performaces by the others are good, and the musical score is effective-but the movie lacks bite. Could have been a great thriller.

Orlando Diaz
Orlando Diaz

An okay thriller, I thought it was going to be a horror movie from the title, but even though it was somewhat scary, it's a thriller, not a horror movie. The actors do a fine job, but they don't have much to do. The movie is entirely predictable. Overall, it's just okay.

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