When Strangers Appear

2002

When Strangers Appear

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A woman is placed in a dangerous position after a chance meeting with a stranger in this suspense drama. A drifter wanders into a quiet diner off a highway, and the woman who manages the place takes pity on him and gives him breakfast on the house since he doesn't have any money. The stranger looks like he's been injured recently, and when three men come in for something to eat, he warns the manager that the new customers are not to be trusted -- he has information that they want, and they would be willing to hurt her as badly as they hurt him in order to get it. Whom should she believe? And what will happen if the drifter happens to be right? Produced under the title Shearer's Breakfast, When Strangers Appear stars Barry Watson, Radha Mitchell, and Josh Lucas; though set in the United States, the film was actually shot in New Zealand.

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Critic Reviews for When Strangers Appear

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...a surprisingly engaging and involving little thriller.

Feb 24, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

When I was young, I was taught to ignore people I didn't know or recognize. That's what I'd advise doing with this brainless film.

Sep 11, 2002 | Rating: 36/100

Audience Reviews for When Strangers Appear

Begins well as an intense thriller, and manages its twists and turns efficiently. But that lasts only for the first half or so. What began as an intense thriller then turns to a ridiculously mindless chasing flick. A nail biting thriller gives place to finger biting one. Utterly nonsense to recommend to. Yet, 1/10.

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½

Yay, a homage to the classic road thriller, intensity was 100% there just like in the Hitcher. Radha Michell was brilliant in this film, it's a really nicely done low budget film.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

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½

Surprisingly solid suspense-thriller filled with interesting twists, written and directed by Scott Reynolds. Good writing, very interesting subplots which compliment everything on the surface very well. Great cinematography. Good performances all around; especially by Radha Mitchell ["Pitch Black"], Josh Lucas ["Glory Road"], Barry Watson ["Boogeyman", which was a crappy movie by the way], and Kevin Anderson. Overall it's a very entertaining film and the ending is pretty good even though it was a bit unrealistic.

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Chosen 718

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½

A nice little thriller with some genre-appropriate and rather predictable twists. The well written and great setting make this movie look very good.

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