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  • Actors: Natalie Wood, Steve McQueen, Edie Adams, Herschel Bernardi, Anne Hegira
  • Directors: Robert Mulligan
  • Writers: Arnold Schulman
  • Producers: Alan J. Pakula
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Paramount Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: January 13, 1998
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301216113
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,134 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Angie Rossini is an innocent (Italian Catholic) Macy's salesgirl, who discovers she's pregnant from a fling with Rocky, a musician. Angie finds Rocky (who doesn't remember her at first) to tell him she's pregnant and needs a doctor for an abortion. He finds her a doctor and they work together to raise the money. Can these two strangers find love with one another before it's too late?

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112 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Antoinette Klein on March 10, 2001
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Natalie Wood is Angie Rossini, the Macy's salesgirl who gets pregnant by hapless trumpet player Rocky Pampasano, played by Steve McQueen. When she looks him up to tell him about her problem, he doesn't even remember her but does find a doctor to perform an abortion. Seeing her in that seedy, back alley situation does something to this basically-nice guy and he rescues her before she has the abortion. Seeing these two characters bond is a romantic adventure. From their desperate struggle to raise the money for the abortion to their dinner date where he tries once again to seduce her, I fell in love with watching them fall in love. Add a hefty heaping of comedy Italian-style to this. Tom Bosley is classic in his first film as the man hand-picked by Angie's brothers to win her heart. Her mother has an Oscar-deserving scene when she takes to her bed on hearing of her daughter's out-of-wedlock pregnancy and rants in Italian as she tries to keep this news from the priest. The priest, too, is classic as the confused man who can't believe Rocky is willing to marry her but the pregnant Angie is refusing. How could this be? Because she wants to feel love, to hear bells and banjoes she explains. And in one of the best scenes in any movie, there is Rocky on the corner by Macy's strumming his banjo, ringing his bells and trying to win Angie's heart. The course of true love is never smooth, and from their unfortunate beginning to their romantic ending, you'll love watching a most unusual relationship grow. Watch also for Edie Adams (Rocky's girlfriend) and Herschel Bernardi (Angie's brother) in great supporting roles.
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81 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Michael Lewis-hart on September 27, 2005
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Both Wood and Mcqueen are at their absolute best in this love story that translates into any era. Why do we have to wait for movies of this calibre to appear on DVD, when the studies release so much rubbish that nobody wants.

Mike Lewis-Hart. Australia
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Holly on September 1, 2006
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This is my favorite movie of all time. Why can't people get it in DVD? I've been waiting years!

The last reviewer suggests it's due to conservatives like me. I doubt it. "Love with the Proper Stanger" is a love story -- which I very much like. I'm fairly certain I'm not the only conservative out there that feels the same way.

I don't care what your politics are -- a good story is a good story. Let's get this one out there!
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67 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Paul Sayles on May 17, 2001
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McQueen and Wood are outstanding as a foot loose musician and a Macy sales clerk respectively in New York City. Even in a city of millions you still get involved with the lives of two families. While McQueen and Wood are standouts, the supporting cast help make this a solid and memorable film.

The movie begins with an empty hall and quickly it turns in to a musicians hiring hall. Here is where we first meet McQueen and Wood. Wood is coming to see McQueen about the after effects of a one night stand a few months earlier. Naturally, the woman remembers the man, but the man doesn't have a clue. What makes it tougher for McQueen is that he already has a girl friend when he meets Wood again. Eddie Adams is great here as McQueen's suffering girlfriend. When McQueen asks about maybe getting her help for a friend who needs a doctor for his pregnant girlfriend, the result is predictable but Adams is superb as she makes her opinion known.

The families of these two people are a great contrast. The family of Wood, all brothers and a mother are suffocating her with their concerns about her. Her brother picks her up from work in the family truck. Her mother is of the old world. McQueen's on the other hand have accepted that he is out on his own and seem to be used to his occassional appearences.

The scenes dealing with the solution to Wood's "problem" are chilling. Waiting on a windblown street for a contact. Both trying to be inconspicuous and worry that they have enough money for the "doctor". When the contact shows, he tells them that they have enough for the "doctor" but not for his fee. They are given a deadline and then they set off to dig up the money. McQueen knows his folks will give him some money so he heads with Wood, to see them at a local playground.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Joey Cant on March 8, 2005
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This film is truly a gem! Without giving anything away for those who haven't seen it yet: the pivotal scene in the squalid apartment is worth the price of the VHS! In this scene,Natalie Wood will take your breath away! The silent terror in her eyes is unforgettable! She is magnificent in a role that should have won her the Oscar! I've read so many reviews of older films including this one that criticizes the stories as being dated. This is nonsense! We must always remember the year it was filmed and judge it on it's merits. Saying this, I must add, Where is the DVD?
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Edith on November 24, 2004
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This is a wonderful, tender film that contains the beautiful Natalie Wood's greatest performance. Steve McQueen also is very winning. It is a romance, that starts off pretty realistically. Then midway,it switches to romantic comedy. But the performances are the thing in this film and the lead carry it off, ably supported by Hershal Bernardi, Edie Adams and Tom Bosley. I really wish that Paramount will soon release this on DVD. It's the kind of film you can watch over many times and come out feeling good about life.
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I have this movie on VHS & I love it!! But, tape only lasts for just so long. The DVD needs to come out now!! I've shown this movie to people in their late teens & to 20 somethings & they ALL love this movie. Come on studios, get the DVD out here!!!
Apr 17, 2010 by Barb Katt |  See all 7 posts
love with a proper stranger is on dvd
Thanks so much for the information. I just purchased this item on ebay and hope it arrives in good condition.
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