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When Strangers Appear

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WHEN STRANGERS APPEAR is an intense, terrifying psychological thriller starring a hot, young cast including Radha Mitchell (Pitch Black, High Art), Barry Watson (TV's "Seventh Heaven") and Josh Lucas(The Deep End). When Beth (Mitchell) opens her remote roadside diner, she expects another slow day.But almost immediately, Jack (Watson), a handsome drifter bursts in, bleeding and on the run. Within moments, the three surfers Jack claims are chasing him appear and the stage is set for a deadly game of cat and mouse as Beth must decide whom to trust and whom to fear.

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"When Strangers Appear" is an intense, terrifying psychological thriller starring a hot, young cast including Radha Mitchell ("Pitch Black," "High Art"), Barry Watson (TV's "Seventh Heaven") and Josh Lucas ("The Deep End"). When Beth (Mitchell) opens her remote roadside diner, she expects another slow day. But almost immediately, Jack (Watson), a handsome drifter burst in, bleeding and on the run. Within moments, the three surfers Jack claims are chasing him appear and the stage is set for a deadly game of cat and mouse as Beth must decide whom to trust and whom to fear.

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  • Actors: Barry Watson, Josh Lucas, Radha Mitchell, Kevin Anderson
  • Directors: Scott Reynolds
  • Producers: Sue Rogers
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Korean, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 29, 2002
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005U8EQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,617 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "When Strangers Appear" on IMDb

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This made-on-a-shoestring film delivers a wallop. I went in with no expectations and was instantly drawn into the compelling opening scenes, and the razor sharp acting by the young cast.
The movie opens with Beth (Radha Mitchell) striding purposefully down a dusty highway. She is furious when a car speeds past her leaving her in a cloud of dust without offering her a ride. She arrives at a surprising spacious, super hygienic diner that she opens for business. Imaginative quick shots follow of her filling the condiment containers, starting the coffee, turning on the lights highlighting the boredom and repetitiousness of her life. Enter the driver of the car who passed her by, Jack (Barry Wilson) greasy haired, frail, shaky and obviously broke and hungry. Beth warily jokes with him and feels empathy toward this polite young man; she has obviously had troubles of her own. Jack claims that three surfers are after him, trying to kill him. He clearly is frightened and has a serious wound in his side. While he is telling his story, the "surfers" drive up. In a panic, he draws a knife and hides. The three, led by Daniel (Josh Lucas, the only actor I recognized: "Sweet Home Alabama," "Hulk") said they were on their way to the nearby beach. Daniel in particular was charming, funny and sweet. They admitted they were looking for a drifter who they claimed had broken into their car and robbed them. That's the setup, and Beth (and the viewer) spend two-thirds of the movie trying to figure out who to believe. Violence, terror, and things that-go-bump-in-the-night escalate until the tension is unbearable.
The pacing is relentless and for me, the movie went by in a flash.
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This movie was better the first time I watched it (about 12 years ago). I ordered it because I remembered parts of it being mysterious and other parts just being good to make fun of. I ended up just making fun of it this time. I like Josh Lucas in this movie, and I kind of like Barry Watson. Radha Mitchell's character (the MAIN character) is the one who's annoying, and the ending...kinda ridiculous.
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When Strangers Appear, is the kind of movie that can suck you in, and take you along for a suspenseful, and unpredictable journey. Written and directed by Scott Reynolds, the film is an Australian production, set in of all places, Oregon. The plot unfolds, taking twists and turns, designed to keep you guessing. The film features no big stars, but contains solid performances by the entire cast. Ultimately how much you may enjoy it, may depend on your tolerance for ambiguity. If you need to have total clarity and resolution, you may not be satisfied with the ending. Saying too much, about exactly what happens, would ruin it for those who have not yet seen the movie, but here are some peripheral comments.
Radha Mitchell, is an actress with talent. She was great in ...Pitch Black..., and also plays a strong woman here. Her performance is believable, and rings true throughout. No cheap laughs, or throwaway lines. Her character "Beth", is busy running two businesses. By day, a tiny dinner, and at night, she manages a motel. Barry Watson, gives an edgy performance as a furtive and suspicious drifter who shows up at the diner, claiming that people are after him. Josh Lucas plays a helpful "surfer", one who's concerned about Beth. And Kevin Anderson plays the local lawman, a guy who apparently has problems controlling himself around women, especially Beth.
When Strangers Appear, is an interesting film, with some quirky choices in editing. It starts a bit slow, but the level of violence escalates, at times quite surprisingly. The plot twists keep you guessing, and in the end, you don't know exactly what it was all for. There are some major problems with time sequencing during a standoff scene at the diner, where it goes from noon to dusk in just a few minutes.
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I absolutely love this movie....As a matter of fact I love all of Radha Mitchell's movies.She is such an extraordinary actress/actor.I'm actually collecting all of the movies she stars in.Call me crazy I just love her that's all.
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I was hooked from the first few minutes. I was never sure who to trust until a long way into this film. The female lead is compelling and the fear the characters feel is passed on to the viewer. A very stressful and exiting film.
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Watching this film is not a difficult thing. Theres enough going for it that it will hold your interest. With likable charactors like Beth (Mitchell) that overshadow that annoying charactors like Jack (Watson) you are bound to enjoy most of the film. My only pet peves are that most of the plot, and even the sub-plots, are never fully explored. When Jack arrives at Beths diner he's worn out, bleeding and frightened. When Peter (Lucas) arrives looking for Jack he's the complete opposite. He's clean and calm. Beth is confused. Is this Jack guy crazy or rightfully and justifiably on the run. And then there's Brice, the cop who raped Beth and his crazy wife who harrases Beth constantly. And there's the doctor Eric who Beth asks to help Jack. Theres problems with all of this. They never really explain what really happened between Beth and Brice, they never tell you why Eric and Beth are so close (Beth says somthing about Eric being there for her when no one else was...what in the hell is she talking about???) and the biggest problem is that while they explain that Peter and his buddies are after a disc that Jack has they never explain what is on the disc...I mean, what do three slacker surfing bums want with a disc. I think the writer couldn't come up with a good enough ending or even a plot and so he said, lets end it with some eplosions and $hit and then we won't have to explain anything...What saves this movie it the acting. I think that Rahha Mitchell is an excilent actress (See Melinda and Melinda) and Josh Lucas always possesses that cool and colected air about him. Barry Watson has never impressed me and he just upset me in this movie. His charactor was so unstable and jumpy that it was unrealistic.Read more ›
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