A Stranger Among Us

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"In a dangerous world of mystery and intrigue, she's going undercover searching for the truth."
  • R
  • 1992
  • 1 hr 49 min
  • 5.6  (4,137)

A Stranger Among Us is a 1992 crime drama movie, directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Melanie Griffith, Eric Thal, and John Pankow. The film tells the story of Emily Eden (Griffith), a tough and smart New York City cop who is asked to infiltrate a tight-knit Hasidic Jewish community to solve a murder. Emily is initially reluctant to take on the case, feeling out of place and unfamiliar with the Hasidic culture. However, she quickly finds herself drawn to the community and its traditions, particularly after she meets Ariel (Thal), a young Jewish man who is studying to become a rabbi.

As Emily delves deeper into the community, she uncovers a web of secrets and lies, including a forbidden romance between Ariel and the murdered woman. Emily's investigation becomes more complicated as she grows closer to Ariel and his family, making her question her own beliefs and values.

The film presents a vivid portrayal of the Hasidic lifestyle, capturing the community's customs and traditions with a keen eye for detail. Through Emily's eyes, the audience is given a glimpse into a world often closed off to outsiders, including the community's strict gender roles, religious practices, and familial bonds.

Melanie Griffith delivers a strong performance as Emily, a character torn between her duty as a cop and her growing affection for the community she is investigating. Eric Thal's portrayal of Ariel is equally compelling, capturing the character's struggles with his faith and his forbidden love.

The film also features an impressive supporting cast, including John Pankow as Emily's partner, Jamey Sheridan as the murdered woman's fiancé, and Tracy Pollan as Emily's closest confidant in the community.

A Stranger Among Us explores themes of faith, love, and loyalty, and the complexities of navigating multiple identities. The film's rich character development and compelling plot make it a worthwhile addition to the crime drama genre.

A Stranger Among Us is a 1992 crime movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 49 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.6.

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    5.6  (4,137)