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Never Talk to Strangers is a 1995 American thriller film directed by Peter Hall and starring Antonio Banderas and Rebecca De Mornay.

Never Talk to Strangers
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byPeter Hall
Produced byAndras Hamori
Jeffrey R. Neuman
Martin J. Wiley
Rebecca De Mornay
Robert Lantos
Barbet Schroeder
Written byLewis Green
Jordan Rush
Music byPino Donaggio
Steve Sexton
CinematographyElemér Ragályi
Edited byRoberto Silvi
Distributed byTriStar Pictures
Release date
  • October 20, 1995 (1995-10-20)
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$6.4 million
Box office$6,858,261[1]


Psychologist Dr. Sarah Taylor (Rebecca De Mornay) is a guarded, aloof criminal psychologist who interviews a client who is a rapist, and is pleading not guilty by reason of insanity. It is later revealed that she was the subject of daily rapes as a child by her estranged father, who is now shown to be very ill. Sarah meets Tony Ramirez (Antonio Banderas) in a shopping mall, and she gives him her number. She begins a relationship with Tony, despite the creepy advances of her neighbor, Cliff (Dennis Miller), with whom she once had a one-night stand.

Days into this new relationship, Sarah begins to get death threats and strange gifts, such as dead flowers. As she gets more romantic with Tony, the gifts get more extreme. Her beloved cat is dismembered, at which point Sarah goes to the police. Sarah then hires a detective and has Tony followed, and breaks into his apartment only to discover that he has a file on her, including information about her mother's death in a gun accident, twenty years before. Tony is actually investigating her, trying to learn the whereabouts of a former boyfriend of hers who had disappeared suddenly.

Ultimately, it is revealed that Sarah suffers from multiple personality disorder, brought about from her abuse as a child, and from her father brainwashing her to cover up the murder of her mother. Her alternate personality is responsible for all of the strange gifts, and for murdering her ex-boyfriend. When Tony goes to her father's house, Sarah (under the control of her alternate personality) follows him, shoots and kills him there, and then kills her father when he tries to intervene. When Sarah reverts to her normal personality, not remembering what has happened, she presumes that Tony was crazy and killed her father, and that she killed Tony in self-defense. In the end, she is seen entering into a relationship with Cliff.



Never Talk to Strangers received negative reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a score of 15% based on 20 reviews, with an average rating of 3.59/10. The site's consensus reads: "Never Talk to Strangers -- and never make the mistake of believing this silly stalker mystery is the best available viewing option".[2] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "C+" on an A+ to F scale.[3]


The film features "Love Sick" performed by Alfonzo Blackwell.


  1. ^ Never Talk to Strangers at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ Never Talk to Strangers at Rotten Tomatoes
  3. ^ "CinemaScore".

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