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Never Talk to Strangers (1995, Rebecca De Mornay, Antonio Banderas)



Never Talk to Strangers is Sir Peter Hall’s erotic psychological thriller that had to be re-edited for the American market so that it could be given an ‘R’ rating. Apparently, much of the cutting was of a naked Antonio Banderas.

Rebecca de Mornay plays criminal psychologist Dr Sarah Taylor, who begins the story by assessing the mental state of serial killer Max Cheski (Harry Dean Stanton), and soon becomes involved with handsome stranger Toni Ramirez (Banderas). She doesn’t trust him and, when she starts to receive increasingly violent threats, she hires a private detective to follow him. But no one is quite what they seem in this edgy tale of paranoia and suspicion.

Much of the acting was praised by Variety which said: ‘De Mornay gives an intense, affecting performance as the repressed psychologist, and De Mornay and Banderas provide further evidence that they’re not lacking in the big screen sex-appeal department.’ The same reviewer also commented that ‘Stanton is perfect as the smart-but-demented serial killer and (Dennis) Miller, as always, is droll as the somewhat befuddled neighbour.’

production details
USA – Canada | 86 minutes | 1995

Director: Peter Hall
Script: Lewis A. Green, Jordan Rush,

Rebecca De Mornay as Dr. Sarah Taylor
Antonio Banderas as Tony Ramirez
Dennis Miller as Cliff Raddison
Len Cariou as Henry Taylor
Martha Burns as Maura
Harry Dean Stanton as Max Cheski
Eugene Lipinski as Dudakoff



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