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Strangers When We Meet (1960)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 30 June 1960 (USA)
A suburban architect loves his wife but is bored with his marriage and with his work, so he takes up with the neglected, married beauty who lives down the street.

Director:

Richard Quine

Writers:

Evan Hunter (screenplay), Evan Hunter (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kirk Douglas ... Larry Coe
Kim Novak ... Margaret 'Maggie' Gault
Ernie Kovacs ... Roger Altar
Barbara Rush ... Eve Coe
Walter Matthau ... Felix Anders
Virginia Bruce ... Mrs. Wagner
Kent Smith ... Stanley Baxter
Helen Gallagher Helen Gallagher ... Betty Anders
John Bryant ... Ken Gault
Roberta Shore ... Linda Harder
Nancy Kovack ... Marcia
Carol Douglas Carol Douglas ... Honey Blonde
Paul Picerni ... Arthur Gerandi
Ernest Sarracino ... Frank Di Labbia
Harry Jackson Harry Jackson ... Bud Ramsey
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The awarded architect Larry Coe lives a boring marriage with his wife Eve Coe and their two young sons in the suburb. Larry is designing and constructing an unique house to the successful writer Roger Altar (Ernie Kovacs) on the top of a hill. Margaret 'Maggie' Gault is a sexy blond sexually neglected by her husband Ken Gault that lives in the same neighborhood and they have a young son. When Larry meets Maggie at the bus stop of the school bus, he unsuccessfully hits on her. But soon they encounter each other again and they have a love affair. They fall in love with each other, but when their despicable neighbor Felix Anders discovers their affair, they have to decide between loyalty and respect to their families or love. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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"I LOVE YOU BABY, BUT MY WIFE JUST REFUSES TO UNDERSTAND!" See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Trivia

Kim Novak reportedly enjoyed a lot of latitude on the set because she was involved with director Richard Quine and used that latitude to make unsolicited suggestions to various crew members. However, when Novak tried to make suggestions to Kirk Douglas on how he should be acting, he took offense and the result was a chilly relationship between them off-set. See more »

Goofs

When Felix is advising Larry about the dangers of cheating on his wife, he warns him to watch out not to leave blonde hair pins laying around because Larry's wife Eve has black hair. In reality, actress Barbara Rush sported reddish auburn hair. See more »

Quotes

Larry Coe: There's so much to say and yet there's nothing.
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Connections

Referenced in El crack dos (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Strangers When We Meet
Music by George Duning
Lyrics by Richard Quine
Performed by chorus over main credits
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Eye Opener & Good Show!
13 December 2004 | by markspangler1See all my reviews

I was totally shocked when I saw this film as a kid, home sick from school. Here was one of my movie heroes, Kirk Douglas and the lovely Kim Novak at her sexiest, and they were NOT doing good things in their neighborhood. Ahhhhhhhhh... so THIS is what was happening while I was at school.

This "adult" themed soaper showed that Hollywood was beginning to change its tune when it came to dealing with issues like infidelity. Douglas plays a successful architect who starts an affair with Novak because he's, well, bored. Douglas' macho performance is tempered a bit and we really feel that he is in love with Novak. This isn't a tawdry affair, we're supposed to believe, because Douglas' performance is so strong. It isn't until late in the film do we realize that these types of affairs are incredibly damaging to all involved and that there are no heroes here.

For establishing a subtle ground-breaking subject matter, for a strong Douglas performance, for the neat cars and a really cool barbecue on the patio (hello 60s... you can just see the neighborhood gang out there, firing up the steaks, sipping on gin and tonics and watching a space shot on one of those metal portable TVs) and most of all for the gorgeous Kim Novak, this soaper has a little more depth than you'd expect.

Watch it.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1960 (USA) See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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