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The Comfort of Strangers (1991)

Cast: Christopher Walken, Christopher Walken, Rupert Everett, more...
Director: Paul Schrader, Paul Schrader
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Studio: Madacy
Genre: Foreign, UK, Erotica
Running Time: 105 min.
Languages: English
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In this erotic thriller, a young English couple on vacation in Venice find themselves seduced by a mysterious older couple. Mary (Natasha Richardson) and Colin (Rupert Everett) have come to Italy to chart the future of their troubled relationship. They soon meet Robert (Christopher Walken), the enigmatic owner of a picturesque watering hole. He entertains them with copious vino and colorful stories of a childhood spent with a brutal, domineering father. Later, drunk and lost in the maze-like city, the couple once again encounter Robert, who puts them up at his gorgeous villa. They also meet his wife, Caroline (Helen Mirren), who suffers from crippling back pain and obvious emotional instability. Fascinated by the glamorous older couple but disturbed by their dysfunctions, Colin and Mary find themselves slowly drawn into sexual and emotional games that culminate in sudden violence. Directed by Paul Schrader, The Comfort of Strangers was adapted by playwright Harold Pinter from the novel by Ian McEwan. Richardson previously starred in Patty Hearst, Schrader's portrait of the newspaper heiress-turned-terrorist. ~ Brian J. Dillard, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Did not find worth watching. by HShapiro December 31, 2005 - 3:46 PM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
We (my wife & I) did not like this movie at all. In fact, my wife had very disturbing dreams about the movie after watching it. We did not appreciate the slow-moving, ponderous nature of the film, although I realize that this was the intent to convey the disaffection/disconnection each character felt in her/his life. I could not believe that the younger couple was so naive as to continue to associate with the older couple. Perhaps I am not perceptive enough to have noticed the subtleties that indicated the younger couples' willingness to participate... I do feel that I wasted the 100 plus minutes I spent watching this film. The violence at the end was extremely upsetting and the quality of the film, in my opinion, did not make this worth suffering. Nor did I learn much of a lesson from this.

a matter of taste by KFoster1 May 21, 2005 - 1:21 PM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
This is based on the novel by Ian McEwan and adapted by Pinter. The dialogue is great...stilted, odd, darkly funny. The leads are intentionally disconnected from each other and the repetetive dialogue highlights's only in the horrific violence at the end that they connect at all. Great on location work in claustrophobic Venice.

Was this supposed to be a movie? by NHarlow September 19, 2004 - 3:30 PM PDT
0 out of 6 members found this review helpful
This flick was BAAAAAADDDDDD. Christopher Walken was a Walken parody of himself. The plot was ridiculous. The starring actors were plastic and boring. If there were a rating lower than one star, this stinker would get it!

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