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Love With The Proper Stranger
|Best homevideo options are Laser Disk or VHS. Both are in 1.33:1 aspect ratio.|
|BUY NTSC||Natalie Wood and Steve McQueen|
Screencap provided by Daniel Smague.
Steve McQueen plays a womanising musician who gets an unpleasant and life altering shock when a young and naive girl who he can barely remember (played by Natalie Wood) arrives in his life and tells him she is going to have his baby.
Deeply distressed at his response, and realising that she was just one of many one night stands, she falls into a state of despair and asks him to help her have an abortion. Together they form an unpleasant partnership as they set out to arrange an illegal and dangerous 'back yard' style abortion.
|What begins as a cold and unpleasant relationship slowly changes as he begins to care for her. But faced with the reality of the abortion, and her emotional wellbeing, he faces the the most profound decision of his life...|
|At times powerful and emotionally draining,
at times heartwarmingly touching, and then even funny, this extremely unlikely
premise for a romantic movie turns out to be a very rare thing... a romance with substance.|
This film was a hit with women, and launced McQueen into the status of 'heartthrob' and 'romantic lead' material.
Newsweek praised this film and declared that Steve McQueen deserved an Academy Award for his performance.
Definitely a great McQueen performance and a must watch for McQueen fans. Natalie Wood's performance is also exceptional, and if Steve deserved an Academy Award then Natalie did as well.
Directed by To Kill a Mockingbird's Robert Mulligan, who also directed that other great early McQueen film, Baby, the rain must fall.
|Bosley and Wood|
Tom Bosley of Happy Days fame appears in his first movie role, playing Natalie Wood's bumbling admirer in a light hearted, comical performance.