The Familiar Stranger

Theatrical Release: March 12, 2001
The Familiar Stranger


Based on a true story, a woman is devastated when her husband commits suicide only to discover ten years later that he’s alive and faked his own death. This original movie premieres on Lifetime, Monday, 3/12/01 at 9:00 PM (ET/PT).

Dove Review

What starts out as a depressing drama about a woman left alone to raise her children while keeping the wolves from the door, turns into a slick, well-acted mystery. What a pleasure to view a film that focuses on good storytelling without today’s quotient of objectionable content. Here there is no profanity, no sexual exploitation and no violence. But, make no mistake, it will keep you involved.

However, let me ask the ladies a question. Does it seem to you that the Lifetime Network (Television for Women) often surpasses uplifting feminine rights, preferring to feature a militant thrust in many of its made-for-TV movies? Time after time, I review films from that cable network that feature men in a negative light. They are either abusers that women must escape from or weaklings that women must carry on their professional shoulders. Do the execs at Lifetime really think that all men fall into those two categories? As for women’s rights, no one addressed the subject more eloquently in movies than Katherine Hepburn, yet you always believed that she liked the opposite sex. If that attitude came across a little more on Lifetime, we guys might just watch those movies with you. Come on ladies, write to Lifetime and tell them to lighten up when it comes to the opposite sex.

Content Description

Faith: None
Violence: Although it is feared that a man has committed suicide, we do not see the act or a dead body.
Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: Although it is feared that a man has committed suicide, we do not see the act or a dead body.
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: Mature themes.


Company: Lifetime
Writer: Alan Hines
Director: Alan Metzger
Producer: Andrea Baynes
Genre: Suspense
Runtime: 120 min.
Reviewer: Phil Boatwright