A Stranger Among Us

Synopsis: Detective Emily Eden is a tough New York City cop forced to go undercover to solve a puzzling murder. Her search for the truth takes her into a secret world of unwritten law and unspoken power, a world where the only way out is deeper in!
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Sidney Lumet
Production: Buena Vista Pictures
  1 win & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

Money? Jewelry?

Diamonds are missing, yes.

How much are we

talking here?

Wholesale, about $720,000.

Well, look, I hate to say this,

but if we're talking diamonds...

we could be looking

at a felony here.

Maybe your son ripped you off.

I've seen it a hundred times.

In your world perhaps, not in ours.

Are you in charge here?

The Almighty is in charge.

Um, Mr. Klausman...

when was the last time

that you saw your son?

Tuesday night... right before Yaakov

went to say Maariv.

[ Ariel ] Maariv,

that's the evening prayer.

I should also tell you

I'm Yaakov's best friend...

and probably the last person

to see him before he disappeared.

Then you and I are gonna

have to have a little talk.

You will pardon me.

I have people waiting to see me.

No, no. You stay.

- Um, would you excuse us?

- It wouldn't be proper,

us alone in the room.

Why, are you planning

on jumping my bones?

It's a question of modesty,

proper behavior.

I was just kidding.

I was kidding.

Yes, of course.

I got it. I got it. Okay?

Here we go. All right,

speak to me of Yaakov Klausman.

[ Buzzing ]

- Sholem alechem.

- Alechem sholem.


That's all the transactions

for the past year...

- to the public.

- What do you mean?

On the street, among ourselves,

we do business with a handshake.

- No written contracts?

- It's a business based

on honor and trust.

Huh. What exactly does Yaakov do?

Yaakov cuts the stones.

He's fallen behind in his work

what with his wedding and all.


- What do you call those?

- These?

- Yeah, those.

- Payess.


Why do you wear 'em?

It's in the Torah, the Bible. It's a law.

You're not supposed to shave there.

How come?

Well, the Torah doesn't give us

a reason. But the Rabbis teach us...

in ancient times idol worshipers

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Robert J. Avrech

Robert J. Avrech is an American screenwriter whose works include the 1984 film Body Double (with Brian De Palma) and A Stranger Among Us (1992). He won an Emmy Award for his screenplay The Devil's Arithmetic, based on the young adult novel by Jane Yolen.He is also the author of the children's novel The Hebrew Kid and the Apache Maiden, and the memoir How I Married Karen, and publishes personal and political writings on his blog, Seraphic Press. From 2009 through mid-2012, he was a writer for Breitbart News. more…

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