The Comfort of Strangers
The Comfort of Strangers

The Comfort of Strangers (1990)

The Comfort of Strangers

The Comfort of Strangers (1989)

Budget (GBP) 0
Distribution Company

Skouras Pictures   (Distributor | Est. Unknown)

Release Date 1 September 1990
Black and White No
Regional Release No
Release Notes Switzerland August 1990 (Locarno Film Festival);
Italy 1 September 1990 (Venice Film Festival);
Germany 1 November 1990;
UK 30 November 1990;
Peru 1991;
Netherlands 25 January 1991;
Denmark 1 February 1991;
Portugal 15 February 1991;
France 13 March 1991;
USA 15 March 1991 (San Francisco, California);
USA 29 March 1991 (New York City, New York);
USA April 1991;
Greece 1 April 1991;
Spain 8 May 1991;
Sweden 14 June 1991;
Finland 28 June 1991;
Ireland 11 October 1991;
Australia 21 November 1991;
Turkey 8 May 1992;
Japan 21 February 1993 (video premiere);
Hungary 26 August 1993 (video premiere);
Germany 29 June 2015 (Munich International Film Festival).
Description Pinter adaptation of 1981 novel by Ian McEwan. An unmarried couple on vacation in Venice befriends a mysterious local couple who ensnares them into their games of psychological and sexual manipulation. One evening, Colin and Mary lose their way looking for a restaurant, and a stranger, Robert, invites them to accompany him. He plies them with wine and grotesque stories from his childhood. They leave disoriented, physically ill, and morally repelled. But, the next day, when the stranger sees them in the piazza, they accept an invitation to his sumptuous flat to meet his wife Caroline.
Language English

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Linked People

Paul Schrader

Creative | Director

Ian McEwan

Creative | Author (original novel)

Harold Pinter (1930 - 2008)

Creative | Screenplay

Mario Cotone

Production | Executive Producer

Linda Reisman

Production | Associate Producer

Angelo Rizzoli Jr

Production | Producer

John Thompson

Production | Associate Producer

Angelo Badalamenti

Creative | Music

Dante Spinotti

Creative | Cinematography

Bill Pankow

Creative | Film Editor

Mary Selway

Creative | Casting

Gianni Quaranta

Creative | Production Designer

Luigi Marchione

Creative | Art Director

Stefano Paltrinieri

Creative | Set Decoration

Giorgio Armani

Creative | Costume Designer

Walter Cossu

Creative | Makeup Artist

Maria Costanzi

Creative | Assistant Hair Stylist

Stefano Fava

Creative | Makeup Artist

Paolo Franceschi

Creative | Hairstylist

Stefano Bolzoni

Production | Unit manager

Adriano Di Lorenzo

Production | Production Manager

Alessandro Senaldi

Production | Unit manager

Fabrizio Castellani

Production | Production supervisor

Marco Guidone

Creative | Assistant Director

Giacomo Lesina

Creative | First Assistant Director

Alessandro Alberti

Creative | Draughtsman

Luciano Bispuri

Creative | Props

Francesco Cagnoni

Creative | Draughtsman

Franco Pizzonia

Creative | Construction Coordinator

Floriano Porzionato

Creative | Props

Massimo Anlezotti

Technical | Sound effects

Luciano Anzelotti

Technical | Sound effects

Luca Anzelotti

Technical | Sound Effects Editor

Umberto Vandilli

Creative | Scenic Artist

Jim Beshears

Technical | Sound Effects Editor

Marko A. Costanzo

Technical | Foley artist

Susan Sklar Friedman

Technical | Assistant sound editor

Mark Goodermote

Technical | Boom operator

Bruce Kitzmeyer

Technical | Sound Editor

Drew Kunin

Technical | Sound Mixer

Maurice Schell

Technical | Supervising Sound Editor

Mel Zelniker

Technical | Re-recording mixer

Deborah Beer

Technical | Still Photographer

Sandro Bolli

Technical | Head grip

Fabio Di Meis

Technical | Electrician

Felice Guzzi

Technical | Electrician

Enrico Lucidi

Technical | Camera operator

Alberico Novelli

Technical | Chief lighting technician

Fabio Olmi

Technical | Second assistant camera

Nicola Pecorini

Technical | Steadicam Operator

Alessandro Rossi

Technical | Electrician

Marco Sacerdoti

Technical | First assistant camera

Doriano Torriero

Technical | Best boy

Laura Borselli

Creative | Assistant Makeup Artist

Franco Torriero

Technical | Grip

Francesco Zaccaria

Technical | Electrician

Mariolina Bono

Technical | Costume supervisor

Maria Giovanno Caselli

Technical | Assistant costume supervisor

Giancarlo Barberi

Technical | Colour timer

Sue Blainey

Technical | Assistant editor

Kristina Boden

Technical | Associate editor

Fabio Maiuri

Technical | Assistant editor

Daniele Sordoni

Technical | Assistant editor

Giorgio Padoan

Technical | Location manager

Thomas Drescher

Technical | Music editor

Gabriella Di Santo

Production | Production Coordinator

Luciano Gallina

Production | Crowd marshall

Rachel Griffiths

Production | Script supervisor

Andrea Nuzzolo

Production | Production secretary

Eugene Rizzo

Production | Unit Publicist

Linked Organisations

Skouras Pictures (Distributor | Est. Unknown)


Mary (The Comfort of Strangers) (Age: Not Specified, Female)

Performer: Natasha Richardson

Caroline (Age: Not Specified, Female)

Performer: Helen Mirren (1946)

Colin (Age: Not Specified, Male)

Performer: Rupert Everett

Concierge (Age: Not Specified, Male)

Performer: Manfredi Aliquo

Detective (Age: Not Specified, Male)

Performer: Mario Cotone

Hotel Maid (Age: Not Specified, Female)

Performer: Rossana Canghiari

Policeman (1) (The Comfort of Strangers) (Age: Not Specified, Male)

Performer: Giancarlo Previati

Policeman (2) (The Comfort of Strangers) (Age: Not Specified, Male)

Performer: Antonio Serrano

Waiter (1) (The Comfort of Strangers) (Age: Not Specified, Male)

Performer: David Ford

Waiter (2) (The Comfort of Strangers) (Age: Not Specified, Male)

Performer: Daniel Franco

Robert (The Comfort of Strangers) (Age: Not Specified, Male)

Performer: Christopher Walken

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Deborah Auld, 'From the Terrace', Village Voice, 12 December 1989, p. 106 (Paper-based)

Type: Review

Rafferty, Terrence. "The Comfort of Strangers." The New Yorker, Apr. 8, 1999, p. 84 (Paper-based)

Type: Review

The Comfort of Strangers, 1989 (URL)

Type: Trailer

External Link:

Original trailer.


Sharp Cut: Harold Pinter's Screenplays and the Artistic Process

Steven H. Gale, Harold Pinter's Screenplays and the Artistic Process (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2003)

Academic book

Contains chapters on each of Harold Pinter's filmed screenplays and includes a bibliography of reviews of films up to 1999.