Once You Kiss a Stranger


1h 46m 1969
Once You Kiss a Stranger

Brief Synopsis

A mentally unstable woman seduces a golfer. Together, they plot a murder scheme to kill the woman's psychiatrist and the golfer's rival.

Film Details

Also Known As
Sudden Death, The Perfect Set-Up, You Can't Win 'Em All
MPAA Rating
PG
Genre
Adaptation
Drama
Thriller
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
Charlotte, North Carolina, opening: 12 Nov 1969
Production Company
Warner Bros.--Seven Arts, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith (New York, 1950)

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 46m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.66 : 1

Synopsis

Knowing that psychiatrist Haggis has suggested her commitment, psychotic Diana is inspired by professional golfer Jerry's "sudden death" playoff against rival Mike. Seducing Jerry at the country club, Diana suggests a murder pact, according to which she will kill his opponent and he will slay her psychiatrist. Assuming that she is joking, the drunken Jerry agrees. As they make love Diana's concealed camera and tape recorder document the act. After stealing Jerry's club and lighter Diana locates Mike on the course, runs the golfer over with a cart, and clubs him to death. Diana now demands that Jerry fulfill his part of the bargain, threatening to incriminate him in Mike's murder if he refuses. As Jerry consults his estranged wife, Lee, Diana phones the couple and plays the tape. Following Jerry's departure, Diana attempts to run over Lee with a beach buggy. Fearing that Jerry has complied with Diana's demand, Lee rushes to Haggis' office, where she finds her husband conferring with the physician. Her plot discovered, Diana is arrested.

Film Details

Also Known As
Sudden Death, The Perfect Set-Up, You Can't Win 'Em All
MPAA Rating
PG
Genre
Adaptation
Drama
Thriller
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
Charlotte, North Carolina, opening: 12 Nov 1969
Production Company
Warner Bros.--Seven Arts, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith (New York, 1950)

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 46m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.66 : 1

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Once You Kiss a Stranger


A mentally unstable woman seduces a golfer. Together, they plot a murder scheme to kill the woman''s psychiatrist and the golfer's rival.
Once You Kiss A Stranger

Once You Kiss a Stranger

A mentally unstable woman seduces a golfer. Together, they plot a murder scheme to kill the woman''s psychiatrist and the golfer's rival.

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Previously filmed by Alfred Hitchcock as Strangers on a Train (1951). Working titles: You Can't Win 'Em All, Sudden Death, and The Perfect Set-Up.