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Once We Were Strangers (1997)

96 min | Comedy, Romance

Antonio is a seductive, charismatic Sicilian living illegally in New York. He wanders from job to job, lives as a squatter and enjoys a carefree romantic tryst with a wealthy art dealer. When he falls in love with Ellen, a strong-willed ...See moreAntonio is a seductive, charismatic Sicilian living illegally in New York. He wanders from job to job, lives as a squatter and enjoys a carefree romantic tryst with a wealthy art dealer. When he falls in love with Ellen, a strong-willed radio talk-show host who is set to move to Paris within a few days, he decides he must find a way to keep her from leaving. Meanwhile, Antonio's friend Apu faces a love challenge of his own. Apu is a young Indian-turned-New Yorker who was sent from his homeland with his family's life savings to find the American dream of success and fulfillment. He works hard at odds jobs-- from being a guinea pig in a drug-testing lab to dubbing porno films. Then his life is completely uprooted on the day his pre-arranged wife from India arrives in New York--the woman chosen by their families when they were children, one he hasn't seen since he was 8 and she was 4. Apu is caught between the old world and the new--trying to find love and happiness within the confines of his pre-determined destiny. The film is about what happens when cultures clash--about expectations and reality, dreams of love and money, and life when the timing is way off. Written by See less
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Jan 1998 (United States)

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44 cast members
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Vincenzo Amato
Antonio Antonio   See fewer
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Lynn Cohen
Natasha Natasha   See fewer
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Lázaro Pérez
Homeless Man (as Lazaro Perez) Homeless Man (as Lazaro Perez)   See fewer
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Adrián Witzke
Todd (as Adrian Witzke) Todd (as Adrian Witzke)   See fewer
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Seamus McNally
Photographer / Bar Creep Photographer / Bar Creep   See fewer
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Alisha McKinney
Supermarket Cashier Supermarket Cashier   See fewer
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Ostaro
Porn Shop Owner Porn Shop Owner   See fewer
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Lou George
Building Security Building Security   See fewer
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Robert Gourp
Porn Director Porn Director   See fewer
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James Reno
Immigration Officer Immigration Officer   See fewer
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Alberto Novelli
Silent Immigration Officer Silent Immigration Officer   See fewer
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Toni Pisano
Store Owner Store Owner   See fewer
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Santos Morales
Superintendant Superintendant   See fewer
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Ray Zorhed
Cyberpunk at Bar Cyberpunk at Bar   See fewer
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Nicholas Evans
Musician at Bar Musician at Bar   See fewer
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Alfred Padilla
Puerto Rican Recording Artist Puerto Rican Recording Artist   See fewer
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Marius Biegai
German Recording Artist (as Marius Biegaj) German Recording Artist (as Marius Biegaj)   See fewer
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Caroline Bornant
French Recording Artist French Recording Artist   See fewer
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Ken Webb
Waiter Waiter   See fewer
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Aysha Quinn
Portrait Painter Portrait Painter   See fewer
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Vanna Marino Colella
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Ann Bloch
Portrait Painter Portrait Painter   See fewer
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Daphne Gaines
Airline Agent Airline Agent   See fewer
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Pietro González
Cook (as Pietro Gonzalez) Cook (as Pietro Gonzalez)   See fewer
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Gary Dennis
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Ed Clarkson-Farrell
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Ronald Cohen
Bar Customer Bar Customer   See fewer
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Mariano Franzese
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Robert Laws
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Mohinder Singh
Cab Driver Cab Driver   See fewer
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Chandana Sikund
Indian Girl in Laundromat Indian Girl in Laundromat   See fewer
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Christine Robert
Woman in Laundromat Woman in Laundromat   See fewer
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Linda Moran
Woman with Dog Woman with Dog   See fewer
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Paolo Battisti
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Cecilia Dazzi
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6.6 / 10 | 222 votes