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Love with the Proper Stranger Details

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Taken for granted by her Italian family, New Yorker Natalie Wood seeks solace in the arms of irresponsible jazz musician Steve McQueen. She becomes pregnant, but doesn't expect McQueen to marry her; all she wants is enough money to pay for an illegal abortion (this is ten years before Roe v. Wade). Not surprisingly, McQueen is refused a loan by his girl friend Edie Adams; meanwhile, Wood is being pressured by her family to marry gormless Tom Bosley. As the abortion appointment approaches, McQueen begins to feel guilty, but still won't propose. Bosley finds out that Wood is pregnant, and is willing to make an honest woman of her. Wood finally makes up her mind what she's going to do and whom she's going to choose when she walks into the seedy abortion clinic. Though very dated, Love With the Proper Stranger is still dramatically viable, thanks to the on-screen rapport between Natalie Wood and Steve McQueen, and to the large and talented New York-based supporting cast. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 25, 1963

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Natalie Wood Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1963 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Natalie Wood Best Actress 1963 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Arnold Schulman Best Original Screenplay 1963 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Roland Anderson Best Black and White Art Direction 1963 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sam Comer Best Black and White Art Direction 1963 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Edith Head Best Black and White Costume Design 1963 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Steve McQueen Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1963 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Hal Pereira Best Black and White Art Direction 1963 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Milton Krasner Best Black and White Cinematography 1963 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Grace Gregory Best Black and White Art Direction 1963 Nominee

Cast

Natalie Wood
as Angie Rossini
Steve McQueen
as Rocky Papasano
Edie Adams
as Barbie (Barbara of Seville)
Herschel Bernardi
as Dominick Rossini
Tom Bosley
as Anthony Colombo
Harvey Lembeck
as Julio Rossini
Virginia Vincent
as Anna
Augusta Ciolli
as Mrs. Papasano
Anne Hegira
as Beetie
Elena Karam
as Woman Doctor
Marilyn Chris
as Gina
Wolfe Barzell
as The Priest
Nobu McCarthy
as Yuki
Tony Mordente
as Fat
Vic Tayback
as Cye
Mike Enserro
as Moish
Frank Marth
as Carlos
Paul Price
as Klepp
Lennie Bremen
as Truck Driver
Arlene Golonka
as Marge
Richard Dysart
as Accountant
Penny Santon
as Mama Rossini
Barney Martin
as Sidney
Louis Guss
as Flooey
Henry Howard
as Lou
Val Avery
as Stein
Richard Mulligan
as Louie

Crew

Robert Mulligan
Director
Alan J. Pakula
Producer
Arnold Schulman
Screenwriter
Milton Krasner
Cinematographer
Elmer Bernstein
Composer (Music Score)
Aaron Stell
Editor
Grace Gregory
Production Designer
Hal Pereira
Production Designer
Roland Anderson
Production Designer
Sam Comer
Set Designer
Grace Gregory
Set Designer
Edith Head
Costume Designer
Wally Westmore
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