Single White Female
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Single White Female

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Director: Barbet Schroeder

Cast: Barbet Schroeder, Bridget Fonda, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Steven Weber

     
 

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In this psychological thriller, a needy young woman finds fulfillment by trying to literally become her successful roommate. Attractive Manhattanite Allison Jones (Bridget Fonda) has it all: a handsome beau, a rent-controlled apartment, and a promising career as a fashion designer. When boyfriend Sam (Steven Weber) proves unfaithful, Allison strikes out on her own but…  See more details below

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In this psychological thriller, a needy young woman finds fulfillment by trying to literally become her successful roommate. Attractive Manhattanite Allison Jones (Bridget Fonda) has it all: a handsome beau, a rent-controlled apartment, and a promising career as a fashion designer. When boyfriend Sam (Steven Weber) proves unfaithful, Allison strikes out on her own but must use the classifieds to seek out a roommate in order to keep her spacious digs. In steps Hedra Carlson (Jennifer Jason Leigh), who's timid and frumpy but puppy-dog sweet. The self-centered Allison finds Hedra's eager friendship flattering, but soon she grows annoyed as Hedra begins emulating everything about her. After Allison gets back with Sam and asks Hedra to please vacate the premises, the pert beauty really gets to see her weird new roomie's bad side -- Hedra, it seems, is downright homicidal. Directed by Barbet Schroeder, who wowed Hollywood with Barfly and Reversal of Fortune. Single White Female was the second screenplay from future Opposite of Sex director Don Roos.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Although it's not as distinctive as the movies that earned Barbet Schroeder his stellar American reputation, Single White Female is the most entertaining of the straight genre pieces the director filmed in the 1990s. With a wickedly literal twist on the familiar roommate-from-hell scenario, Don Roos' screenplay exploits suspense film conventions, but the gender of the players and the Alfred Hitchcock-style doubling of the plot add a welcome dose of psychological subtext to a genre that had of late become rather straightforward in Hollywood's hands. With her malleable looks and easily projected neediness, Jennifer Jason Leigh is downright creepy as Hedra, a role that gave the idiosyncratic actress cineplex exposure while still allowing her to expand her range. As Allison, Bridget Fonda isn't afraid to coast on the charm of her famous face and portray a character whose very substance is her facile nature and knack for coming out on top. The supporting characters, from Allison's boyfriend to the obligatory gay best friend, are fairly standard-issue, but this is a two-person psychodrama, not an ensemble picture. Bob Rafelson's Black Widow explored similar subject matter with a more brazenly lesbian undertone, but for a mainstream thriller, Single White Female is pretty darn edgy even while it remains solidly entertaining.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/24/1998
UPC:
0043396514393
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:47:00

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Scene selections; Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bridget Fonda Allison Jones
Jennifer Jason Leigh Hedra Carlson
Steven Weber Sam Rawson
Peter Friedman Graham Knox
Stephen Tobolowsky Mitchell Myerson
Frances Bay Elderly Neighbor
Jack Wilson Man in Cage
Michele Farr Myerson's Assistant
Tara Karsian Mannish Applicant
Christiana Capetillo Exotic Applicant
Jessica Lundy Talkative Applicant
Renée Estevez Perfect Applicant
Tiffany Mataras Twin
Amelia Campbell Check Cashier
Kenneth Tobey Desk Clerk
Eric Poppick Nosy Neighbor
Kim Sykes TV Reporter
Michael James Collins Cashier Manager
George Gerdes Super
Jerry Mayer News Vendor
Robert Steinberg Hedy's Date
Leslie A. Sank Woman in Club
Ron Athey Bartender
Kaaren Boothroyd Bookstore Customer

Technical Credits
Barbet Schroeder Director,Producer
Anne H. Ahrens Set Decoration/Design
Joni Avery Stunts
Jack Baran Asst. Director,Executive Producer
Fern Buchner Makeup
Milena Canonero Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer
Cosmas Demetriou Set Decoration/Design
Howard Feuer Casting
Ken Fischer Sound Editor
Don Hall Sound Editor
Sean Haworth Set Decoration/Design
Peter Hliddal Musical Direction/Supervision
Susan Hoffman Associate Producer
P. Michael Johnston Art Director
Hannah Kozak Stunts
Brian LeGrady Camera Operator
Marilyn McCoppen Sound Editor
Jimmy Medearis Stunts
Matthew Mungle Makeup Special Effects
Steve Nicolaides Producer
Lee Percy Editor
Roger Joseph Pugliese Co-producer
E. Jeane Putnam Sound Editor
Don Roos Screenwriter
Monty Rowan Camera Operator
Howard Shore Score Composer
Bob Shoup Sound Editor
Frank Stettner Sound Mixer
Eddie Surkin Special Effects
Luciano Tovoli Cinematographer
Ethan Van der Ryn Sound Editor
Lizbeth Williamson Makeup
Gwendolyn Yates-Whittle Sound Editor

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Single White Female 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
single white female is a well done thriller.Allie Jones takes in a room mate called Hedy,at first they are friends but after a while Hedy gets her hair cut like Allie and wears the same clothes as Allie.It turns out that Hedy had a twin sister who died in an accident when she was 9,so Hedy is trying to make Allie the replacement for her dead twin.
MyReviewOnBooks More than 1 year ago
This book sticks to the movie and was a great read. If you liked the movie I think you'll enjoy the book even more because it goes into greater detail. Another book I came across, inspired from this title, is Single Latina Female by D. L. Blanco. The story isn't the same but the principal is. They are both aboout a jealous and possessive friend that the other friend underestimates. I recommend both of these books.

Single White Female & Single Latina Female
Anonymous More than 1 year ago