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93 Ratings

Love with the Proper Stranger

Directed by Robert Mulligan
United States, 1963
Comedy, Drama, Romance


Angie Rossini, an innocent New York City sales clerk from a repressive Italian-American family, engages in a short-lived affair with a handsome jazz musician named Rocky Papasano. When Angie becomes pregnant, she tracks down Rocky, and he attempts to make her an honest woman.

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Love with the Proper Stranger Directed by Robert Mulligan

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1964 | 5 nominations including: Best Actress in a Leading Role

Mar del Plata International Film Festival

1964 | Winner: Best Actress

Writers Guild of America

1964 | Nominee: Best Written American Comedy (Screen)

Golden Globes (USA)

1964 | 2 nominations including: Best Actress - Drama

Critics reviews

Even when Mulligan was making westerns (The Stalking Moon) or horror films (The Other), he didn’t seem interested in hitting (or purposely not hitting) all the generic notes, but rather relating to the viewer a sense of moving in and through the particular space and time of his characters. In Proper Stranger’s case, it’s the romantic comedy template he’s imbuing with his brand of graceful mundaneness.
July 01, 2013
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