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'A Stranger Among Us' with Melanie Griffith could be based on true story

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Not billed as a true-story movie, "A Stranger Among Us" is a crime drama that debuted in 1992 in movie theaters, according to the New York Times. It is directed by Sidney Lumet and written by Robert J. Avrech. The cast includes: Melanie Griffith, Tracy Pollan and John Pankow.

"A Stranger Among Us" synopsis/plot

The story takes place in New York City, where Emily Eden is called to investigate the disappearance and murder of a Hasidic diamond jeweler. In order to find out who did it, Emily must go undercover in order to infiltrate the Hasidic community.

The movie was not advertised as a true-story movie, but according to Traciy Curry-Reyes, writer for the Movies Based On True Stories Archives/Database, it sounds similar to a New York murder case involving Chaskel Werzberger, 59, a Hasidic Rabbi, who was murdered in 1990. According to police, the killers intended to rob and kill another man who was a Hasidic diamond merchant, but that man was able to get away, according to the New York Times.

You can read more about the Werzberger case in the following New York Times article.


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