Married to a Stranger

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Married to a Stranger
  • Romance
  • Drama
Written bySusan Black
Directed bySidney J. Furie
StarringJaclyn Smith
Robert Clohessy
Kim Coates
Music byPaul Zaza
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Albert S. Ruddy
Producer(s)Jeffrey Barmash
George Erschbamer
CinematographyDavid Geddes
Editor(s)Nick Rotundo
Running time120 minutes
Production company(s)Cinevu Films
MTM Enterprises
DistributorThe Family Channel
Original networkThe Family Channel
Original release
  • September 28, 1997 (1997-09-28)

Married to a Stranger is a 1997 American-Canadian made-for-television romantic drama film starring Jaclyn Smith, Robert Clohessy and Kim Coates. It premiered on The Family Channel on September 28, 1997. It was directed by Sidney J. Furie.


A middle-aged woman develops amnesia after a blow to the head, and can no longer remember anything that happened since age 16, including her husband and teenage daughter. Meagan has a 16-year-old daughter named Lacey, and has been married for 20 years. Her parents divorced and live in separate places. Meagan lives with her husband David, and daughter, and her mother lives with them. Seeking the help of a psychiatrist tries to discover who she was and is. Meagan had an art scholarship in Paris, France; but never attended college and eloped because she was pregnant. She remembers seeking out colleges to attend and wanted to know why she never went to college.

Meagan can not live with her father because they have the same fights they had when she was sixteen: her music is too loud, he is annoyed with her painting, etc. Meagan returns to her psychiatrist Jesse and expresses the desire to live alone, so he tells her about an apartment his friends owns. Meagan lives alone and starts to paint. Meagan takes a class for painting and she goes on a tutorial in Italy. Megan must decide to stay with a family who are strangers or to pursue her love of painting in Europe. Meagan and David go on dates to try to reunite, David is jealous over Jesse and blames him for Meagan moving out on her own. Meagan feels trapped and tells David that she must move forward in order to determine if they can resolve their lives together. David gives her the money to "Go forward" with a ticket to Italy. Meagan remembers her marriage with the picture that she painted. She talked about the wedding and how David gave her the night sky as a wedding gift, and picked roses for her to walk down the isle holding as they eloped. She went to Italy while sitting in the airport David shows up because Meagan had bought him back his car with roses on the hood. She decides to not go to Italy. Meagan and David go out and dance under the open sky, and he proposes to her. They get remarried and she asks her father to give her away. Later while speaking with her mother Meagan learns that she and David lost her son, Douglas while on the way to the hospital they had a wreck. The baby died. Everyone is at the wedding, but Meagan is missing, so David knows that she is at the graveyard looking at Douglas' grave. Meagan has fears of what other memories she may remember. David and Meagan chose the face the unknown together and they skip out on their wedding on the motorcycle and the movies ends.


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