Not sure what is the big deal is about this movie. It feels like a WWII propaganda movie than anything else. Hollywood loves its one dimensional villains like the Nazi's in the 40's, Russian communists in the 60's to 80's and most recently the middle eastern terrorists. Very few movies delve deeper than surface; And The Stranger is no different. The plot is ridiculous. No subtlety in acting and no depth in any of the characters. You can pretty much guess everything that unfolded in the first 15 minutes into the movie. Such a waist of talents like Ed Robinson and Orson Wells in this horribly written film. Although it is beautifully shot.