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Stranger Ending Explained: Is Henry Teague Brought To Justice?

October 22, 2022

*WARNING: Spoilers ahead for The Stranger*

While many crime movies are heart-pounding, one-minute action romp, Netflix’s latest arrival takes things at a much more deliberate pace by weaving layers of characters into its unfolding story.

That film is The Stranger which details a carefully planned secret police operation that hopes to bring the perpetrator of a heinous crime to justice.

The stranger’s tale is one that slowly unfolds to reveal more truth, but its ending raised some questions and needs explaining.

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The Stranger release date and plot preview

After a theatrical release in Australia earlier in the month, The Stranger snuck onto Netflix on Wednesday, October 19, 2022.

Loosely based on a true story, the film follows an intense secret police operation that hopes to bring the perpetrator of a child’s disappearance and possible murder to justice.

At the heart of the story is Mark, an undercover policeman tasked with befriending and extracting a confession from Henry Teague, the suspect in James Liston’s disappearance eight years earlier.

The slowly unfolding operation begins on an overnight bus when Henry meets a man named Paul who says he can introduce Henry to a group of individuals who can clear any past criminal records.

Henry is initially hesitant when Paul is suddenly replaced by another man named Mark but agrees to continue and over several long hours in the car he and Mark begin to bond.

Joel Edgerton as Mark and Sean Harris as Henry Teague in The StrangerThe Stranger © Netflix

The Stranger’s Ending Explained

After spending a lot of time in each other’s company, Mark and Henry form an unlikely friendship as they work for an underground drug-dealing gang that promises to clear Henry’s name of any past crimes. .

Mark is constantly nervous about the situation because as he begins to befriend Henry, he knows the man is suspected of murdering a child and he can’t help but fear for his own. safety and that of his own young son.

Eventually, as part of his final initiation into the criminal gang so he can be cleared of his crimes, Henry is asked to reveal the details of his nefarious past to a high-level gang boss named John – who is, of course. , another plainclothes policeman.

Henry not only admits to having kidnapped the young boy eight years earlier, but he also confesses to murdering him soon after.

Mark and John convince Henry to take them to where he dumped the body to ensure that no trace of the crime can ever be found.

However, after Henry leads John and Mark to a wooded area where he disposes of the boy’s body, the undercover agents finally reveal their true intentions and arrest Henry for his crimes.

A thorough search of the surrounding area then takes place and amidst numerous fingertip searches, the remains of the murdered boy are discovered, giving the police the physical evidence they need to accompany Henry’s confession in order to charge him. officially.

The Stranger ends by focusing on Mark bursting into tears immediately after Henry’s arrest, overwhelmed by the stress of this undercover mission that mixes grief for the murdered child, relief after fearing for his own safety, and also sadness that a man who had grown up to be a close friend could commit such a heinous crime.

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Sean Harris as Henry Teague in The StrangerThe Stranger © Netflix

What true story is The Stranger based on?

The Stranger is loosely based on the real-life murder of 13-year-old schoolboy Daniel Morcombe, who was abducted and killed in December 2003.

After an eight-year investigation and sting operation modeled after a similar operation used in Canada, police arrested Brett Peter Cowan in August 2011, who was convicted of the 2014 murder of Daniel and sentenced to prison at life.

For the film, however, details such as character names as well as the time period of the film were changed as the Morcombe family did not approve of their son’s name being attached to the Netflix film adaptation.

Speaking in a statement quoted by News.com.au, Daniel’s father, Bruce Morcombe, said: “We absolutely said ‘no, we don’t want any part of this’. Daniel’s legacy is to educate children.

In July, Daniel’s mother, Denise Morcombe, posted the following statement on Twitter: “The film ‘The Stranger’ is not endorsed by the Morcombe family.

“Individuals who make money from a heinous crime are parasites. They are cruelly disrespectful to Daniel, the DMF (Daniel Morcombe Foundation) and the Morcombe family.

In response, Netflix said in a statement, “The Stranger is a fictionalized account of the undercover police operation that culminated in a successful murder prosecution. Out of respect for the family, the victim’s name is never mentioned in the film, and the film does not depict any details of the murder. The family is also not represented in the film.

“Instead, it tells the story of unknown police professionals who dedicated years of their lives and their mental and physical health to solving this case and others like it.

“When the film was in development, the producers approached the family to let them know about the film. They refused to be involved. It is a decision that we continue to respect.

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Joel Edgerton as Mark in The StrangerThe Stranger © Netflix | Ian Routledge

The Stranger is available to stream now on Netflix after releasing on Wednesday, October 19, 2022.

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