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The Fan (1981)

 -  Drama | Horror | Thriller  -  15 May 1981 (USA)
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A record salesman is an obsessed fan of an actress of stage and screen (Lauren Bacall). However when his letters are rejected, the fan strikes out at the actresses friends, then at her.

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Douglas is a lonesome record salesman and a true fan of the actress Sally Ross. Every day he writes her gleaming letters of love. But the only response he gets are formal letters. So his love turns into hatred. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Maureen Stapleton plays a supporting role, as Lauren Bacall's secretary in this movie. Stapleton won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for another film released in the same 1981 year as this film, for Reds (1981). Bacall, this movie's star actress, would not receive an Academy Award until 2009 (twenty-eight years later) when she was awarded an Honorary Oscar statuette by the Academy. See more »

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Jake: Oh come on babe, whats the matter?
Sally Ross: What's the matter? I've got a show to do in five days, the lighting man appears to be learning on the set, my secertary has been attacked, David is dead, and oh yes their is some fruit cake out there who want's to kill me. Now to satisfy you more will you please get the hell out of here!
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Referenced in The Fan (1996) See more »

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DO THE DOG
Written by Rufus Thomas and Jerry Dammers
Performed by The Specials
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Not great, but also not a bomb
7 October 2010 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

"The Fan" might have been more shocking when it first came out in 1981, because stalking people (famous or not) wasn't as publicized as it is today. But thanks to the news talking about it, as well as TV dramas using it as subject matter, the movie will feel very familiar to people. It certainly could have been better made. Among other problems, we don't really get to know much about the stalker character, James Garner's character could easily be eliminated without having to alter the rest of the script, and the climax is without question lacking punch. Still, the movie is never boring (though some viewers may feel the story is unfolding slowly), and all of the actors from the leads to the supporting roles are solid in their performances. I guess if you really want to see this subject matter again, the movie will give you what you want, but even then you'll see that it could have been done a lot better.


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