This movie was controversial upon theatrical release due to the recent number of stalkings, harassment, shootings and even assassinations of celebrities. Stars at the time who had become victims of fan obsession included Jodie Foster
, Jane Seymour
, Larry Hagman
, Persis Khambatta
, and Jacqueline Bisset
. The Pope and Ronald Reagan
had been shot at whilst Sharon Tate
, Dorothy Stratten
and John Lennon
all had been homicides. Paul Wilson wrote of The Fan
(1981) in England's 'Photoplay' magazine stating "When The Fan
(1981) was released in America there was, not unnaturally, a public outcry for it echoes the killing of John Lennon
. The [film] company put out a statement denying this, but the parallels are certainly there . . . Is there any wonder then, why there's been an outcry over The Fan
(1981)?" See more
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