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The Fan (1981)

Douglas, a record salesman, is an obsessive fan of actress Sally Ross. When his letters are rejected, he strikes out at her and her loved ones.

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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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Lead actress Lauren Bacall said of this film to 'People' magazine upon its theatrical release: "The Fan (1981) is much more graphic and violent than when I read the script. The movie I wanted to make had more to do with what happens to the life of the woman - and less blood and gore." See more »

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Douglas Breen: Dear bitch, see how accessible you are? How would you liked to be fucked with a meat cleaver?
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Featured in The Celluloid Closet (1995) See more »

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A REMARKABLE WOMAN
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Tim Rice
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Sincerely Yours, Stan
18 July 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Psychotic loser (Michael Biehn) is obsessed with aging stage actress (Lauren Bacall). His obsession turns deadly when he feels rejected by her. Admittedly this isn't a great movie and most of its value comes from unintended comedy. But that's something at least. This was Lauren Bacall's last starring role in a major film. She looks good for her age. She is often cited as one of the movie's flaws, with her critics saying her acting style is outdated and not in sync with her co-stars. While I can see where they're getting that, I think it's an overstated criticism. She's not Norma Desmond, for crying out loud.

The movie is essentially just a minor slasher flick with pretensions of being a more respectable thriller. Michael Biehn's stalker character is less scary than comedic. One can't help but laugh at some of the cringeworthy lines Biehn is given in this film ("We will be lovers very soon, my darling. And believe me, I have all the necessary equipment to make you very very happy."). And those musical numbers! Oh brother what were they thinking? It's pretty ridiculous trash but enjoyable on some level. Notable for perhaps being the only movie in which Lauren Bacall makes a booty call (to James Garner, no less).


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