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.

Director:

(as Edward Bianchi)

Writers:

(novel), | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When an errant bomb unearths the coffin of a vampire during the London Blitz, a gravedigger unknowingly reanimates the monster by removing the stake from his heart

Director: Lew Landers
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Frieda Inescort, Nina Foch
Curtains (1983)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Six young actresses auditioning for a movie role at a remote mansion are targeted by a mysterious masked murderer.

Director: Richard Ciupka
Stars: John Vernon, Samantha Eggar, Linda Thorson
The Fan (1996)
Action | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An all star baseball player becomes the unhealthy focus of a down on his luck salesman.

Director: Tony Scott
Stars: Robert De Niro, Wesley Snipes, Ellen Barkin
Trance (1982)
Drama | Horror | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The hero-worship that Simone has for a pop singer is built to a crescendo until she passes out when she finally sees him up-close in a crowd of fans pushing him for autographs. She is later... See full summary »

Director: Eckhart Schmidt
Stars: Désirée Nosbusch, Bodo Steiger, Simone Brahmann
Micki + Maude (1984)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A bigamist must keep his wives from meeting each other, which becomes tricky when they're both pregnant.

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: Dudley Moore, Amy Irving, Ann Reinking
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The story of the Peoples Temple cult led by Reverend Jim Jones and the events involving its move to Guyana and its eventual mass suicide.

Director: William A. Graham
Stars: Powers Boothe, Ned Beatty, Irene Cara
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Master swindler James Reavis painstakingly spends years forging documents and land grants that will make his wife and him undisputed owners of the entire state of Arizona.

Director: Samuel Fuller
Stars: Vincent Price, Ellen Drew, Vladimir Sokoloff
Crime | Thriller | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When a Nazi saboteur jeeringly predicts to the nation new depredations, via their radio 'Voice of Terror', the Intellegence Inner Council summons Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone)to help in ... See full summary »

Director: John Rawlins
Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Evelyn Ankers
Comedy | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Harry manages The California Dolls, a female wrestling tag team endlessly touring America, and he's also romantically involved with one of them. Their fortunes seem on the slide (... See full summary »

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Peter Falk, Vicki Frederick, Laurene Landon
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Misadventures of four groups of guests at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: Jane Fonda, Alan Alda, Maggie Smith
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Divorced working woman Alex and well-to-do Jewish family doctor Daniel Hirsh share not only the same answering service but also the favours of young Bob Elkin who bed-hops between them as ... See full summary »

Director: John Schlesinger
Stars: Peter Finch, Glenda Jackson, Murray Head
I, the Jury (1982)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

An old friend of a private detective is murdered. The detective, Mike Hammer, will make every effort to find out the killer. At each step he does, there is someone taking advantage of his ... See full summary »

Director: Richard T. Heffron
Stars: Armand Assante, Barbara Carrera, Laurene Landon
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Kurt Johnson ...
Feiga Martinez ...
Reed Jones ...
Kaiulani Lee ...
Charles Blackwell ...
...
...
Terence Marinan ...
Lesley Rogers ...
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

This is the story of a great star and a fan who went too far. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 May 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Trance  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The source novel, written by Bob Randall and published in 1978, BEFORE stalking of public figures became a major problem, was his first; its form is "epistolary," consisting of various letters between many of the characters. See more »

Quotes

Sally Ross: Look, how long have we been together?
Belle Goldman: Seven years. I must be a masochist.
Sally Ross: And I'm a spoiled bitch.
Belle Goldman: One of the greatest.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Fan (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

A REMARKABLE WOMAN
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Tim Rice
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Good Premise, Bad Execution!
30 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Fan begins as if it is going to be a study of an obsessed fan in contrast to the human fallibility of a celebrity, but it ends up being a routine thriller. The film gives the fan in question some background information to display his isolation and the value he gives the Lauren Becall character. Lauren Becall is also shown as having difficulty with middle age and divorce. The two character's stories are given equal time as the movie develops, but once the fan starts acting out violently, the standard thriller clichés kick in.

I get frustrated in movies where the conflict can be resolved if the characters would just act sensibly, but to string the movie along they have to be stupid. The epitome of that in this movie is in the fact that Lauren Becall's secretary - who knows that the fan is disturbed by the content of his letters - never thinks to write down the man's name in the event his obsession becomes a criminal matter.

There are some good things in the movie. Maureen Stapleton, in particular, gives an interesting performance and there is some interesting camera work in the theater rehearsals. In addition, Lauren Becall displays the qualities that have made her a Hollywood icon (even though based upon what is seen, it is doubtful that anyone would want to see this musical she is in). But the movie is brought down by a script that abandoned the character study aspects in favor of focusing on the cheap thriller qualities.


12 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Michael Biehn as 'The Fan' Hiram_Coffey
Anybody Know Where I Can Find A Copy? Amanda_Beth
I want to see it! amandybug822
Better than you think andrewgrant72
Think of something funny Sunrise21
Wasn't 'The Fan' Scheduled to Show Again This Coming Tuesday on AMC? BigChairGirl1985
Discuss The Fan (1981) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page