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 <>

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15 May 1981 (USA)  »

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Trance  »

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This movie was produced by Robert Stigwood known for his musical films such as Grease (1978), Saturday Night Fever (1977) and Jesus Christ Superstar (1973). This thriller actually includes two musical dance numbers and stage musicals as story elements. See more »


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.
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Referenced in The Fan (1996) See more »


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Fine Thriller, And Bacall Unfairly Criticized
15 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thought this film was much better than the critics made it out to be at the time. I found it to be an interesting character study of an obsessed fan, played by Michael Biehn. He was a new actor at the time and a total unknown, which helped in this role. He went to star in "The Terminator" and has had a decent career. The other co-star....well, you might have heard of her: Lauren Bacall.

I read a lot of criticism of Bacall for this role, and think it is totally unjustified. She was just fine, thank you, playing a believable character: a veteran actress being talked by some deranged killer.

With Maureen Stapleton, James Garner, Hector Elizondo, some great cinematography with wonderful close-up shots and a good score, what's not to like? It was a good thriller and deserves better ratings.

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