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The Fan (1981)

R  |   |  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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Lauren Bacall plays a star of stage and screen in this movie including Broadway musicals. Bacall herself appeared in two Broadway musicals, "Applause" in 1970 (a musical adaptation of "All About Eve") for which she won a Tony Award and "Woman of the Year" in 1981. See more »

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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 Too Close for Comfort: A Fan for Henry (1982) See more »

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HEARTS, NOT DIAMONDS
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Sung by Lauren Bacall
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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.


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