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The Fan (1981)

 -  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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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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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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A REMARKABLE WOMAN
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Tim Rice
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Good book; Good movie- but different
4 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie when it first came out, and again when it first hit video. Columnist Liz Smith was in the opening scene as Sally Ross leaves the theater (prodding the star with silly questions) just before Sally is victimized by strong-hand pen theft. I wonder why this part was edited out of the DVD release, and what else might have been cut from the first print. Bacall might have reconsidered her participation in this flick if she had had a crystal ball, considering the stalker aspect of the movie and the fact that she lived in the apartment building where John Lennon also lived and was murdered at the time of filming. However, it is one of her better films, and we also get a taste of her Broadway musical talents. Her songs are Camp, but not in a trashy way. They stick with you; Crapriffic lyrics not withstanding. The book was a favorite of mine when it first hit paperback, and although the story remained the same in many ways, the ending and style are quite different. Read the book and compare.


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