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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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Second of three cinema movies that actor James Garner and actress Lauren Bacall both worked on. The films include HealtH (1980), The Fan (1981) and My Fellow Americans (1996), one in each decade of the 1970s [Health shot in 1979], 1980s and 1990s. 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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DO THE DOG
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Fan mail of a deadly nature.
1 October 2005 | by (Brentwood, USA) – See all my reviews

Pretty good, character-driven thriller based upon the novel by Bob Randall.

Aging star of film and stage becomes the unhealthy obsession of a young fan, whose love for her will soon turn sinister!

Solidly made tale of deadly obsession is a steady paced but ultimately intense thriller. It all builds to a great climax. The cast is the true highlight of this film though. Lauren Bacall is as great an actress as ever here in a role where she actually does play an actress. James Garner adds his talents has Bacall's ex-husband and Maureen Stapleton as Bacall's assistant. The most enjoyable performance however is that of a young Michael Biehen, who is not only a talented actor but probably the best-looking psycho to ever grace a movie screen. Pino Donaggio lends a bold musical score, while Bacall sings a few musical numbers.

The Fan has more class and depth than an ordinary slasher film, which this film really should not be labeled as. The Fan is actually a well-crafted thriller with a great cast to boot. Genre fans should enjoy it.

*** out of ****


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