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The Fan -- 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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15 May 1981 (USA) See more »
The final act is murder. See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Lauren Bacall Passes Away at Age 89
 (From MovieWeb. 12 August 2014, 7:31 PM, PDT)

R.I.P. Lauren Bacall
 (From Dark Horizons. 12 August 2014, 6:27 PM, PDT)

Lauren Bacall, Star of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Dies at 89
 (From Variety - Film News. 12 August 2014, 4:57 PM, PDT)

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Good book; Good movie- but different See more (36 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lauren Bacall ... Sally Ross

James Garner ... Jake Berman

Maureen Stapleton ... Belle Goldman

Hector Elizondo ... Police Inspector Raphael Andrews

Michael Biehn ... Douglas Breen

Anna Maria Horsford ... Emily Stolz
Kurt Johnson ... David Branum
Feiga Martinez ... Elsa
Reed Jones ... Choreographer
Kaiulani Lee ... Douglas' Sister
Charles Blackwell ... John Vetta

Dwight Schultz ... Director

Dana Delany ... Saleswoman in Record Store
Terence Marinan ... Young Man in Bar
Lesley Rogers ... Heidi
Parker McCormick ... Hilda
Robert Weil ... Pop
Ed Crowley ... Caretaker

Gail Benedict ... Assistant Choreographer
D. David Lewis ... Pianist

Griffin Dunne ... Production Assistant
Themi Sapountzakis ... Markham
Jean De Baer ... Stage Manager

Liz Smith ... Herself
Haru Aki ... Dancer
Robin Albert ... Dancer
Rene Ceballos ... Dancer
Clif De Raita ... Dancer
Edyie Fleming ... Dancer
Linda Haberman ... Dancer
Sergio López-Cal ... Dancer
Jamie Patterson ... Dancer

Justin Ross ... Dancer
Stephanie Williams ... Dancer
Jim Wolfe ... Dancer
Thomas Saccio ... Prop Man
Victoria Vanderkloot ... Pen Thief
James Ogden ... Drummer
Terri DuHaime ... Nurse
Donna Mitchell ... Party Hostess
Hector Osorio ... Donut Vendor

Lionel Pina ... Record Shop Customer
Miriam Phillips ... Woman on Steps
Jack R. Marks ... Doorman
George Peters ... Doorman
Esther Benson ... Fan
Eric Van Valkenburg ... Fan

Ann Pearl Gary ... Fan
Madeline Moroff ... Fan
Leo Schaff ... Fan
James Bryson ... Stagehand
J. Nesbit Clark ... Stagehand
Tim Elliott ... Stagehand
Paul Hummel ... Stagehand
Jacob Laufer ... Stagehand
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kenneth Boys ... Autograph seeker (uncredited)
Elizabeth Young ... Fan (uncredited)

Directed by
Ed Bianchi  (as Edward Bianchi)
Writing credits
Bob Randall (novel)

Priscilla Chapman  and
John Hartwell 

Produced by
Kevin McCormick .... executive producer
John Nicolella .... associate producer
Bill Oakes .... associate producer
Robert Stigwood .... producer
Original Music by
Pino Donaggio 
Cinematography by
Dick Bush 
Film Editing by
Alan Heim 
Casting by
Alixe Gordin 
Production Design by
Santo Loquasto 
Art Direction by
Paul Eads 
Set Decoration by
Leslie Bloom 
Costume Design by
Jeffrey Kurland 
Makeup Department
Joe Cuervo .... makeup artist (as Joseph Cuervo)
Werner Sherer .... additional hair stylist
Dick Smith .... special makeup effects
Margaret Sunshine .... makeup artist
Production Management
Joan Bradshaw .... production manager
Marc G. Greenberg .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Eustace .... second assistant director
Herb Gains .... assistant director
Lewis Gould .... second second assistant director
Mark McGann .... dga trainee
Duncan Scott .... second assistant director
Art Department
Gerard J. Furey .... carpenter
Carl Landi .... stand-by carpenter
Philip Saccio .... assistant property master
Thomas Saccio .... property master
Cosmo Sorice .... scenic artist
James Sorice .... master scenic artist
Edward Swanson .... head carpenter
Jeffrey Townsend .... production design assistant
Sound Department
Arthur Bloom .... sound recordist
Dennis Maitland II .... boom operator
Christopher Newman .... production sound mixer
Sanford Rackow .... supervising sound editor
Dick Vorisek .... sound re-recording supervisor
Jim Lovelett .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Maurice Brown .... assistant camera
Robert Connors .... best boy (as Bobby Conners)
Adger W. Cowans .... still photographer
James Finnerty .... key grip
Maureen Lambray .... special still photographer
Bruce MacCallum .... second assistant camera
Leon Perera .... collaborating director of photography
Richard Quinlan .... gaffer
Herb Wagreich .... camera operator
Dick Williams .... camera trainee
Casting Department
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lee Austin .... wardrobe supervisor
Jeffrey Kurland .... associate costume designer
Rose Trimarco .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Trudy Ship .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Natale Massara .... conductor
Dan Pinsky .... music editor
Louis St. Louis .... additional show songs
Pam Wise .... music coordinator
John Moses .... musician: clarinetist (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Michael Hourihan .... transportation captain
Bobby Marsh .... driver
Other crew
B.J. Bjorkman .... script supervisor
Tommy Burns .... production assistant
Mark Indig .... location manager
Dan Perri .... titles: designer/director
Arlene Phillips .... choreographer
Alice Spivak .... creative consultant
Ron Stigwood .... location coordinator
Jeanne Theis .... production executive
Anne Thompson .... unit publicist

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95 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1981) | Iceland:16 | Norway:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:16

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According to "Terrortrap", this movie has been derided by its own star Lauren Bacall.See more »
Belle Goldman:Dear Mr. Breen. Point one: I have no intention of showing your tasteless letter to Ms. Ross. Point two: I believe there is a law against sending pornography through the mail. Point three: If you should be so ill-advised as to write her any more letters, I can assure you there will be no reply.
Douglas Breen:Now I know why I haven't heard from you. Your secretary has been intercepting my letters. Obviously she is jealous of our relationship. Her possessiveness worries me. Has it occurred to you that she might have lesbian tendencies? I think you should get rid of her. I will put all of this in a letter and deliver it to you directly. I won't use my last name or return address. You know where to write me.
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Good book; Good movie- but different, 4 May 2008
Author: patr35

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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