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Fatal Attraction (1987)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  18 September 1987 (USA)
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A married man's one night stand comes back to haunt him when that lover begins to stalk him and his family.



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Happily married New York lawyer Dan Callagher has an affair with his colleague Alex, and the two enjoy a love weekend while Dan's wife and kid are away. But Alex will not let go of him, and she will stop at nothing to have him for herself. Just how far will she go to get what she wants? Written by Sami Al-Taher <>

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A look that led to an evening. A mistake he'll regret...FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE. See more »


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Release Date:

18 September 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Affairs of the Heart  »

Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)


$156,645,693 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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When Dan speaks to Beth about Ellen missing school, Beth says "She's only five years old. What's she going to miss, trigonometry?" While eating dinner at Alex's house later that same day, Dan tells Alex that he's "got a six year old girl". See more »


[first lines]
Beth Gallagher: [to Dan] You better get going kiddo, we're gonna be late.
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Barbara Harris is sometimes credited under the name Barbara Iley. In the final credits here, under 'Party Guests', she is credited under both names. See more »


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Prelude No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 28
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Made me squirm
9 September 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although I found myself checking the elapsed time during this movie to get some idea of when it would end, the final scenes made me squirm with sympathetic fright for the characters.

Roger Ebert says the filmmakers ruined a perfectly good psychological thriller by attaching a "Friday the 13th" ending. The IMDb Trivia page says the movie originally had a different ending in which Glenn Close's character commits suicide and Michael Douglas' character is arrested for her murder. Ebert and most serious film lovers would likely have preferred that ending. But making profitable movies sometimes means making them unpalatable for highbrow students of film.

Nevertheless, the "flawed" film resonated with women. I have vague memories of female friends and acquaintances in the late '80s seeing "Fatal Attraction" as an example of what SHOULD happen to any man who cheats on his wife. The movie found a place in our culture for a while, and the title was a euphemism for similar happenings in real life.

One wonders how much this movie had to do with the near universal creation of "stalker laws" in the 1990s.

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