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Fatal Attraction (1987)

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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A billionaire offers $1,000,000 to a young married couple for one night with the wife.

Director: Adrian Lyne
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Happily married New York lawyer Dan Gallagher 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 <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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On the other side of drinks, dinner and a one night stand, lies a terrifying love story. See more »

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18 September 1987 (USA)  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

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$156,645,693 (USA)
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During the re-shoot of the ending, Glenn Close suffered a concussion from one of the takes when her head smashed against a mirror. After being rushed to the hospital, she discovered, much to her horror, that she was actually a few weeks pregnant with her daughter; actress Annie Starke. To this day, Close said watching the ending makes her uncomfortable because of how much she unknowingly put her unborn daughter at risk from the physically demanding shoot. See more »

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During the climax scene as Alex was talking to Beth, we see her scratch her dress with the knife she was holding and then blood starts dripping to her right foot. Alex's right foot was clean and had no mud on it. However when Dan drowns her in the bathtub, we see mud on her right foot. How did she suddenly get mud on her foot? See more »

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[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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Referenced in The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy (2000) See more »

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ITSUKI NO KOMORI-UTA
Arranged by Hideaki Shibata
Courtesy of King Record Co., Ltd.
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Why I Became A Philosopher
7 August 2015 | by (Kneeling In The Light) – See all my reviews

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I detested Flashdance, 9 and a half weeks and Jacob's Ladder was painful. It is hard to believe the same man made this very scary movie. Renowned for its pop out scares and surprises, that I will not spoil for you, suffice to say, if you are eating during the movie, have a good grip on your food. Full of Death symbolism, she: wears black constantly, lives near a slaughterhouse, everyone she knew is dead, there are allusions that she is some kind of supernatural force. Apart from this, they meet, have fun and he cannot shake her. There are hints that she did something to that older man in her past. The movie is quite linear, Alex starts as a minor annoyance in Dan's life; the degrees of crazy that she begins evincing give the movie its suspense. She turns from a jilted lover to a potential mass murdering maniac. The progression is believable and well written. It moves just like real life, yet, she will surprise you with little pop outs of just how nuts she really is. No movie is perfect, especially an Adrian Lyne movie. Fat boy and wife, Dan's friends are quite annoying and inappropriate. It kills the intensity of the movie. Pankin was a big star on an HBO comedy show at this time. His scenes have not aged well. Imagine how good this would be and how much higher the intensity without a bad stand up comic as the couple's friends.

Douglas seems to know this, given his experience. Look at the pained look on his face when Fat Boy takes over the movie with his unfunny routine. The same flaw as Flashdance with hamburger boy who also killed the intensity with bad humor. This could have been a masterpiece if the couple's friends weren't a bad comic and his wife. Yet, it will scare you: I guarantee it. The movie plays with you; the old she is gone forever and we are safe now trick. The movie was attacked in 1987 for showing a child in danger; this had already been broken the year before, in 1986, with Aliens. The movie has graphic violence and is quite intense. Close does a very believable psychotic sociopath. This is not for children. While the violence is tame, by today's standards, the intensity remains. It also has lots of nudity and wild kitchen sex which are mild by today's depravations. A monster hit in 1987, it shot Lyne to the stars, Jacob's Ladder took care of that.

The ending is one of the scariest and most controversial. Feminists may be offended by his actions. He could have shot her in the legs; the death shot was justified by the charge she made at him. It was attacked as misogynistic and gratuitous in the name of scaring the crap out of people. I never had a problem with it. She charges and gives him little choice. The stresses that infidelity puts on a marriage will evoke laughter within this Zeitgeist. Lyne spends some time showing the devastation of Beth at learning of Dan's affair and the impact on the little girl. This is now quite anachronistic; it will seem odd to today's viewer. Our culture has little or no taboo on affairs like they was in 1987. The movie is slow at the beginning but once it gets going, there is no stopping until the terrifying ending. The Only Adrian Lyne Movie Worth Owning.


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