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Fatal Attraction (1987)

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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.



(screenplay), (short film)
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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellen Latzen ...
Ellen Gallagher (as Ellen Hamilton Latzen)
Meg Mundy ...
Tom Brennan ...
J.J. Johnston ...
Michael Arkin ...
Fuselli (as Sam J. Coppola)
Eunice Prewitt ...


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 <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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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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Sound Mix:

| (5.1 surround)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Maurice Jarre's score doesn't kick in until almost a half-hour into the film. See more »


When Alex calls Dan in the middle of the night, from where she is we can clearly see that it is broad daylight, although it should be 2:00 in the morning and dark outside. See more »


[first lines]
Beth Gallagher: [to Dan] You better get going kiddo, we're gonna be late.
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Referenced in Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) See more »


Written by Ramon Rodriguez
Performed by Santiago Ceron
Courtesy of Sabroso Recording Company, Inc.
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a movie that betrays itself
30 June 1999 | by (victoria, canada) – See all my reviews

The movie, of course, was based on a British TV movie and was also significantly altered after test showing audiences didn't like the ending. The intent of the original TV show (which incidently has no violence and an ending that resolves nothing) was to show that both parties were at fault. Yes the male character was unlucky enough to get involved with a mentally fragile young woman but what the hell was he doing getting involved with anyone with his wife and child away for the weekend? The implication of the TV movie was that the result was going to be the breakup of his marriage.

The US movie stuck reasonably close to the TV show. When test screenings were not favorable, many scenes were recut or reshot including the ending. In doing so, it betrayed the original intent of the story. Glenn Close has commented on how disappointed she was in the changes.

The result is what was a thought-provoking look at a situation which is relevant to all of us became just another tired psycho on the loose riff. He has been bad yes but his wife forgives him and even takes up a gun to save the marriage. She, on the other hand, is a bunny-killing looney. For her, one killing isn't good enough.

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