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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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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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18 September 1987 (USA)  »

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Affairs of the Heart  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

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$156,645,693 (USA)
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Trivia

Producers Sherry Lansing and Stanley R. Jaffe had difficulty getting a studio to green light the film, and in finding a leading man. Michael Douglas was when writer James Dearden was expected to both write and direct. Douglas's experience with another less-experienced directed led him to ask for a different director, but Dearden was still kept on as writer--a rarity in the film business. Brian De Palma agreed to direct it, which got Paramount to green light the film, but he refused to stay on the project unless he could replace Michael Douglas. Lansing and Jaffee had a loyalty to Douglas, who was the first actor to express interest in the part, and who himself had experience as a producer. To keep Douglas on the project, they released De Palma. They had feared Paramount would the cancel the project, but instead they merely delayed the start of production which had, at the time of De Palma's departure, been 10 weeks away. See more »

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Immediately after their first date at the restaurant, where Alex tells Dan that they're "we're two adults," the scene immediately shifts to Alex's apartment where she and Dan are heavily involved. They later go dancing and when they return to her place, Dan asks, "Do you live here?" (or something similar). Why is he surprised when he just spent the night with her there? 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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Great Movie!
28 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a magnificent thriller - Douglas was great, Close was marvelous, but Ann Archer was the greatest. Great concept, excellent filming, perfectly executed acting. What more could one desire? Definite edge-of-the-seat pace - NOT a waste of time to see. I own the video, and I do not own many videos; this was the perfect see-it-over-and-over film. Even now, at age 50+, there are scenes that are the best I have ever witnessed in a movie. Douglas portrayed many men who finds his lover pregnant, though perhaps a bit more understanding in his initial attempt to support the woman. Close portrayed the unexpressed emotions of many women who have been in this situation, anger personified and vengeance motivated. The fact that her mental makeup was destroyed prior to her affair makes no difference in the expression of emotions, until, of course, she takes her emotions out on the family. Men, take notice! This could happen to you if you choose to have an affair. :)


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