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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.

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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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Faye Dunaway, Mia Farrow and Anjelica Huston were originally considered for the role of Alex Forrest, but they never auditioned for the part. Barbara Hershey, Miranda Richardson and Debra Winger were the first choices to play Alex Forrest who auditioned for the part. Glenn Close was actually the fourth choice for the role of Alex Forrest. See more »

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While Dan is in his attic study listening to a tape, Beth can be seen reflected in the window, waiting just out of shot for her cue. 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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Arranged by Hideaki Shibata
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Michael Douglas's first in-trouble role.
27 April 2005 | by (Beijing China) – See all my reviews

I'm from China. My English is not very good. So the first time I comment a movie I chose a simple one. I saw "Fatal Attraction" the day before.

I have seen a few of Michael Douglas's movies. And I found he kept taking the same kind script and role for himself. He was a lawyer who had another affair with an attractive woman. By which the relationship brought him a lot of troubles.Even make his life over.

I have to say that Michael had just given his basic performance, nothing special, and nothing would light his career at that moment. Meanwhile, Glen Close did a great job in the movie. We could touch her weird feeling, and her extreme mental troubles. You might even understand what she had done to Michael's family.

This story told that sometimes an unfaithful relationship not only brought one night sexual enjoyment, but also ruined one's life.


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Is there movie of a man who stalks a woman? slesleylawson
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