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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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Ellen Latzen ...
Ellen Gallagher (as Ellen Hamilton Latzen)
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Arthur
Meg Mundy ...
Joan Rogerson
Tom Brennan ...
Howard Rogerson
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Martha
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Bob Drimmer
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O'Rourke
Michael Arkin ...
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Fuselli (as Sam J. Coppola)
Eunice Prewitt ...
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Affairs of the Heart  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,602,740, 20 September 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$156,645,693

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$163,500,000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The bathtub drowning scene at the ending was heavily influenced by Henry Clouseau's film noir masterpiece Diabolique (1955), which also had a famous bathtub drowning murder scene, which in turn influenced the shower scene in Psycho as well. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Megan Mullally/Clay Aiken (2004) See more »

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Prelude No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 28
(uncredited)
Written by Frédéric Chopin
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Great Movie!
28 February 2006 | by 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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