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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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$14,000,000 (estimated)

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$156,645,693 (USA)
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Apparently Adrian Lyne asked Tracey Ullman to screen test before Glenn Close won the part. See more »

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In the cafe towards the beginning of the movie, Dan's hair changes style from tidy to scruffy between shots. 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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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 »

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Referenced in Herman's Head: Fatal Distraction (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

WHEN I FALL IN LOVE
(1952)
Music by Victor Young
Lyrics by Edward Heyman
Performed by Bill Evans Trio
Courtesy of Riverside Records
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good acting, ok movie
18 February 2002 | by (Rochester,NY) – See all my reviews

When watching this movie, my biggest problem was that I couldn't really sympathize with either one of the main characters, Michael Douglas' Dan, or Glenn Close's Alex. Douglas played a married man who had a weekend-long affair with a business associate, played by Glenn Close. Dan didn't know he was getting involved with a psychopath, but he shouldn't have cheated on his wife in the first place. It's never really clear why he cheats on his wife, other than a selfish attack of lust. Alex was trying to make a point that he couldn't just use her and then go back to his family, but she knew he was married, so she should have known what she was getting into. She seemed so mature and sophisticated in the beginning, and then we never find out why she is so crazy. I lost any bit of sympathy I might have felt for her during the rabbit scene. It's one thing to harass a grown man whom you feel has wronged you, but it's entirely different to take it out on his innocent 6-year old child. The final showdown with Dan's wife in the bathroom is very predictable, right down to the screaming teakettle in the kitchen that masks the screams from upstairs. I do think the ending was a little more than Douglas' character deserved. He didn't really seem sorry for what he did; it took terrible things happening to his family to make him confess to his wife. His family was so lovable and nice, and they definitely didn't deserve to be so poorly treated. Dan was very lucky to have home and family restored to him at the end; he didn't really deserve it. All in all though, this film wasn't a bad thriller. I must admit I was a little tense trying to guess what Alex would do next. I wasn't entirely sure what she was capable of, so it added to the suspense of the film. Close's acting was good; she was a very believable psycho. There was a lot of talent in this film, and everyone turned in good performances. Although it was relatively predictable, if you allow yourself to get swept up by it, it is made exciting by Close's performance. Not a bad film, but not the best thriller ever made.


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