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Fatal Attraction (1987)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  18 September 1987 (USA)
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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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Release Date:

18 September 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Affairs of the Heart  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)


$156,645,693 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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[first lines]
Beth Gallagher: [to Dan] You better get going kiddo, we're gonna be late.
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Written by Ramon Rodriguez
Performed by Santiago Ceron
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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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