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Director:
Writers (WGA):
James Dearden (screenplay)
James Dearden (short film)
Contact:
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Release Date:
18 September 1987 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
On the other side of drinks, dinner and a one night stand, lies a terrifying love story. See more »
Plot:
A married man's one night stand comes back to haunt him when that lover begins to stalk him and his family. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 16 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
good acting, ok movie See more (188 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Douglas ... Dan Gallagher

Glenn Close ... Alex Forrest

Anne Archer ... Beth Gallagher
Ellen Hamilton Latzen ... Ellen Gallagher

Stuart Pankin ... Jimmy

Ellen Foley ... Hildy

Fred Gwynne ... Arthur
Meg Mundy ... Joan Rogerson
Tom Brennan ... Howard Rogerson

Lois Smith ... Martha

Mike Nussbaum ... Bob Drimmer
J.J. Johnston ... O'Rourke
Michael Arkin ... Lieutenant

Sam Coppola ... Fuselli (as Sam J. Coppola)
Eunice Prewitt ... Receptionist

Jane Krakowski ... Babysitter
Justine Johnston ... Real Estate Agent

Mary Joy ... Teacher
Christine Farrell ... Teacher
Marc McQue ... Chuck

James Eckhouse ... Man in Japanese Restaurant
Faith Geer ... Nurse

Carol Schneider ... Waitress
David Bates ... Executive

Anna Levine ... Secretary
Alicia Perusse ... Ellen's Friend

Christopher Rubin ... Lawyer
Thomas Saccio ... Bartender
Greg Scott ... Bar Patron
Chris Manor ... Doorman

Jonathan Brandis ... Party Guest
Joe Chapman ... Party Guest
Judi M. Durand ... Party Guest
Lillian Garrett ... Party Guest

J.D. Hall ... Party Guest
Barbara Harris ... Party Guest
Angelo Bruno Krakoff ... Party Guest
Carlo Steven Krakoff ... Party Guest
Amy Lyne ... Party Guest
David McCharen ... Party Guest
Larry Moss ... Party Guest
Mio Polo ... Party Guest
Jan Rabson ... Party Guest
Marilyn Schreffler ... Party Guest

Vladimir Skomarovsky ... Party Guest
Dennis Tufano ... Party Guest

Lynnanne Zager ... Party Guest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James 'Packy' Dolan ... Mover (uncredited)
Reese Golchin ... Bowler (uncredited)

Directed by
Adrian Lyne 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
James Dearden (screenplay)

James Dearden (short film)

Produced by
Stanley R. Jaffe .... producer
Sherry Lansing .... producer
 
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
 
Cinematography by
Howard Atherton (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Peter E. Berger (edited by)
Michael Kahn 
 
Casting by
Risa Bramon Garcia  (as Risa Bramon)
Billy Hopkins 
 
Production Design by
Mel Bourne 
 
Art Direction by
Jack Blackman 
 
Set Decoration by
George DeTitta Sr.  (as George DeTitta)
 
Costume Design by
Ellen Mirojnick (costumes designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Richard Dean .... makeup artist
Lyndell Quiyou .... hair stylist
Doug Drexler .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Michael R. Thomas .... slashed wrist effect makeup (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Christopher Cronyn .... unit production manager
Robert E. Warner .... unit production manager: re-shoot (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert V. Girolami .... first assistant director (as Robert Girolami)
Martha L. Mericka .... dga trainee (as Marty Mericka)
Jane Paul .... second assistant director
Chris Stoia .... second second assistant director (as Christopher Stoia)
David R. Ellis .... second unit director (uncredited)
Craig Haagensen .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Gerald DeTitta .... set dresser (as Gerry DeTitta)
Ed Ferraro .... shop craftsman (as Eddie Ferraro)
George Gartland .... construction grip
Philip Saccio Jr. .... property person (as Phillip Saccio)
Thomas Saccio .... property master (as Tom Saccio)
Sylvia Trapanese .... art department coordinator
Michael Zansky .... chargeman scenic artist
Jerry Adams .... property manager (uncredited)
Philip Saccio .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Ginny Walsh .... property fabricator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Dee Dee Goldner .... assistant sound editor
Robert G. Henderson .... supervising sound editor (as Robert Henderson)
Ellen Heuer .... foley: TAJ Soundworks
David M. Horton .... sound editor (as David Horton)
David J. Hudson .... re-recording mixer
Vito L. Ilardi .... sound recordist (as Vito Ilardi)
Nicholas Vincent Korda .... sound editor (as Nicholas Korda)
Bruce Lacey .... sound editor
Les Lazarowitz .... sound mixer
Mel Metcalfe .... re-recording mixer
Linda Murphy .... boom operator
Alan Robert Murray .... supervising sound editor
Greg Orloff .... foley: Taj Soundworks
Terry Porter .... re-recording mixer
John Roesch .... foley: TAJ Soundworks
Brooke Henderson Ward .... assistant sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Clive R. Kay .... special effects contact lenses (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Janet Brady .... stunts
Steve M. Davison .... stunts
Annie Ellis .... stunts
David R. Ellis .... stunt coordinator
David R. Ellis .... stunts (as David Ellis)
Freddie Hice .... stunts
Laurie Shepard .... stunts
Tracy Keehn-Dashnaw .... stunt double: Ann Archer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James 'Packy' Dolan .... chief lighting technician
James P. Dolan .... assistant chief lighting technician (as J.P. Dolan)
James Finnerty .... first company grip (as Jim Finnerty)
John Finnerty .... second company grip
Bill Gerardo .... second assistant photographer
Vinnie Gerardo .... first assistant photographer
Craig Haagensen .... camera operator
Andrew D. Schwartz .... still photographer
Robert M. Volpe .... dolly grip (as Bob Volte)
John Corso .... cinematographer: Steadicam (uncredited)
Chris Hayes .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Tom Krueger .... focus puller (uncredited)
Michael Stone .... camera operator: new end sequence (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Paul Adler .... casting assistant
Heidi Levitt .... casting assistant
Riccardo Bertoni .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
William A. Campbell .... costumer: men's (as William Campbell)
Danajean Cicerchi .... costumer: women's
 
Editorial Department
Thomas R. Bryant .... assistant editor (as Tom Bryant)
Jack Garsha .... color timer
Martha Huntley .... assistant editor: New York
Richard J. Rossi .... assistant editor: New York (as Richard Rossi)
Diane Asnes Ruggeri .... assistant editor: New York
George C. Villaseñor .... assistant editor
Michael Carlin .... editing room assistant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Dan Carlin Sr. .... music editor
Maurice Jarre .... orchestrator
Joel Moss .... music scoring mixer
Bob Bornstein .... music preparation (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Tom O'Donnell .... teamster captain
 
Other crew
Marion Billings .... publicist
Dane Chapin .... production assistant
Dan Curry .... title design
Lenard Dorfman .... location assistant
Ken Haber .... location manager (as Kenneth Haber)
Andrea Jaffe .... publicist
Mitchell Kapner .... production assistant
Janice Leibowitz .... production assistant
Charles M. Lum .... assistant location manager (as Charles Lum)
Sancha Mandy .... production assistant
Carol Mann .... assistant to the producers
Cheryl Ann Mironczuk .... assistant production office coordinator (as Cheryl Mironczuk)
Eric Myers .... unit publicist
Jonathan Nossiter .... assistant to Adrian Lyne
Trisha O'Brien .... assistant to the producers
Kay Rouse .... production assistant
Judy L. Ruskin .... assistant to Ellen Mirojnick (as Judy Ruskin Wong)
Pia Salk .... production assistant
Frank Serrano .... production assistant
Juliette Steyning-Brown .... production office coordinator
Renata Stoia .... script supervisor
Susan Towner .... assistant production auditor
Jane Tsighis .... production auditor
Barbara Zentar .... assistant to the producers
Doug Zimmerman .... production assistant
George Coutoupis .... photo double: Michael Douglas (uncredited)
Tim Tyler .... location assistant (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
119 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby | Dolby Digital (5.1 surround)
Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Brazil:18 | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | Malaysia:(Banned) | Netherlands:16 | Norway:15 | Peru:18 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:15 (re-rating) (2013) | UK:15 (theatrical re-release) (re-rating) (2013) | USA:R | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Fred Gwynne had a bigger part which was cut.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Alex is following Dan home, she is in the car directly behind him. This is shot in parallel editing, so when we see his face in the reaction shot, her car should be directly behind him. It isn't. Where was she?See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Beth Gallagher:[to Dan] You better get going kiddo, we're gonna be late.
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18 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
good acting, ok movie, 18 February 2002
Author: JuniorMint from Rochester, NY

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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