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Bad Influence (1990)

 -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  9 March 1990 (USA)
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Michael, a wimpy young executive, is about to get pulverized by a jealous boyfriend in a bar when a handsome, mysterious stranger steps in--and then disappears. Later that night, while ... See full summary »

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Tony Maggio ...
Patterson
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Naked Woman
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Sunny Smith ...
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Michael, a wimpy young executive, is about to get pulverized by a jealous boyfriend in a bar when a handsome, mysterious stranger steps in--and then disappears. Later that night, while jogging, Michael runs into the stranger on a pier. He introduces himself as Alex, and the two go out to an under- ground club. Within a matter of days, Alex wheedles his way into Michael's life and turns it upside down, and Michael doesn't realize that Alex is a dangerous sociopath until it's too late. Written by Denise P. Meyer <dpm1@cornell.edu>

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$12,626,043 (USA)
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Rob Lowe researched his part by watching hours of footage of serial killer Ted Bundy. See more »

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Lowe wore a glove on one hand to smear blood on the wall of Michael's apartment. In the following scene, the glove switched hands. See more »

Quotes

[Patterson realizes his section report is missing]
Patterson: Will you gentlemen excuse me for one moment? Right back.
[Leaves meeting and walks up to Michael]
Patterson: What have you done?
Michael: What do you mean?
Patterson: Oh, you know damn well what I mean. There are batting averages in my section report.
Michael: Batting averages? That seems strange. Are you sure they're not batting champions?
Patterson: I'm in a meeting, you swine, with Howard and two penchant funders. Where's my section report?
Michael: Where's my schedule 47?
Howard: [walking up from behind] ...
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OUT OF THE RAIN
Written by Tony Joe White
Performed by Etta James
Produced by Barry Beckett
Additional production: Kim Buie and Etta James
Courtesy of Island Records
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Influential drama, show Lowe's best at playing bad
16 April 2014 | by (adelaide, australia) – See all my reviews

This psychological thriller, puts a spin on it's story, compared to other thrillers around this time. Here's a new wave original, the first film I actually saw to start off 91, and I must say, I was not the least bit disappointed. Actually shown at the cinema, in it's M version, it's R version which I saw, made me glad to wait, till it hit VHS, which was primarily the reason I hired it. Wimpy yuppie Spader avoids a close shave with this big rough dude, in a bar, after discreetly trying to crack onto the girlfriend, although Spader, wasn't aware he was around. Not backing down, at the sound of a beer bottle cracking, in steps new dude, psychopathic, manipulative and charming Alex (Rob Lowe in his best role yet). He forms a friendship with Spader showing him how to live, but he doesn't know where this is leading. Michael (Spader) soon realizes Alex's fun can get out of control, costing him some embarrassment, a marriage, where he inexplicably gets involved in a robbery while intoxicated, where the final show has him been set up by Alex, for a murder, all of it Alex's spared amusement, until Spader, with help from his geeky drug addicted brother, who I liked, must outwit him and if necessary kill him. Lowe does help him though, overthrow a rival worker, who's been involved in some funny business at work, where later he's beaten up by Lowe. Now this rival buries his head, when he sees Spader in the hallway of their workplace. Violence is occasional but BI is a well steered machine, intelligently written with some smart dialogue, and Lowe's chillingly cool performance is worth the rental fee. Koepp went onto to wrote the 2002 hit, Panic Room. Marcia Cross, way before her Desperate Housewife days, is really cute as Spader's disgraced girlfriend.


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