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Bad Influence (1990)

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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Naked Woman
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Sunny Smith ...
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Karen, Woman in Bar
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Chez Jay Bartender
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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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9 March 1990 (USA)  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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$12,626,043
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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

Alex: Tell me what you want, Mick.
Michael: Mick?
Alex: Tell me what you want, and tell me what you're afraid of.
Michael: Me and this guy Patterson are up for the same position of senior analyst. I want that job. I want that job so bad.
Alex: Done. Now tell me what you're afraid of.
Michael: I'm afraid of getting married.
Alex: That's easy, don't.
Michael: Yeah, well, I'm engaged.
Alex: [laughs] Why?
Michael: I didn't wanna lose her. I'm terrified of getting married.
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References Strangers on a Train (1951) See more »

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N'SEL FIK
Written by C. Sahraoui, Fadela and R. Baba-Ahmed
Performed by Chaba Fadela
Produced by Rachid Baba-Ahmed/A Rashid and Fethi Production
Courtesy of Mango Records, An Island Records Company
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Awesome movie!
13 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

Rob Lowe plays the strikingly good looking GQ styled stranger who befriends an affluent wimp named Michael. He also introduces him to evil, threesomes and robbery. You never know why Rob Lowe does what he does(maybe it's sexual?) but it doesn't spell it out for you. He even tapes him while having sex so Alex clearly has a sexual power over Michael. Rob Lowe in his early movies was just a pretty boy who had cool hair but he was awesome in this movie. He taped himself having sex with minors just two years before this movie(he's facing his demons in this one). Oh well, Rob Lowe was the movie. Billy Zane's sister is ridiculously goodlooking and she has the mysterious, sexy look which makes her perfect in this. One question though, what is up with his stoner brother? The actor was pathetic and he looked like a librarian. He wasn't even necessary and his stupid scenes ate up time that we could have had more of the Rob Lowe-James Spader dynamic. That was bad casting but other than that this movie owns.


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