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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ruth Fielding
Tony Maggio ...
Palmer Lee Todd ...
Naked Woman
Sunny Smith ...
Karen, Woman in Bar
Charisse Glenn ...
Stylish Eurasian Woman
Jay Della ...
Chez Jay Bartender
Inger Lorre ...
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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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Release Date:

9 March 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cattive compagnie  »


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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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In chapter seventeen of Rob Lowe's autobiography "Stories I Only Tell My Friends", he describes being at rehearsals in a church off Highland Avenue when he is asked to approve his make-up artist, Sheryl Berkoff. He recognises her because, years before, they'd been on a blind date together. He describes her as 'an artist of the face' who 'knows her shit cold'. In July of 1991, he married her. He also suggests that Bad Influence was originally submitted as a writing sample to producer Steve Tisch ("the only man with both an Oscar and a Superbowl trophy"). Lowe had originally wanted to play the role of Michael, "the average Joe", but was taken to lunch by David Koepp, and talked into taking the role of Alex. He describes Tom Brokaw leading the evening news with the Rob Lowe sex tapes, and following that item with news about Tiananmen square. See more »


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 »


Michael: Hey! You're the guy from the bar, right? The guy with the bottle. Why'd you leave so fast?
Alex: I didn't wanna stick around for thank yous.
Michael: Well, thank you anyway. Do you live around here?
Alex: [smirks] No.
Michael: Oh... well thank you, anyway.
[turns to leave]
Alex: Why didn't you back down?
Michael: Huh?
Alex: That guy told you to take a hike. Why didn't you?
Michael: I don't know.
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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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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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