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Writer (WGA):
David Koepp (written by)
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Release Date:
9 March 1990 (USA) See more »
Michael, a wimpy young executive, is about to get pulverized by a jealous boyfriend in a bar when a handsome... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rob Lowe ... Alex

James Spader ... Michael Boll

Lisa Zane ... Claire

Marcia Cross ... Ruth Fielding

Rosalyn Landor ... Britt
Tony Maggio ... Patterson
Palmer Lee Todd ... Naked Woman

Kathleen Wilhoite ... Leslie
Sunny Smith ... Waitress

Susan Lee Hoffman ... Karen, Woman in Bar

Jeff Kaake ... Willie, Man in Bar

Christian Clemenson ... Pismo Boll
Charisse Glenn ... Stylish Eurasian Woman
Jay Della ... Chez Jay Bartender
Inger Lorre ... Band Member
Alex Kirst ... Band Member

Jet Freedom ... Band Member
Cliff D. ... Band Member
Sam Merrick ... Band Member

Grand L. Bush ... Club Bartender

David Duchovny ... Club Goer with Glasses
Perri Lister ... Claire's Friend
Michael Kristick ... Bouncer
Bianca Rossini ... Bumped Woman

John de Lancie ... Howard
Warren Stanhope ... Banker
Lilyan Chauvin ... Art Gallery Patron
Eddy Armani ... Art Gallery Patron
Leslie Bernard Joseph ... Stylish Woman's Husband

Belle Avery ... Gallery Bartender

John Mahon ... Dr. Fielding
Joyce Meadows ... Mrs. Fielding
Wanda Norman ... French Woman

Said Faraj ... Clerk

John Verea ... Rito

Sachi Parker ... Michael's Neighbor

Kelly Miracco ... Receptionist (as Kelly Miller)
Christina Cocek ... Carol, Female Executive
Brendan Hughes ... Arguing Man
Tilghman Branner ... Arguing Woman
Joey Miyashima ... Man at Tar Pit

Dominique Jennings ... Woman at Tar Pit
Kellie Delkeskamp ... Club Dancer (as Kelly Delksekamp)
Sarah Elgart ... Club Dancer
Keith McDaniel ... Club Dancer
Stacy Versier ... Club Dancer
Adrienne Leigh ... Gorgeous Blonde
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Alicia Arden ... (unconfirmed)
Bob Casper ... Volleyball Player (uncredited)
Todd Simmons ... Man with Gorgeous Blonde (uncredited)

Directed by
Curtis Hanson 
Writing credits
David Koepp (written by)

Produced by
Richard Becker .... executive producer
Morrie Eisenman .... executive producer
Bernie Goldmann .... co-producer
Bonnie Koehler .... associate producer
Iya Labunka .... line producer
Steve Tisch .... producer
Original Music by
Trevor Jones 
Cinematography by
Robert Elswit 
Film Editing by
Bonnie Koehler 
Casting by
Lisa Beach 
Production Design by
Ron Foreman 
Art Direction by
Will Combs  (as Williams S. Combs)
Set Decoration by
Leslie Morales 
Costume Design by
Malissa Daniel 
Makeup Department
Haim Adut .... assistant hair stylist
Sheryl Berkoff .... key makeup artist
Sharon Ilson .... key makeup artist
Frances Mathias .... key hair stylist (as Frances Mathias)
Mimi Vodnoy .... assistant hair stylist
Shelley Woodhouse .... assistant makeup artist (as Shelly Woodhouse)
Kelcey Fry .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Avram 'Butch' Kaplan .... executive in charge of production
Iya Labunka .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tommy Burns .... second assistant director
Roee Sharon .... second second assistant director
David Womark .... first assistant director
Art Department
Michael Atwell .... construction foreman
Michael Atwell .... first carpenter
Jonathan Bobbitt .... swing gang
Peter Borck .... lead man
Dean R. Brown .... construction coordinator
Damon Cardwell .... assistant property master
Rafael Caro .... draftsman (as Rafael M. Caro)
George Hinzo .... scenic artist (as George A. Hinzo)
Jamie Rubin .... art department coordinator
Erich W. Schultz .... construction foreman
Brett C. Smith .... swing gang (as Brett Smith)
Cyd Smyllie .... property master (as Cyd Smillie)
Christina Volz .... set buyer
Sound Department
Peter Bentley .... production sound mixer
Jim Borgardt .... adr editor (as James A. Borgardt)
G.W. Brown .... dialogue editor
Stuart Copely .... dialogue editor (as Stuart Copley)
Dane A. Davis .... supervising sound editor: Danetracks
Melinda Garey .... assistant sound editor
Tom Hammond .... foley editor
Jon Hussein .... adr mixer
Jon Hussein .... foley mixer
Scott Jacobs .... boom operator
John Kwiatkowski .... sound effects editor
Mark Larry .... foley editor
Kimberly Ellen Lowe .... dialogue editor (as Kimberly Lowe Voigt)
Rebecca Nicolaou .... assistant sound editor (as Becky Nicolaou)
Steve Pederson .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard Portman .... sound re-recording mixer
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
Mark Smith .... sound re-recording mixer
Tracy Toon .... assistant sound editor
Nancy Tracy .... apprentice sound editor
Jerry Trent .... foley artist
Randy Vandegrift .... adr editor
Steve 'Woody' Wood .... adr recordist (as Stephen 'Woody' Wood)
Steve 'Woody' Wood .... foley recordist (as Stephen 'Woody' Wood)
Shane Dixon .... stunts
Carlos A. Herzer .... stunts
Carol Neilson .... stunts
Gary Price .... stunts (as Gary K. Price)
Pat Romano .... stunts (as Patrick Romano)
Jerry Spicer .... stunts
Scott Wilder .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Mitchell Amundsen .... focus puller (as C. Mitchell Amundsen)
Keith Banks .... second assistant camera (as Brian Keith Banks)
James Campana .... grip (as James T. Campana)
Jon Caradies .... dolly grip
Dante Cardone .... grip
David C. Dean .... electrician
Bob Field .... gaffer (as Robert N. Field Jr.)
Charley Gilleran .... best boy grip
Jim Grce .... gaffer
Cindy Lagerstrom .... electrician (as Cynthia K. Lagerstrom)
Brian LeGrady .... second assistant camera
David Maddux .... electrician
John R. Manocchia .... electrician (as John Manocchia)
Ezra Migel .... grip
Ivan H. Migel .... grip (as Ivan Migel)
Anthony G. Nakonechnyj .... best boy electric (as Tony 'Nako' Nakonechnyj)
Michael Paris .... still photographer
Robert A. Preston .... best boy electric (as Robert Preston)
Larry Roth .... electrician
Walter Santucci .... electrician (as Walter T. Santucci)
Stephen Sharp .... gaffer (as Stephen R. Sharp)
Lon Thompson .... grip (as Lon R. Thompson)
Steve Venetis .... best boy electric
Thaddeus Wadleigh .... key grip (as Thad Wadleigh)
Troy Webb .... grip (as Troy D. Webb)
Edward A. Gutentag .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Brian Tilden .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Robyn Ray .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sharon Garret Brooks .... wardrobe set supervisor
Deahdra Scarano .... costume supervisor (as Deahdra T. Scarano)
Andrea Strazis .... costumer
Editorial Department
Brad Arensman .... executive in charge of post-production
Albert Coleman .... first assistant editor
Axel Hubert .... assistant editor
James D. Kirkpatrick .... apprentice editor
Phillip Kos .... assistant editor (as Philip Kos)
Olof Källström .... additional assistant editor (as Olof Kallstrom)
Brian Ralph .... negative cutter
Charles Simmons .... additional assistant editor
Mike Stanwick .... color timer
King Wilder .... post-production (uncredited)
Location Management
Stuart Ganong .... location manager (as Stuart W. Ganong)
Steve Housewright .... location manager
Liz Matthews .... assistant location manager (as Elizabeth Matthews)
Music Department
Dan Carlin Sr. .... music editor
Patricia Carlin .... assistant music editor
Carol Fenelon .... music supervisor
Paul Hulme .... music mixer
Paul Hulme .... music recordist
Victoria Seale .... music coordinator: Contemporary Media Productions Ltd.
Transportation Department
Falaniko S. Loa .... transportation captain
James 'Obee' Oberman .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Billy Badalato .... production assistant (as Bill Badalato Jr.)
Russell Becker .... executive: Pro
Michele E. Carnes .... production secretary
Jim Dunlap .... assistant production accountant
David S. Eisenman .... craft service
Sarah Elgart .... choreographer
Paulette C. Fine .... production accountant
Louis G. Friedman .... production executive
Sydney Gilner .... script supervisor
Lillian Glass .... dialect coach
Barbara Harris .... loop group: The Looping Group
Lisa Kasteler .... unit publicist
Larry L. Kilburg .... security officer
Lonnie Kragel .... production assistant
Terence H. Later .... security officer
Robert Leveen .... production assistant
Jerry McNally .... production assistant
Margi Newquist .... production coordinator
Kearie Peak .... assistant: Steve Tisch
Lesa Shapiro .... extras coordinator
Phil Todd .... wind synthesist
Paul Toth .... production assistant
Anne Trop .... assistant: Curtis Hanson
Cynthia Upstill .... script supervisor
Grace H. Wang .... production assistant
Russ Westbrook .... craft service
Anthony Wooten .... production assistant
Brad Stephens .... publicist (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
99 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:R (Manitoba) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | France:Tous publics | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:16 | Norway:15 (DVD rating) | Norway:18 (original rating) | Portugal:M/12 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 (cut) | USA:R (certificate #30007) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

David Koepp wrote the screenplay on spec at a time when he didn't even have an agent.See more »
Continuity: 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 Boll:No, you're gonna die with your mouth shut.
Alex:Then do it.
Alex:You can't... 'cause I never showed you how.
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What are the differences between the British BBFC 18 DVD and the Original Version?
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19 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
"Alex" - One Of The More Evil Characters Of The '90s, 15 January 2007
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

"Bad Influeince:" Yup, that's a good title for one of the main characters in this movie: "Alex," played by Rob Lowe. His grin alone is pure evil! In fact, Lowe's character is one of the lowest I've encountered in these modern-day thrillers. This also could be called a modern "noir," because it has a lot of that genre's qualities. This also is different from the normal cops-vs.- crooks film.

As bad as "Alex" was, I couldn't root for the other main character, either: "Michael Boll" (James Spader). Spader is one of these actors that seems to play very snotty, unlikeable people. Maybe he's just good at play annoying characters.

An odd character, and one that added to this film, was the guy (Christian Clemenson) who played Spader's older, stoned-out brother "Pismo." What a loser.....but an interesting person.

I really was intrigued by this film the first time I saw it but less so in the next two viewings, finally trading this in for something else. But for one viewing, it's recommended for crime fans, or people who just plain like evil characters.

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