A beautiful young computer technician starting off her career in Silicon Valley during the Eighties, is stalked and harassed by a nerdy, dangerous and mentally-unstable colleague with a twisted obsession.
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Deborah Kara Unger,
Laura Black has got it. She has got her master's in computer science and she has got that great job in Silicon Valley. Time to say 'bye bye' to mom and dad and to leave Virginia. Everything seems to be fine with one exception. That guy Richard Farley at her new job. If he would stop his attempts to date her. For weeks his psycho terror has been going on now. Laura decides not to let him win. She does not want to be his 'victim'. May be an official complaint about Farley would solve her problem? Written by
In the scene when Richard gives the blueberry bread to Laura that he made himself it was indeed a surprise. This immediately followed Laura unlocking her office door and she found Richard in there waiting with his bread for her at 7 o'clock in the morning! He persuaded Laura to accept it and promptly left. See more »
When Richard exits the motor home and is about to enter the office building to go on his rampage, at least three crew members are reflected on the back of the car in the foreground. See more »
[Chris and Laura are running tests when Chris glances up for a second and sees security guards escorting Farley down the hall]
[Chris gestures towards Farley with his head. Laura looks up to see Farley being escorted off the property. As he walks past, Penny comes into the office]
Richard Farley has been terminated by the company, effective today.
When did this happen?
Late last night.
Laura, do you have a place to go for the weekend?
What do you mean?
Why don' you go ...
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This type of film could seem over-the-top, but thanks to a believable performance by Richard Thomas, and a surprisingly decent performance by Brooke Shields, the viewer is interested in the story, and not distracted by personalities.
You will see some interesting information regarding stalking, as well. For example, when Thomas speaks to Penny (human resources) who divulges Laura's personal information (including her birthday, residence and family information). This film was made in 1993, and I was surprised that the company was not held liable for Laura's problems with this man.
As this is based on a true story, we see Richard Thomas gradually unraveling as he stalks Laura (Shields), he seems initially harmless, then obsessed. The breaking point occurs when he is fired. He has, he says to his friends, nothing to lose, and starts asking if the office is protected with bullet-proof glass. His co-workers laugh, thinking this is a joke.
This is an interesting and true story, which is well-presented. 9/10
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