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Fear (1996)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  12 April 1996 (USA)
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When Nicole met David; handsome, charming, affectionate, he was everything. It seemed perfect, but soon she sees that David has a darker side. And his adoration turns to obsession, their dream into a nightmare, and her love into fear.


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On the surface, the Walkers were a picture perfect family. Steve had a great job as an architect and a beautiful house in Seattle overlooking a lake. His new wife, Laura, loved him very much. Toby, her young son, looked up to him like his own father. And Nicole, his 16-year old daughter, meant the world to him. As Steve would be the first to admit, it was almost the perfect life. Until one day when Nicole went to a party at a local rave club with her best friend Margo and met a young man named David. Written by Anonymous

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Attraction. Infatuation. Desire. Love. FEAR. See more »


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Rated R for strong graphic violence and terror, sexuality, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 April 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

No Fear  »

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$20,754,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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It is a remake of a 1993 Hindi Film Darr See more »


When Nicole & David are on the roof after the rave, we see steam come out of their mouths as they talk. But as the scene progresses, this starts & stops. See more »


[first lines]
Laura Walker: [calling upstairs to Nicole in the shower] Nicole, save some hot water for your father!
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Written by Gavin Rossdale
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Love hurts. Especially when it's Obsessive!
29 January 2009 | by (Petersburg, Virginia) – See all my reviews

Over the years I've caught bits and pieces of this film many times on cable and even premium movie channels. Just finally I decided to sit down and watch it all and I must say overall "Fear" is a pretty decent mind thriller. It's theme fits well with teenage love obsession and the stalker crisis. And the cast here is well known it features some of the early work for most of them before they would go on to TV fame(Brenneman, Milano, and Petersen) and movie stardom(Wahlberg and Witherspoon). Set in Seattle, Washington a teenage girl the innocent and pretty Nicole(in one of Reese's earliest roles)lives with her father Steve(William Petersen)and stepmother Laura(Amy Brenneman)and Nicole has a good loving family life yet her parents are to overprotective and she starts to give into the pressure of her peers especially from her best friend the free spirited and sleazy Margo(the hot Alyssa Milano). It's upon their partying and club going that Nicole meets a young and innocent and nice talking young man named David(Mark Wahlberg). Yet appearances and personalities can be deceiving as after David seduces Nicole and she loses her innocence and develops a false trust surely enough David begins a violent obsession with her. Her family sees it and warns her, eventually this leads to drama all concluding with violence and a hostage situation with Nicole's family that was brought on by David and his thug friends. Yet in the end Nicole will grow to learn love is blind as she faces her fear. Pretty decent thriller of the stalker mode with some early performances from what would later be big stars in both TV and film. So give it a watch some late night on cable or premium TV.

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