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Fear (1996)

 -  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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The sixteen year-old teenager Nicole Walker has moved to the house by the lake of her father, the architect Steve Walker, to live with her stepmother Laura and her brother Toby. Her best friends are Margo Masse and Gary Rohmer that study with her in the high school. When Nicole meets David McCall in a night-club, she has a crush on and dates him. David becomes obsessed by Nicole and one day he sees her friend Gary kissing and hugging her and he hits him. Nicole breaks with him but David continues to follow her. Steve decides to investigate the young man and he finds that he is an orphan that has spent most of his life in reformatories. The hell breaks loose in Nicole's life when David kills Gary and trashes the Mustang of her father. Steve breaks in his house and destroys everything inside. Now David and his gang go to Steve's house to payback. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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In a 1993 draft of the screenplay, titled NO FEAR, Nicole's mother was seen in flashbacks. Her name was given as "Melissa Nichols" (thus explaining the origin of Nicole's first name). See more »

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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 »

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Not just a simple case of harassment
13 January 2009 | by (brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

**SPOILERS** Your usual psycho movie with a bit of a twist, like snapping one's neck, that has to do with this loved crazed teenager David McCall, Mark Wahlberg, who just can't let go of the object of his obsession pretty blond high school student Nicole Walker, Reese Witherspoon, whom he want's to be his "woman" even if it kills her!

Meeting David through a mutual friend Margo Masse, Alyssa Milano, Nicole is completely captivated by the handsome and muscular young man's shyness and sincerity towards her. As we, and Nicole, soon find out David has a past that he wants people, especially Nicoles parents, not to not know anything about.

Orphaned early in life David became an incorrigible youth that lead him from one broken home, in trying to get him adopted, to another. Now in his teens David has drifted into Seattle and started this gang of both drug dealing and drug partying thugs that Margo, Nicole' best friend, got involved with. David's true personality comes to the surface when he catches Nicole with her friend Gary, Todd Caldecott, outside of school kissing and almost beats the young man into a coma! Why this dangerous lunatic wasn't arrested and put away, with the criminal record he already had, shows how slow and ineffective the justice system really is.

Worming his way into both Nicole's heart and home David starts to get to work on both her parents Steve and Laura Walker, William Petersen & Amy Brenneman, with his charm and and boyish innocence. It's Nicole's dad Steve who at first sees what a lowlife and dangerous rat, in his little boy lost and without love routine, David is and this results in him being the major target, when he goes wacko, of David's mindless violence. When Nicole goes to pay David a surprise visit she sees just exactly what he's really all about. Peeking inside David's pad, a drug den, Nicoel's sees David and his gang partying and shooting up with her friend, who looks like she's totally wiped out, Margo as the star attraction!

It's when Steve after taking all the cr*p that David could dish out, on him and his family, goes to his gang's clubhouse drug den and sees among other outrages that he secretly, after having sex with her, stole his daughter's panties-to prove that he did it- that he finally loses his cool! Going berserk Steve wrecks the place together with all the drugs and drug paraphernalia thats there! It's after that when things, if they weren't already, really start to get out of hand in the movie. A mad as hell David, now seeking bloody revenge, and his gang get so carried away in their actions against the Walkers that they not only break into their well fortified home and but even go so far as to murder, if that's the word for it, the family pet and guard dog Kaiser by decapitating him!

The final few minutes in the movie-with his gang members by then either killed or put to flight- has the by now totally deranged David go after, after almost beating him to death, Steve as his "love" Nicoel stands helplessly by in not being able to do anything to save of father from getting is brains blown out! It's that fear on Nicoel's part that has her do what she should have done much earlier in the movie! Stick it to her deranged psycho lover and stick it where it hurts most!


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