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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Todd Caldecott ...
Gerry Bean ...
Eddie Clark (as John Oliver)
David Fredericks ...
Counterman (as Ravinder Toor)


Nicole walker is the average 16 year old girl; wants to have fun, and dreams of her Prince Charming. When her and her best friend Margot appear at a party, she meets older bad boy David. Everything seems to be going so well and Nicole and David become a couple. Nicole's family like David and she decides she loves him enough to give herself to him one night after a date. However, as soon as they became official, David has become a possessive and jealous boyfriend. He even beats up one of Nicole's close male friends when he is seen giving her a hug at the end of school. After this dark event Nicole never wants to see David again but he tries his hardest to make sure Nicole will take him back. Soon enough she forgives him and things seem to be going well again until a sick situation involving Nicole's best friend Margot turns to her and David breaking up again. This time David is not taking any chances with not being with Nicole so him and his friends go into her family home and attempt ...

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Lie down with dogs, and you'll get up with fleas. Lie down with David, and you'll be lucky if you get up at all. 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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Inspired by Shah Rukh Khan starrer Darr. See more »


When the power is cut to the Walker house, we see Steve continue trying to use the cordless phone. A beeping is heard as he presses the buttons; but if the power were gone, there would be no sound. 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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References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »


Something's Always Wrong
Written and Performed by Toad the Wet Sprocket
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
Sony Tunes, Inc./Wet Sprocket Songs (ASCAP)
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Surprisingly entertaining, despite the negative reviews
17 August 2001 | by (Deloraine, Tasmania) – See all my reviews

The story behind the film "Fear" is nothing new. Obsessive love leading to dangerous fatal attraction. But I'm not ashamed to say that I really enjoyed watching this movie. To be sure, there were the typical cliches (did anyone not know that the security guard was SO dead!). However, the action in the film keeps things moving along at a steady pace, and the tension builds towards the reasonably satisfying climax. Performances by the lead characters were generally quite good. I found Mark Wahlbergs character to be quite convincing and quite menacing, though I agree he would certainly benefit from some speech coaching. The two young female leads, Reese Witherspoon and Alyssa Milano, did a good job playing the victims, and certainly add value to the film for their attractiveness alone. The standout performance for me was that of William L. Petersen as the father. Most of his actions/reactions rang true to me. Was "Fear" a great movie? Not really. Was it a good, satisfying and ultimately entertaining way to spend 97 minutes? Yes indeed. Even my wife stayed awake till the end, and that's worth an 8/10 alone.

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