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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 »


Drama | Thriller

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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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The rollercoaster featured in Fear is called "The Coaster". It is one of the biggest attractions at Playland, in Vancouver, British Columbia. See more »


When Steve and Laura are talking in their bedroom, Steve stands in the doorway wearing only a towel from his shower. His chest and hair go from dry to wet and back, as they talk. 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 Straw Dogs (1971) See more »


Written by Dickey Betts
Performed by The Allman Brothers Band
Courtesy of Polydor Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Special Markets
Unichappell Music, Inc. & F.R. Betts Music Co.
All Rights Administered by Unichappell Music, Inc. (BMI)
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Above average psycho thriller
20 December 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Nice, innocent teen Nicole (Reese Witherspoon) falls for handsome, muscular, soft spoken David (Mark Wahlberg) not knowing he's a psycho who wants her--forever. Good thing she's got a nice, muscular, protective father (William Petersen).

OK, it's no masterpiece and the plot is very familiar, but I was never bored. It's well-directed (especially a roller coaster ride), has beautiful scenery and architecture (look at the house where Witherspoon lives with her family) and a script that, if not always credible, never stops moving. The last 20 minutes really rock. A little unpleasant at times though. As for the acting--Witherspoon is OK. At times, she's totally believable--other times she's not. And she's obviously over 17. Petersen is very good playing the understanding, protective dad. A nice, understated performance. Mark Wahlberg is (surprisingly) very good as the psycho. He plays the nice guy and the evil guy very effectively. REALLY nice bod too--what a chest! But he needs some serious voice lessons--his Boston accent kept creeping in. So, a pretty good thriller. You could do worse.

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