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Fear (1996)

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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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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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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12 April 1996 (USA)  »

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No Fear  »

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$20,754,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Inspired by Shah Rukh Khan starrer Darr. See more »

Goofs

Laura's hands change positions much too fast, between peeling shrimp and resting on the counter, after Steve slams the cabinet door angrily. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Laura Walker: [calling upstairs to Nicole in the shower] Nicole, save some hot water for your father!
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References Darr (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Wild Horses
Written by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards
Performed by The Sundays
Courtesy of DGC Records
ABKCO Music, Inc. (BMI)
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Very predictable, and with an ending that would make Dustin Hoffman blush. But entertaining nonetheless
5 January 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

"Fear" is a slightly-above average thriller at best, boasting fine performances from Mark Wahlberg, Reese Witherspoon and William Petersen. Nicole Walker is sixteen years-old and living with her businessman father and step-mother and brother in a luxurious, well fortified and secure pad. When reluctantly skipping school one day with her rebellious friends, she spots the hunk David McCall (Mark Wahlberg)

  • wearing a tight black sweater to accentuate them pecs, of course,


playing pool with his misfit, drug-addled pals. She later meets him at a rave, and before long, they are dating. David is perfect, it seems. He's strong, caring, sweet and gentle, and Nicole falls in love with him. But it isn't long before David's true colours start to show. And when she ends it with him, he begins to stalk her before eventually, he gets nasty...

"Fear" runs smoothly at a nice pace over a very agreeable run-time. Mark Wahlberg is superb as a psychopath, while Reese Witherspoon is believable as a naive and innocent sixteen year-old girl (Considering she was 20 at the time). William Petersen, best known for his career with "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation", is commendable as he gives Dustin Hoffman's heroics in "Straw Dogs" a run for it's money at the end. Overall, this is a decent thriller, albeit nothing special really. It's pretty tense in parts, but Wahlberg's performance was really key to this films success.


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