Douglas, a record salesman, is an obsessive fan of actress Sally Ross. When his letters are rejected, he strikes out at her and her loved ones.

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Ed Bianchi (as Edward Bianchi)

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Bob Randall (novel), Priscilla Chapman | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lauren Bacall ... Sally Ross
James Garner ... Jake Berman
Maureen Stapleton ... Belle Goldman
Hector Elizondo ... Police Inspector Raphael Andrews
Michael Biehn ... Douglas Breen
Anna Maria Horsford ... Emily Stolz
Kurt Johnson ... David Branum
Feiga Martinez Feiga Martinez ... Elsa
Reed Jones Reed Jones ... Choreographer
Kaiulani Lee Kaiulani Lee ... Douglas' Sister
Charles Blackwell Charles Blackwell ... John Vetta
Dwight Schultz ... Director
Dana Delany ... Saleswoman in Record Store
Terence Marinan Terence Marinan ... Young Man in Bar
Lesley Rogers Lesley Rogers ... Heidi
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Douglas is a lonesome record salesman and a true fan of the actress Sally Ross. Every day he writes her gleaming letters of love. But the only response he gets are formal letters. So his love turns into hatred. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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This is the story of a great star and a fan who went too far. See more »

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Film debut of Dana Delany. See more »

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At the point at which Bacall's musical "Never Say Never" has its opening night, Michael Biehn's stalker character is unemployed (and possibly homeless) and thus could not possibly afford an expensive ticket for the opening night of a Broadway show. See more »

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Belle Goldman: Dear Mr. Breen. Point one: I have no intention of showing your tasteless letter to Ms. Ross. Point two: I believe there is a law against sending pornography through the mail. Point three: If you should be so ill-advised as to write her any more letters, I can assure you there will be no reply.
Douglas Breen: Now I know why I haven't heard from you. Your secretary has been intercepting my letters. Obviously she is jealous of our relationship. Her possessiveness worries me. Has it occurred to you that she might ...
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Alternate Versions

At the 57:17 mark, the spoken line in all theatrical prints and previous video versions is "Dearest Bitch, See how accessible you are? How would you liked to be fucked with a meat cleaver?" The 2002 DVD release from Paramount Home Entertainment replaces that line with "Dearest Bitch, I've exhausted myself on thinking of ways to kill you." No reasons were given for this alteration. The rest of the film, including the gore, is intact. The VHS version features the original line. See more »

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Featured in The Celluloid Closet (1995) See more »

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Do the Dog
Written by Rufus Thomas and Jerry Dammers
Performed by The Specials
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Good Premise, Bad Execution!
30 August 2009 | by cchiresSee all my reviews

The Fan begins as if it is going to be a study of an obsessed fan in contrast to the human fallibility of a celebrity, but it ends up being a routine thriller. The film gives the fan in question some background information to display his isolation and the value he gives the Lauren Becall character. Lauren Becall is also shown as having difficulty with middle age and divorce. The two character's stories are given equal time as the movie develops, but once the fan starts acting out violently, the standard thriller clichés kick in.

I get frustrated in movies where the conflict can be resolved if the characters would just act sensibly, but to string the movie along they have to be stupid. The epitome of that in this movie is in the fact that Lauren Becall's secretary - who knows that the fan is disturbed by the content of his letters - never thinks to write down the man's name in the event his obsession becomes a criminal matter.

There are some good things in the movie. Maureen Stapleton, in particular, gives an interesting performance and there is some interesting camera work in the theater rehearsals. In addition, Lauren Becall displays the qualities that have made her a Hollywood icon (even though based upon what is seen, it is doubtful that anyone would want to see this musical she is in). But the movie is brought down by a script that abandoned the character study aspects in favor of focusing on the cheap thriller qualities.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Trance See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Gross USA:

$3,082,096

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,082,096
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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