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The Fan (1981)

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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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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The movie was Razzie Nominated in 1982 for one Golden Raspberry Award - for Worst Original Song for the song "Hearts, Not Diamonds" for Marvin Hamlisch (music) and Tim Rice (lyrics) - but lost out on the Razzie to the song "Baby Talk" from the Burt Reynolds starring picture Paternity (1981) - with the music for the winner composed by David Shire and the lyrics written by David Frishberg. See more »

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Jake: Oh come on, babe, what's the matter?
Sally Ross: What's the matter? I've got a show to do in five days, the lighting man appears to be learning on the set, my secretary has been attacked, David is dead, and oh yes, there is some fruit cake out there who wants to kill me. Now to satisfy you more, will you please get the hell out of here!
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Referenced in Too Close for Comfort: A Fan for Henry (1982) See more »

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IT'S TOO FUNKY IN HERE
Written by George Jackson, Walter Shaw, Brad Shapiro and Robert Miller
Performed by James Brown
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Bacall is dreadful, but the Halston clothes are gorgeous
31 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

When I first saw *The Fan* in 1981, I thought it was a stylish, gripping thriller. Upon viewing it almost 25 years later, I remain correct – in 1981 it *was* a stylish, gripping thriller, but not any more. It contains several of those "Who would pay money to see that?" performances-within-performances that we have written about before. This time, the perpetrator is Lauren Bacall, playing a Broadway actress (naturally) who talks/sings her way through a few self-important numbers about what it's like to be a famous star. The numbers are simply awful and for people who already have a bad attitude about Broadway, this is the kind of routine that gives them plenty of ammunition for hating it. The best things about Bacall's performance are her Halston clothes. Riding high from his days as the conquering hero of the Seventies, Halston was going through major personal and business problems at this time, but the clothes produced at that time are nothing short of magnificent American classics. In addition to the traditional Halston looks of cashmere twinsets paired with straight-legged slacks with gorgeous trenchcoats draped over the shoulders, Bacall wears a few of Halston's most spectacular creations. Though much of the most interesting details are lost on the screen, Bacall wears Halston's "spiral-cut" caftans created from a single piece of fabric with a single seam that winds around the body. The way they drape and mold to the body is a testament to Halston's incredible creative abilities. The clothes, as beautiful relics of that era, are the best thing about this movie.


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