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The Fan (1981)

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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.

Director:

Ed Bianchi (as Edward Bianchi)

Writers:

Bob Randall (novel), Priscilla Chapman | 1 more credit »
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1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

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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Storyline

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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The final act is murder. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Reportedly, the film was originally intended as a straightforward thriller starring Elizabeth Taylor and directed by Jeff Lieberman. However, the project was delayed and both left the picture. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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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 »


Soundtracks

Hearts, Not Diamonds
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Sung by Lauren Bacall
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Fine Thriller, And Bacall Unfairly Criticized
15 September 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

I thought this film was much better than the critics made it out to be at the time. I found it to be an interesting character study of an obsessed fan, played by Michael Biehn. He was a new actor at the time and a total unknown, which helped in this role. He went to star in "The Terminator" and has had a decent career. The other co-star....well, you might have heard of her: Lauren Bacall.

I read a lot of criticism of Bacall for this role, and think it is totally unjustified. She was just fine, thank you, playing a believable character: a veteran actress being talked by some deranged killer.

With Maureen Stapleton, James Garner, Hector Elizondo, some great cinematography with wonderful close-up shots and a good score, what's not to like? It was a good thriller and deserves better ratings.


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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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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,082,096

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,082,096
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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