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Fatal Attraction (1987)

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A married man's one-night stand comes back to haunt him when that lover begins to stalk him and his family.

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Adrian Lyne

Writers:

James Dearden (screenplay), James Dearden (short film)
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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Douglas ... Dan Gallagher
Glenn Close ... Alex Forrest
Anne Archer ... Beth Gallagher
Ellen Latzen ... Ellen Gallagher (as Ellen Hamilton Latzen)
Stuart Pankin ... Jimmy
Ellen Foley ... Hildy
Fred Gwynne ... Arthur
Meg Mundy Meg Mundy ... Joan Rogerson
Tom Brennan Tom Brennan ... Howard Rogerson
Lois Smith ... Martha
Mike Nussbaum ... Bob Drimmer
J.J. Johnston ... O'Rourke
Michael Arkin Michael Arkin ... Lieutenant
Sam Coppola ... Fuselli (as Sam J. Coppola)
Eunice Prewitt Eunice Prewitt ... Receptionist
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Storyline

Happily married New York lawyer Dan Gallagher has an affair with his colleague Alex, and the two enjoy a love weekend while Dan's wife and kid are away. But Alex will not let go of him, and she will stop at nothing to have him for herself. Just how far will she go to get what she wants? Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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On the other side of drinks, dinner and a one night stand, lies a terrifying love story. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Affairs of the Heart See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,602,740, 20 September 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$156,645,693

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$163,500,000
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Company Credits

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital (5.1 surround)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ellen's (Ellen Latzen) babysitter early in the film is played by a young Jane Krakowski. Both actresses played the children of Randy Quaid and Miriam Flynn of the Vacation film series. Jane Krakowski played cousin Vicky in the original National Lampoon's Vacation (1983). Later, Ellen Hamilton Latzen was cast as Ruby Sue in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989). This technically makes the actresses on-screen sisters. See more »

Goofs

The newspaper clipping about Stanley Forest's death was from 1959. Alex had mentioned that her dad died when she was 7 and at another point says that she is now 36 years old. Based on dates on the unused opera tickets, we see that it is 1986, putting her birth year at 1950. Thus, she would have been 9 years old in 1959, not 7 years old. Also, the clipping says that Mr. Forest was 42 when he died, but the man in the photo appears to be around 60 years old. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Beth Gallagher: [to Dan] You better get going kiddo, we're gonna be late.
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Crazy Credits

Barbara Harris is sometimes credited under the name Barbara Iley. In the final credits here, under 'Party Guests', she is credited under both names. See more »

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Soundtracks

WHEN I FALL IN LOVE
(1952)
Music by Victor Young
Lyrics by Edward Heyman
Performed by Bill Evans Trio
Courtesy of Riverside Records
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Excellent Performance by Glenn Close In A Rather Ordinary Movie
28 July 2003 | by sddavis63See all my reviews

Had it not been for the performance of Glenn Close, this movie wouldn't really be worth the effort of watching. She shines in an excellent performance as Alex Forest, the spurned lover of Dan Gallagher (Michael Douglas), whose obsession with their relationship becomes progressively more violent. Close manages to play Forest as the successful business type, the emotionally wounded woman and the deranged psychopath, and she makes every aspect of Alex believable. Michael Douglas is always competent, and is no less here than anywhere else, but his portrayal of Gallagher to me seemed a bit shallow and unconvincing.

The story itself (of the spurned woman seeking revenge) is hardly original, and even the twists and turns seem typical and predictable, and more than a few things in the story made little sense. First, given that Gallagher seemed to have a good relationship with his wife Beth (Ann Archer) and a happy family life as the father of Ellen (Ellen Hamilton Latzen) it seemed to me that he fell too quickly and too easily under the spell of Alex. Their relationship didn't come across as believable to me. Then, setting up the last confrontation of the movie, Gallagher is shown locking the doors to his house, with his body language suggesting that he had forgotten to lock them before. What? After everything he and his family have been through at Alex's hands, he didn't think to keep the doors locked at all times?! How did this guy get through law school? Finally, the ending was predictable, and for about the 914th time in the movies we see a villain who seems to be dead come back to life. There's no shock to this anymore, although I suppose when "Fatal Attraction" was actually released (in 1987) it was actually only the 674th time this had happened. In short, there really wasn't much imagination at the end.

This movie is all right as a way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon, but except for a few scenes (the thought of the boiling pot in the kitchen - and its contents - will remain in your mind after the movie's over) this is hardly edge of your seat stuff. Watch it for the excellent performance by Close, though.

6/10


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