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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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Ellen Latzen ...
Ellen Gallagher (as Ellen Hamilton Latzen)
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Arthur
Meg Mundy ...
Joan Rogerson
Tom Brennan ...
Howard Rogerson
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Martha
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Bob Drimmer
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O'Rourke
Michael Arkin ...
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Fuselli (as Sam J. Coppola)
Eunice Prewitt ...
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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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A look that led to an evening. A mistake he'll regret...FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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18 September 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Affairs of the Heart  »

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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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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

To get the desired reaction shot from Ellen during the scene where she witnesses her parents have an intense argument, Michael Douglas was behind the camera bullying her and threatening to take away the stuffed animal she was holding, which is why she begins crying and hugging it tighter. After the he yelled "cut" he immediately apologized to her and said he was only kidding and Michael Douglas hugged her. See more »

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As Beth walks into the kitchen to look at the boiling pot, the cameraman can be seen through the living room window. 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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SABINO
Written by Ramon Rodriguez
Performed by Santiago Ceron
Courtesy of Sabroso Recording Company, Inc.
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Glenn Close's main squeeze
19 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

An attorney for a publishing company finds out the hard way that a harmless fling with a woman can be the beginning of a nightmare, especially if the lady decides that she likes the man, married or not, and refuses to let him end their affair. This glossy thriller plumbs the psyche of a neurotic woman who has issues and demons in her past that drive her to get even with and destroy a stranger with whom she just met after a wild weekend's sexual binge while his wife and daughter were out of town. Glenn Close is chilling as the predatory female who stalks her erstwhile lover, harassing him at every turn, destroying his property and engaging in emotional blackmail of the basest kind. Michael Douglas, as the spurned woman's target and victim, is desperate to keep his indiscretion hidden from his attractive wife, the classy Anne Archer. The cinematography is rich with excellent color and texture, especially the twilight scenes, and the music is spare with subtle shadings. The entire cast is top-notch, especially Close who eyes Douglas the way a python looks at a mouse.


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