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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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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dan Gallagher
... Alex Forrest
... Beth Gallagher
... Ellen Gallagher (as Ellen Hamilton Latzen)
... Jimmy
... Hildy
... Arthur
Meg Mundy ... Joan Rogerson
Tom Brennan ... Howard Rogerson
... Martha
... Bob Drimmer
... O'Rourke
Michael Arkin ... Lieutenant
... Fuselli (as Sam J. Coppola)
Eunice Prewitt ... Receptionist
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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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R | See all certifications »

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18 September 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Affairs of the Heart  »

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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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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Producers Sherry Lansing and Stanley R. Jaffe had difficulty getting a studio to green light the film, and in finding a leading man. Michael Douglas was when writer James Dearden was expected to both write and direct. Douglas's experience with another less-experienced director led him to ask for a different director, but Dearden was still kept on as writer--a rarity in the film business. Brian De Palma agreed to direct it, which got Paramount to green light the film, but he refused to stay on the project unless he could replace Michael Douglas. Lansing and Jaffee had a loyalty to Douglas, who was the first actor to express interest in the part, and who himself had experience as a producer. To keep Douglas on the project, they released De Palma. They had feared Paramount would cancel the project, but instead they merely delayed the start of production which had, at the time of De Palma's departure, been 10 weeks away. See more »

Goofs

The radio in Dan's car was tuned to 97.1 when he popped in the cassette tape from Alex. When he arrived home and removed the tape, the radio was tuned to 107.9. 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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Courtesy of King Record Co., Ltd.
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Michael Douglas's first in-trouble role.
27 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

I'm from China. My English is not very good. So the first time I comment a movie I chose a simple one. I saw "Fatal Attraction" the day before.

I have seen a few of Michael Douglas's movies. And I found he kept taking the same kind script and role for himself. He was a lawyer who had another affair with an attractive woman. By which the relationship brought him a lot of troubles.Even make his life over.

I have to say that Michael had just given his basic performance, nothing special, and nothing would light his career at that moment. Meanwhile, Glen Close did a great job in the movie. We could touch her weird feeling, and her extreme mental troubles. You might even understand what she had done to Michael's family.

This story told that sometimes an unfaithful relationship not only brought one night sexual enjoyment, but also ruined one's life.


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