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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital (5.1 surround)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

More than 20 directors passed on directing the movie. See more »

Goofs

Alex rips Dan's shirt open. We hear buttons pop and cloth rip. When he buttons it the second time, the shirt is not ripped anywhere and all the buttons are present. 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 »

Alternate Versions

In the network version shown on TNT in the scene where Alex phones Dan at 2:13 a.m., there is additional dialogue between Dan and Beth after Dan hangs up the phone that is not in the theatrical/DVD version. Beth asks, "Who in the hell was that?" Dan says that it was a client calling and that this happens when you're a lawyer (being called at odd hours). Beth says that it's the middle of the night, still wondering why someone would call at 2:15 a.m. Dan justifies this by saying it's only 11:00 or so in L.A. See more »

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Soundtracks

Prelude No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 28
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Written by Frédéric Chopin
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WOW
2 December 1998 | by awpangleSee all my reviews

This is an excellent movie about a pschyo(Close)who falls in love with Douglas and once he begins to realize he's doing the wrong thing she just won't leave him or his family alone. It is an excellent suspense thriller that moves like a rollercoaster and and keeps your attention from the beginning credits to the end credits, because the suspense never lets up once Douglas says to Close that he has to leave. This was one of Douglas' first in the "falling in love with pschyos movies" and it's the best. Some say Basic Instinct(which was basically all sex and very little suspense)was better, but this one has only one short sex scene and then it is suspenseful for the last hour and a half. It is definitely the best in his string of these kind of movies. Watch and judge for yourself. Ann Archer plays an excellent role as the determined and suspicious wife of Douglas(who pairs up perfect with pschyo Close). After the ending all you can say is WOW. ***1/2 out of ****


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