A soft and hesitant young man is in danger when tries to break toxic relationships with a mysterious stranger claiming to be his friend.

Director:

Curtis Hanson

Writer:

David Koepp
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Lowe ... Alex
James Spader ... Michael Boll
Lisa Zane ... Claire
Marcia Cross ... Ruth Fielding
Rosalyn Landor ... Britt
Tony Maggio Tony Maggio ... Patterson
Palmer Lee Todd Palmer Lee Todd ... Naked Woman
Kathleen Wilhoite ... Leslie
Sunny Smith Sunny Smith ... Waitress
Susan Lee Hoffman ... Karen, Woman in Bar
Jeff Kaake ... Willie, Man in Bar
Christian Clemenson ... Pismo Boll
Charisse Glenn Charisse Glenn ... Stylish Eurasian Woman
Jay Della Jay Della ... Chez Jay Bartender
Inger Lorre Inger Lorre ... Band Member
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Storyline

Michael, a wimpy young executive, is about to get pulverized by a jealous boyfriend in a bar when a handsome, mysterious stranger steps in--and then disappears. Later that night, while jogging, Michael runs into the stranger on a pier. He introduces himself as Alex, and the two go out to an under- ground club. Within a matter of days, Alex wheedles his way into Michael's life and turns it upside down, and Michael doesn't realize that Alex is a dangerous sociopath until it's too late. Written by Denise P. Meyer <dpm1@cornell.edu>

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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Matthew Broderick, Tom Cruise and Robert Downey Jr. turned down the part of Michael Boll. See more »

Goofs

Lowe wore a glove on one hand to smear blood on the wall of Michael's apartment. In the following scene, the glove switched hands. See more »

Quotes

Alex: Tell me what you want, Mick.
Michael: Mick?
Alex: Tell me what you want, and tell me what you're afraid of.
Michael: Me and this guy Patterson are up for the same position of senior analyst. I want that job. I want that job so bad.
Alex: Done. Now tell me what you're afraid of.
Michael: I'm afraid of getting married.
Alex: That's easy, don't.
Michael: Yeah, well, I'm engaged.
Alex: [laughs] Why?
Michael: I didn't wanna lose her. I'm terrified of getting married.
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Alternate Versions

UK version is cut by 28 sec. to remove "dangerous imitable technique" during the scene where Alex attempts to kill Michael by connecting the car lights to the petrol tank. See more »

Connections

Referenced in WWE Raw: A New Year Just Begun (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

HE GOT WHAT HE WANTED
Written and Performed by Gavin Friday and The Man Seezer
Produced by Hal Willner
Courtesy of Island Records
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User Reviews

Nearly perfect.
13 May 2000 | by bigpappa1--2See all my reviews

Rob Lowe stars as a drifter who takes yuppie James Spader under his wing and starts to turn Spader's life inside out. The acting is pretty good, but the writting and the direction will knock you out. Clever, and very stylish plus it is filled with exciting moments that will have you on the edge of your seat. One of my favorite films of all time. Rating: 9.5 / 10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bad Influence See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,822,019, 11 March 1990

Gross USA:

$12,626,043

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,626,043
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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