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Stalking Laura (1993)

I Can Make You Love Me (original title)
A beautiful young computer technician starting off her career in Silicon Valley during the Eighties, is stalked and harassed by a nerdy, dangerous and mentally-unstable colleague with a twisted obsession.

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Michael Switzer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Thomas ... Richard Farley
Brooke Shields ... Laura Black
Viveka Davis ... Mary Ann
William Allen Young ... Chris
Richard Yniguez ... Lt. Grijalva
Scott Bryce ... Sam Waters
Linda Emond ... Penny
T. Max Graham T. Max Graham ... Captain Olson
Kevin Brief ... Lt. Mark Shagan
Tim Snay ... SWAT Lt. Bannister
Dick Mueller Dick Mueller ... Tom Black
Donna Thomason Donna Thomason ... Glenda Moritz
Mark McCarthy Mark McCarthy ... Wayne Williams
Merle Moores Merle Moores ... Donna Black
Caroline Vinciguerra Caroline Vinciguerra ... Sarah Black
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Storyline

Laura Black has got it. She has got her master's in computer science and she has got that great job in Silicon Valley. Time to say 'bye bye' to mom and dad and to leave Virginia. Everything seems to be fine with one exception. That guy Richard Farley at her new job. If he would stop his attempts to date her. For weeks his psycho terror has been going on now. Laura decides not to let him win. She does not want to be his 'victim'. May be an official complaint about Farley would solve her problem? Written by Oliver Heidelbach

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Even the most innocent relationship can become a fatal attraction.


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Trivia

This film's fictional "Kensitron" was based on the real-life ESL Incorporated of Sunnyvale in which Richard Farley, an employee of Kensitron, became infatuated by a female co-worker, Laura Black, and this developed into an obsession and eventual mass murder resulting in California's introduction of its first anti-stalking laws, very progressive for the time (1989-90). As of 2018, Farley is still on Death Row in San Quentin, and continued to write letters from prison to Laura herself, telling her that she had "finally won" and maintaining the notion that they were destined to be together. See more »

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When Laura's boyfriend gives her the gun he tells her to fire all nine shots into Richard and states that there wasn't a court in the world that would convict her if she shot him on her own property, this is not good advice. While states' law vary about protection of self and property, one can use only the necessary force to stop an intruder (which simply brandishing a weapon might accomplish). If Laura shot Richard nine times, this could be seen by the court as unnecessary and unreasonable force, and it would make a claim of self defense difficult. See more »

Quotes

Richard Farley: It's gonna be real hard for us to have a relationship if you keep refusing to go out with me.
Laura Black: Rich, the only relationship that we're gonna have is a professional one in the office!
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Fortunately, the film doesn't waste time with any actual romance
12 August 2012 | by raisleygordonSee all my reviews

Richard Thomas gives a terrific performance in the kind of movie we've seen millions of times, even as true stories. You could call it "cat-and-mouse", but considering the words "cat" and "mouse", that term is probably putting it mildly, especially when you're referring to the last act of the film. It may be predictable, but the movie gets the job done and done effectively. And the killing spree isn't too violent to the point where it would lose any momentum or meaning. It's also amazing this guy actually never attempted to romance her anyway. If he isn't afraid to stalk her, then it's a wonder why he never does anything physical (other than shooting, that is) to her.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Topeka, Kansas, USA

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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