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Fear (1996)

When Nicole met David; handsome, charming, affectionate, he was everything. It seemed perfect, but soon she sees that David has a darker side. And his adoration turns to obsession, their dream into a nightmare, and her love into fear.

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James Foley
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Wahlberg ... David McCall
Reese Witherspoon ... Nicole Walker
William Petersen ... Steve Walker
Amy Brenneman ... Laura Walker
Alyssa Milano ... Margo Masse
Christopher Gray Christopher Gray ... Toby
Tracy Fraim ... Logan
Gary Riley ... Hacker
Jason Kristofer ... Terry
Jed Rees ... Knobby
Todd Caldecott Todd Caldecott ... Gary Rohmer
Gerry Bean ... Eddie Clark (as John Oliver)
David Fredericks ... Larry O'Brien
Rav Toor ... Counterman (as Ravinder Toor)
Andrew Airlie ... Alex McDowell
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Nicole walker is the average 16 year old girl; wants to have fun, and dreams of her Prince Charming. When she and her best friend Margot appear at a party, she meets older bad boy David. Everything seems to be going so well and Nicole and David become a couple. Nicole's family like David and she decides she loves him enough to give herself to him one night after a date. However, as soon as they became official, David has become a possessive and jealous boyfriend. He even beats up one of Nicole's close male friends when he is seen giving her a hug at the end of school. After this dark event Nicole never wants to see David again but he tries his hardest to make sure Nicole will take him back. Soon enough she forgives him and things seem to be going well again until a sick situation involving Nicole's best friend Margot turns to her and David breaking up again. This time David is not taking any chances with not being with Nicole so him and his friends go into her family home and attempt ... Written by Kiran

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Lie down with dogs, and you'll get up with fleas. Lie down with David, and you'll be lucky if you get up at all. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong graphic violence and terror, sexuality, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In a 1993 draft of the screenplay, titled "No Fear", Nicole's mother was seen in flashbacks. Her name was given as "Melissa Nichols" (thus explaining the origin of Nicole's first name). See more »

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When the power is cut to the Walker house, we see Steve continue trying to use the cordless phone. A beeping is heard as he presses the buttons; but if the power were gone, there would be no sound. See more »

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[first lines]
Laura Walker: [calling upstairs to Nicole in the shower] Nicole, save some hot water for your father!
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Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: This Means War (2014) See more »

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Machinehead
Written by Gavin Rossdale
Performed by Bush
Courtesy of Trauma/Interscope Records
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Love hurts. Especially when it's Obsessive!
29 January 2009 | by blanbrnSee all my reviews

Over the years I've caught bits and pieces of this film many times on cable and even premium movie channels. Just finally I decided to sit down and watch it all and I must say overall "Fear" is a pretty decent mind thriller. It's theme fits well with teenage love obsession and the stalker crisis. And the cast here is well known it features some of the early work for most of them before they would go on to TV fame(Brenneman, Milano, and Petersen) and movie stardom(Wahlberg and Witherspoon). Set in Seattle, Washington a teenage girl the innocent and pretty Nicole(in one of Reese's earliest roles)lives with her father Steve(William Petersen)and stepmother Laura(Amy Brenneman)and Nicole has a good loving family life yet her parents are to overprotective and she starts to give into the pressure of her peers especially from her best friend the free spirited and sleazy Margo(the hot Alyssa Milano). It's upon their partying and club going that Nicole meets a young and innocent and nice talking young man named David(Mark Wahlberg). Yet appearances and personalities can be deceiving as after David seduces Nicole and she loses her innocence and develops a false trust surely enough David begins a violent obsession with her. Her family sees it and warns her, eventually this leads to drama all concluding with violence and a hostage situation with Nicole's family that was brought on by David and his thug friends. Yet in the end Nicole will grow to learn love is blind as she faces her fear. Pretty decent thriller of the stalker mode with some early performances from what would later be big stars in both TV and film. So give it a watch some late night on cable or premium TV.


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Language:

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Release Date:

12 April 1996 (USA) See more »

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No Fear See more »

Filming Locations:

Mercer Island, Washington, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,312,240, 14 April 1996

Gross USA:

$20,831,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,831,000
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