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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

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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Storyline

Nicole walker is the average 16 year old girl; wants to have fun, and dreams of her Prince Charming. When her 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 ...

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Guys like him don't grow on trees, or even swing on them. But he might just hang you from one. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

No Fear See more »

Filming Locations:

Mercer Island, Washington, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$20,754,000
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DTS | DTS-Stereo

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

When Nicole and Margo are in the bar for the first time, we hear and see Nicole ask Margo "What do you want to eat?" and then we see her instantly ask "What do you want to eat?" a second time. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Laura Walker: [calling upstairs to Nicole in the shower] Nicole, save some hot water for your father!
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Connections

References Straw Dogs (1971) See more »

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Comedown
Written by Gavin Rossdale
Performed by Bush
Courtesy of Trauma/Interscope Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. & Truly Soothing Elevator Music
All Rights Administered by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)
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Works Quite Well
16 October 1999 | by Deniro68See all my reviews

Movie like this either reach out and pull you in or they don't. Fear pulled me in. I rented this movie about a week after Halloween of 1996 and put it in my VCR not sure what to expect. 2 hours later I ejected the movie from the VCR feeling somewhat dazed and overwhelmed. Fear isn't a classic. But it works well. It is scary, violent gory and well made. The reason it works so well is because it was made by people who knew what they were doing. The whole stalker style of movies is full of uninspired trash that sounds like it was made for the USA network.

Fear stands heads and shoulders above that (And to some extent above the original Fatal Attraction). It's not afraid to push, to pull us inside, to scare us and give us a good conclusion at the end, one that movies of this type always mess up.

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