Fatal Attraction

  • 18
  • Adrian Lyne (1987)
  • US
  • 114 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

This is the movie that, among other things, helped create a new genre: the crazed female from hell (see Basic Instinct, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle and The Crush for prime examples). Glenn Close plays the obsessed woman driven to extreme lengths when she discovers that Michael Douglas is not going to leave his wife (Anne Archer) for her. Close is excellent in a thankless role, while Douglas established himself as the troubled icon of middle-class America, the ordinary man who would later find himself getting out of his depth in the likes of Falling Down and Disclosure. The movie's message (it's all right to have an affair as long as it's not with a nutcase) is more than a little dubious, but there is no denying its slick power and director Adrian Lyne milks the tension for all it's worth. However, he had to reshoot the movie's climax after test audiences gave the thumbs down to his first ending.

Plot Summary

Thriller starring Michael Douglas, Glenn Close and Anne Archer. While his wife and daughter are away, Manhattan lawyer Dan Gallagher has a passionate fling with Alex Forrest, an unmarried woman he meets at a publishing party. It is an affair that is to have terrifying consequences for Gallagher and his family.

Cast and crew

Cast

Dan Gallagher
Michael Douglas (1)
Alex Forrest
Glenn Close
Beth Gallagher
Anne Archer
Ellen Gallagher
Ellen Hamilton Latzen
Jimmy
Stuart Pankin
Hildy
Ellen Foley
Arthur
Fred Gwynne
Joan Rogerson
Meg Mundy
Howard Rogerson
Tom Brennan
Martha
Lois Smith
Bob Drimmer
Mike Nussbaum
O'Rourke
J J Johnston
Lieutenant
Michael Arkin
Fuselli
Sam J Coppola
Receptionist
Eunice Prewitt
Babysitter
Jane Krakowski
Real estate agent
Justine Johnston
Teacher
Mary Joy
Teacher
Christine Farrell
Chuck
Mark McQue

Crew

Director
Adrian Lyne

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate 18
Categories
Drama

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