Fatal Attraction

Fatal Attraction

Adrian Lyne (1987)

114min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

Summary

A married lawyer has a one-night stand with a business associate while his wife and children are out of town. He hopes to keep his infidelity a secret, but she is determined to continue the relationship, and begins obsessively stalking him and his unsuspecting family. Thriller, starring Michael Douglas, Glenn Close and Anne Archer.

Cast & Crew

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 Coppola
Receptionist Eunice Prewitt
Babysitter Jane Krakowski
Real estate agent Justine Johnston
Teacher Mary Joy
Teacher Christine Farrell
Chuck Mark McQue
Director Adrian Lyne
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Other Information

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

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