Fatal Attraction

1987 "On the other side of drinks, dinner and a one-night stand, lies a terrifying love story."
6.9| 1h59m| R| en| More Info
Released: 18 September 1987 Released
Producted By: Paramount Pictures
Country: United States of America
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For Dan Gallagher, life is good. He is on the rise at his New York law firm, is happily married to his wife, Beth, and has a loving daughter. But, after a casual fling with a sultry book editor named Alex, everything changes. Jilted by Dan, Alex becomes unstable, her behavior escalating from aggressive pursuit to obsessive stalking. Dan realizes that his main problem is not hiding his affair, but rather saving himself and his family.

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Adrian Lyne

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Paramount Pictures

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Curapedi I cannot think of one single thing that I would change about this film. The acting is incomparable, the directing deft, and the writing poignantly brilliant.
Fairaher The film makes a home in your brain and the only cure is to see it again.
Portia Hilton Blistering performances.
Ezmae Chang This is a small, humorous movie in some ways, but it has a huge heart. What a nice experience.
adonis98-743-186503 A married man's one-night stand comes back to haunt him when that lover begins to stalk him and his family. Fatal Attraction (1987) was one of the very first films about a stalker that blindly falls for it's victim and basically stalks every movie that he makes and it's easily one of the better films about that small and forgotten genre it's not just great as a horror film but it's also great as a suspenseful thriller that will keep you at the edge of your seat. Glenn Close gives a terrific and believable performance as this crazy woman that stalks Michael Douglas who is also pretty damn great in this film. The final shot of the movie itself during the bathtub sequence feels like an actual horror movie and it is one and a pretty damn great one indeed. The story is focused on one thing and one thing only which is obsession it doesn't try to go on a different direction or try something else it knows what it is and it's a pretty damn serious film it might have some of the classic horror film over the top moments but it doesn't get ridiculous or ruins the movie for the viewer. I can also buy the fact that it was nominated for 6 Oscars since it was pretty damn great and for that i'm going to give it an A+
Dave This is a psychological thriller that's set in New York. A middle-class married man has casual sex with a woman who has borderline personality disorder. When he ends the fling, she reacts by stalking him. I can't praise this film enough - nor can I find any faults in it. The writing, acting, directing etc. are excellent. This is what a thriller should be like - why isn't it regarded as one of the all-time greats? I can't understand why it missed out on Academy Awards, nor why critics insist that slow, boring films like Vertigo are better.
subxerogravity Micheal Douglas (With the possible exception of his academy award winning turn as Gordon Gekko) tends to play nice guys who do some shady things. In this case he's Dan Gallagher, living the perfect 80s lifestyle with his wife and kid, they are about to leave the city and move to a suburb to raise a family, but at a party, he meets Alex, played by Glen Close. Adrian Lyne and his actors do a good job of showing us the instant attraction between the two without saying much. Nothing happens, but a second encounter puts all the cards on the table for what seems like a no strings attached bed room dance, and Dan is all like, "why not, my wife and kid are out of the city looking at houses, I can do this. So he gives her the passion right on the kitchen counter". So they had fun while his wife is away, no big deal, now we can go back to our regular lives right? Right? Unfortunately for Dan, this is not a Woody Allen movie, the consequences for stepping out on your wife don't end in a comedic folly. As they are having fun, he notices slowly what he just gotten into, with jokes about seeing her father die and her getting very upset when he leaves during their second encounter.Then she goes bonkers--real bonkers and just when he thought he had her under control, she just increases the level of Bonkers (An impressive feat might I add cause when you watch it, Alex gives a WTF moment, she only tops as the movie goes on).It's effecting his work (Lucky it did not effect his relationship with his boss Herman Munster from the Munsters, cause you know, wouldn't want him to do the Munster mash on you), and of course she's effecting his wife in kid. It's a hard lesson to learn.But it's hard not to still love Micheal Douglas in this movie. Like I said his movie star days seem to have him playing appealing men who get involved with some shading things, Douglas is charming and you can't help but to side with him despite this whole thing being his fault.Stranger for me is that Anne Archer, who plays his wife in the movie was a hot number here. Every time she smiled, I thought to myself "Why would he cheat on her?" I can tell you why. Glenn Close is really sexy in this picture. That's what she has going for her here, mad sex appeal. She was oozing it on the screen and as charismatic as Douglas is, Close fuels the fire. You really could not blame him for wanting to get a piece of that (Which in reality is why he should not have done it cause she made it all too easy for him. I mean way too easy, so easy you knew it was going to end badly).Fatal Attraction has an amazing story well done by the director and the actors that allows it to stand the test of time despite it being so engulfed in the decade it was filmed. Me personally, I remember this New York and all the places they filmed so I was in heaven. All the wide shots of the landscapes were done for dramatic feel (especially one scene were Alex followed Dan home), not knowing that one day looking back on this would take me to that time and place and make the movie even better after almost thirty years.And thirty years later, it's still one of those movies that people reference when they talk about how looney tunes your significant other can get. Not a bad legacy for it at all.http://cinemagardens.com
jadavix "Fatal Attraction" is a fairly humdrum thriller enlivened by Glenn Close's performance as the villain.Its plot is one we've all seen before: married man has an affair with the wrong woman who turns out to be a psycho. He can't ditch her immediately because she might tell his wife, see, so the movie grows out of this trite situation.It also really avoids any real tension. You've probably already heard of the famous "bunny boiler" moment. This is actually also pretty trite: animals are always harmed in thrillers as a way to show the villain's increasing capacity for violence. I guess it must have been a shocking moment back in '87, because everybody seems to remember it, but now it's tired.The movie lacks scares, which is either because the filmmaker wasn't capable of providing them, or because he knew that Close could do it through her performance alone.I'm not the first to ask this, but what was it with Michael Douglas and attracting dangerous hotties? Glenn Close, Demi Moore, Sharon Stone. Was he that attractive?