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Fatal Attraction (1987) Movie Information

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Overall Rank:

1805

Avg. Rating:

2.79/4

# of Ratings:

168

Genres:

Drama, Thriller

Rating:

R

Language:

English

Theater Date:

09/18/1987

Director:

Adrian Lyne

Actors:

Michael Douglas
Glenn Close
Anne Archer
Ellen Hamilton Latzen
Stuart Pankin
Ellen Foley

 

 

 

 

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Plot Outline:

Despite having a beautiful wife and child, Douglas, a New York city lawyer puts his perfect life in jeopardy by having a one-night stand with a woman (Close) he just met.

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worleyjamers 06/29/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3.5/4 

Really good film! Solid writing and directing. BRILLIANT performance from Glenn Close. The thing I loved about her performance is that it evokes so many different emotions from the viewer. As an obsessive ex-lover, she is annoying, infuriating, sick, and horrific, but at the same time she also comes across as a real human worthy of sympathy, even if only for a brief time. Nominated for 6 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress (Glenn Close). I loved it!

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Yojimbo 09/26/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
1/4 

The film that introduced the phrase "bunny boiler" to the vocabulary. A deeply average thriller where we are expected to feel sorry for Michael Douglas for cheating on his wife and then casting the object of his lust aside. My heart bleeds. Voyeuristic trash.

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Kyle(The Rebel)  08/27/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
4/4 

Terrifying, brilliantly acted movie about the dangers of having an extramarital affair. Close gives a tour de force performance as the unstable Alex. Lyne's direction is flawless. A classic.

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mitchellyoung 12/27/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
2.5/4 

Although there are some unsettling scares, I couldn't take Glenn Close seriously as the villain and found a lot of the acting to be over-the-top and dramatic. Plus the film draws out its ending needlessly in the name of getting a few more "boo" scares into the film, which didn't really work for me.

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  Daniel Corleone
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10/08/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Fatal Attraction review

"I don't want to loose my family." A situation for a married couple goes from happy to worse, one of the best thrillers about everyday people. Dan Gallagher (Michael Douglas) is a successful lawyer who meets "Alex" Forrest (Glenn Close). Beth (Anne Archer) and their daughter Ellen (Ellen Hamilton Latzen) leave to visit a house and parents while Alex and Dan have drink. One of the best lines: Alex - "I won't be ignored." "You play fair with me, I'll play fair with you." Beth - "What's the matter with you?" Camera direction was magnificent, Archer believable, Douglas sincere and Close just spectacular. Despite its serious premise, the picture still manages to inject humor with Alex getting startled after Beth touches him after listening to the tape. Seeing the look of Dan when Alex ...

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4/4 

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  mdtinney
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08/26/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Anyone want Rabbit Stew?

Seemingly happily married man, Dan Gallagher, gives in to the seductive charm of Alex Forrest and partakes in a night of wild sexual passion with her. Trouble is, is that Alex is a tad unhinged and a woman scorned can be the ultimate nightmare. I have just revisited this monster smash hit from the 80s {highest grossing film of 1987}, and it still packs the same punch as it did back in the late 80s when it not only became a big hit, it also became a cultural phenomenon and one of the most talked about films of the decade. I'm saddened by the relatively average rating here because it's significance and bravery should always be highlighted instead of pointless allegations about it being only of its time. Just how many imitations did Fatal Attraction spawn i wonder ?, Fatal Attraction was a m...

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3.5/4 

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Recent Movie Talk Forum Posts

  Kyle(The Rebel)
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It's pathetic, these lame clones of Fatal Attraction. None of them can even come close to the power and excellent film-making of Fatal Attraction. 
09/01/2012
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  Chris Kavan
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How many times has this film been cloned? Swimfan, Obsessed, Chloe - pretty much any movie featuring a stalker-like character after Fatal Attraction owes a debt to this film - mainly because it's one of the best and most powerful in this particular genre.
08/31/2012
8:14 pm CT

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Fatal Attraction (1987)
4/4 stars
Terrifying, brilliantly acted movie about the dangers of having an extramarital affair. Close gives a tour de force performance as the unstable Alex. Lyne's direction is flawless. A classic.
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A morality tale? 

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