Fatal Attraction

Fatal Attraction

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Director: Adrian Lyne

Cast: Adrian Lyne, Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, Anne Archer


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"Fatal attraction" has become a household term for love turned to murderous obsession, thanks to the success of Adrian Lyne's 1987 movie. Dan (Michael Douglas) is a family man whose one-night affair with Alex (Glenn Close) turns into a nightmare when she insists on continuing the relationship, claiming to be carrying his baby. Alex systematically terrorizes Dan, even… See more details below


"Fatal attraction" has become a household term for love turned to murderous obsession, thanks to the success of Adrian Lyne's 1987 movie. Dan (Michael Douglas) is a family man whose one-night affair with Alex (Glenn Close) turns into a nightmare when she insists on continuing the relationship, claiming to be carrying his baby. Alex systematically terrorizes Dan, even temporarily kidnapping his daughter, in her attempts to win back his affection. Douglas' besieged family man guiltily tries to preserve his marriage and family from the consequences of his own indiscretion. Close's performance as the love-struck psycho-siren remains her signature role: She conveys the buried feminist message of the film in her challenge to Dan to take responsibility for his sexual behavior. Though many critics acknowlegded the film's striking similarities to Clint Eastwood's 1971 film Play Misty for Me, Fatal Attraction spawned numerous other movies about middle-class families besieged by a lone psychotic intent on infiltrating and destroying the fabric of the family unit, including The Stepfather (1987), Pacific Heights (1990), The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992), and Fear (1996).

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Fatal Attraction was (and still is) a corking good thriller: Cleverly written, splendidly acted, and tautly directed, it is guaranteed to raise audience hackles. But following its 1987 release, Adrian Lyne’s suspenseful melodrama became something else: a bona fide cultural phenomenon, one of those rare motion pictures that stimulated debate on important issues such as spousal fidelity and moral relativism. Male viewers tended to sympathize with Michael Douglas’s character, a successful and happily married New York lawyer who succumbed to the seductive blandishments of aggressive career woman Glenn Close while his lovely wife, Anne Archer, was out of town. Female viewers felt sympathy for Close, who became psychotic and vengeful after the guilt-stricken Douglas terminated the brief but tempestuous affair. Lyne (Indecent Proposal) brilliantly manipulated audiences, but the film’s effectiveness derived from the performances of its three principal players, who made their characters totally believable in every particular. Much imitated in the years subsequent to its theatrical playoff, Fatal Attraction still retains the power to shock, to provoke, and to fascinate. Lyne discusses the movie’s special appeal in his thoughtful commentary for the DVD Collectors Edition, which also includes filmed interviews with Douglas, Close, Archer, producers Stanley Jaffe and Sherry Lansing, and writers Nicolas Meyer and James Dearden. Additionally, the DVD presents a featurette on the film’s cultural impact, a behind-the-scenes look at the production, some never-before-seen rehearsal footage, and the infamous, much-discussed alternate ending.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
One of Michael Douglas' first besieged-white-male movies and a zeitgeisty late-'80s blockbuster about the need to preserve the family unit against sexual temptation, Fatal Attraction (1987) is also a slickly engaging thriller that allowed Glenn Close to get in touch with her inner onscreen vixen. Starting off with a smooth hint of realism and excellent acting, Fatal Attraction seems on the verge of raising interesting questions about men who cheat on their wives -- especially since Anne Archer is an appealing mate -- and the impact of changing sex roles. The trashy final act (complete with a shock death scene straight out of slasher movies), however, devolves into a repulsive yet telling portrait of career woman hysteria and Hollywood pandering that almost fatally undermines the rest of the film. Still, Close is a sexy, dangerous villainess (before she collapses into her bunny-boiling psycho mode), Douglas a believably conflicted husband, and Archer a fine, lovely wife. Director Adrian Lyne shows an understanding of how to turn the visual screws. With the ending famously changed after test audiences booed the more downbeat original conclusion, Fatal Attraction became a huge hit and earned six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.
Washington Post
Fatal Attraction has an inescapable pull to it; it's suffocatingly exciting. Lyne's direction has a seductive sharpness and precision...there are moments -- like the spectacular bathroom sequence at the end of the film -- when Lyne makes your throat tighten the way Hitchcock did. Hal Hinson

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Special Features

Closed-Caption Commentary By Director Adrian Lyne Forever Fatal: Remembering Fatal Attraction - Cast & Crew Interviews Social Attraction - The Cultural Phenomenon Of Fatal Attraction Visual Attraction - Behind-The-Scenes Production Featurette Rehearsal Footage Alternate Ending With An Introductrion By Adrian Lyne Original Theatrical Trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Douglas Dan Gallagher
Glenn Close Alex Forrest
Anne Archer Beth Gallagher
Fred Gwynne Arthur
Ellen Hamilton Latzen Ellen Gallagher
Mike Nussbaum Bob Drimmer
Stuart Pankin Jimmy
Ellen Foley Hildy
Tom Brennan Howard Rogerson
Meg Mundy Joan Rogerson
Lois Smith Martha
J.J. Johnston O'Rourke
Michael Arkin Lieutenant
Jane Krakowski Babysitter
Justine Johnston Real Estate Agent
Mary Joy Teacher
James Eckhouse Man in Japanese Restaurant
Faith Geer Nurse
Carol Schneider Waitress
Anna Levine Secretary
Christopher Rubin Lawyer
Greg Scott Bar Patron
Jonathan Brandis Party Guest
J.D. Hall Party Guest
David McCharen Party Guest
Larry Moss Party Guest
Jan Rabson Party Guest
Marilyn Schreffler Party Guest
Vladimir Skomarovsky Party Guest
Dennis Tufano Party Guest
Sam Coppola Fuselli
Judi M. Durand Party Guest
Barbara Iley Party Guest

Technical Credits
Adrian Lyne Director
Howard Atherton Cinematographer
Peter E. Berger Editor
Jack Blackman Art Director
Mel Bourne Production Designer
Janet Brady Stunts
Risa Bramon Casting
Steve M. Davison Stunts
Richard Dean Makeup
James Dearden Original Story,Screenwriter
Robert V. Girolami Asst. Director
Freddie Hice Stunts
Billy Hopkins Casting
Stanley Jaffe Producer
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Michael Kahn Editor
Sherry Lansing Producer
Les Lazarowitz Sound/Sound Designer
Nicholas Meyer Screenwriter
Ellen Mirojnick Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Fatal Attraction
1. Chapter 1 [:02]
2. Chapter 2 [1:58]
3. Chapter 3 [:16]
4. Chapter 4 [6:52]
5. Chapter 5 [3:24]
6. Chapter 6 [4:19]
7. Chapter 7 [4:52]
8. Chapter 8 [1:17]
9. Chapter 9 [2:55]
10. Chapter 10 [4:13]
11. Chapter 11 [7:23]
12. Chapter 12 [2:48]
13. Chapter 13 [3:58]
14. Chapter 14 [7:10]
15. Chapter 15 [3:31]
16. Chapter 16 [4:40]
17. Chapter 17 [6:29]
18. Chapter 18 [7:05]
19. Chapter 19 [:20]
20. Chapter 20 [2:27]
21. Chapter 21 [4:14]
22. Chapter 22 [5:22]
23. Chapter 23 [1:29]
24. Chapter 24 [1:13]
25. Chapter 25 [5:43]
26. Chapter 26 [1:12]
27. Chapter 27 [5:25]
28. Chapter 28 [:24]
29. Chapter 29 [4:46]
30. Chapter 30 [2:06]
31. Chapter 31 [7:08]
32. Chapter 32 [4:03]

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