"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).
Commentary by director Adrian Lyne; Forever Fatal: Remembering Fatal Attractions - cast & crew interviews; Social Attraction - the cultural phenomenon of Fatal Attractions; Visual Attraction - behind-the-scenes production featurette; Rehearsal footage; Alternate ending with an introduction by Adrian Lyne; Original theatrical trailer
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More than 1 year ago
Fatal Attraction is about a lawyer (Michael Douglas) with a wife (Anne Archer) and daughter, who sleeps with his client (Glenn Close), who's lust turnes to hate. This movie features great performances by Close, Douglas and Archer. Director Adrian Lyne has surely made his signature movie! Fatal Attraction was nominated for a few Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actress-Glenn Close, Best Supporting Actress-Anne Archer, and Best Director. IT SHOULD'VE WON THEM ALL!
More than 1 year ago
Fatal Attraction was not an original concept when it was released in 1987, but it refueled a new genre of movies centering on unstable, psychotic, and unpredictable female characters. Films such as Basic Instinct, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, and Single, White Female, to name a few, followed suit. The story revolves around a married man (Michael Douglas) who decides to have a one-night stand with a sexy editor (Glenn Close), only to find out she has other intentions about their ''relationship''. What separates this film from its imitators is the stylish directing by Adrian Lynne and the fantastic performances. Glenn Close earned her fourth Oscar nomination for her searing portrayal of a woman bent on madness (she should have won that year but lost out to Cher for Moonstruck). Anne Archer also received a nod for supporting actress. Douglas was not nominated, but won an Oscar the same year for Wall Street ( which explains his non-nomination). The chemistry between all the players is excellent, which is crucial to any movie, and the casting is perfect. So many films today have ''young'' performers which can lessen the quality of the work; Fatal Attraction is a mature movie with mature performances. The film gets better with each viewing, so if it seems a bit slow in parts at first, the next few times it is watched, it will become more engaging. I say this because the middle section of the film can seem to drag a bit, but it actually has its points. Overall, this six-time Academy Award nominated film is a superb, big-budgeted Hollywood production that deserves your attention!
More than 1 year ago
Glenn Close earned an Oscar nomination and secured herself a place in screen history with her portrayal of the desperately lonely career woman Alex Forrest in 'Fatal Attraction.' It is interesting that the film in which she looked the best is one where she played a character who is serioiusly disturbed; in a different story her wardrobe and look might have a sparked a fashion trend, much as Diane Keaton did with 'Annie Hall.' Whatever its flaws, and there are many, 'Fatal Attraction' remains an extremely polemic film because there are any number of ways to look at it to provoke discussion among various social groups. Straight men can view it as an indictment against what they consider their entitled right to play around; straight women can see it as a reason not to play around; gay male extremists can use it to justify their heterophobia; feminisits can view it as an attack on being single and careerism. Any way you approach it it works, which is how it is so ingenious. Cinematically it is visually stunning, from the Glenn Close look, to the way scenes are light and angled, so that no matter how you pick it apart, 'Fatal Attraction,' to paraphrase one of its more famous lines, cannot be ignored. I am of the camp that preferred the original ending which can be seen on the DVD, however what has always bothered me about the film is that no matter which version one prefers the whole thing is designed to get Michael Douglas' character off the hook, and by doing disregarding the tragedy of an otherwise interesting and intelligent individual who is seriously mentally ill. Nearly twenty years later this film still resonates because the issues which it aroused are still at large in our society