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Fatal Attraction
Directed by Adrian Lyne
Produced by Stanley R. Jaffe
Sherry Lansing
Written by James Dearden
Starring Michael Douglas
Glenn Close
Anne Archer
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) September 11, 1987 (premiere)
September 18, 1987 (wide)
Running time 119 min.
Language English
Budget $14,000,000 (estimated)
IMDb profile

Fatal Attraction is a 1987 thriller about a married man who has a weekend affair with a woman who refuses to allow it to end and who becomes obsessed with him. It stars Michael Douglas, Glenn Close and Anne Archer. It was directed by Adrian Lyne. After its release, Fatal Attraction engendered much cultural discussion of the potential consequences of infidelity. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 404 × 599 pixels Full resolution (509 × 755 pixel, file size: 65 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This image is of a film poster, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the film or the... Adrian Lyne (born 4 March 1941 in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England) is an English filmmaker and producer. ... Sherry Lansing (born July 31, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois as Sherry Lee Heimann) is the former CEO of Paramount Studios and the first woman to head a major studio. ... For other people bearing this name, see Michael Douglas (disambiguation). ... Glenn Close (born March 19, 1947) is a five time Academy Award-nominated American film and stage actress. ... Anne Archer Anne Archer (born August 24, 1947) is an Academy Award nominated American movie and TV actress. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... September 11 is the 254th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (255th in leap years). ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... September 18 is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years). ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... // May 9 - Actor Tom Cruise marries actress Mimi Rogers. ... Thriller films are movies that primarily use action and suspense to engage the audience. ... For other people bearing this name, see Michael Douglas (disambiguation). ... Glenn Close (born March 19, 1947) is a five time Academy Award-nominated American film and stage actress. ... Anne Archer Anne Archer (born August 24, 1947) is an Academy Award nominated American movie and TV actress. ... Adrian Lyne (born 4 March 1941 in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England) is an English filmmaker and producer. ...


The film was adapted by James Dearden and Nicholas Meyer from an earlier script by Dearden for British TV entitled Diversion. The film grossed US$156.6 million and was the 2nd highest grossing film of 1987 behind Three Men and a Baby [1]. Nicholas Meyer at the Paramount Pictures lot in 2002. ... In the terminology of the DEA, diversion is the use of prescription drugs for recreational purposes. ... Three Men and a Baby is a 1987 comedy film starring Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, and Ted Danson. ...

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Synopsis

Dan Gallagher is a happily-married successful New York attorney living in Manhattan until he meets Alex Forrest, an editor from a publishing company, through business. While his wife and his daughter are out of town for the weekend, Dan has a brief affair with Alex. What Dan thought would be a simple fling turns into a dangerous sequence of events when Alex begins to cling to him obsessively, showing many signs of Borderline Personality Disorder -- fear of abandonment, instability, impulsive actions, switching from adoring to devaluing others, manipulation, suicidal gestures, and intense anger and bitterness. Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is defined as a mental illness primarily characterized by emotional dysregulation, extreme black and white thinking, or splitting, and chaotic relationships. ...


Alex Forrest's mental instability initially surfaces when she attempts suicide after Dan explains to her that he must go home and get on with his life. Dan thinks the affair is forgotten, but Alex begins to show up at various places to see him. She is waiting for him at his office one day to apologize and invite him to an opera with her, but he turns her down. She then begins to call Dan's office until he tells his secretary he will no longer take her calls. When he confronts her about her actions, she replies, "Well, what am I supposed to do? You won't answer my calls, you change your number, I'm not going to be ignored, Dan!" Alex starts calling Dan's home and then informs Dan that she is pregnant and planning to keep the baby. Although Dan wants nothing to do with her, she argues that he must take responsibility.


As Alex continues to stalk Dan and his family, she has a voice recording delivered to Dan and follows him home one night to spy on him and his wife and daughter from the bushes in his yard; the sight of their family life literally makes her sick to her stomach. Alex's obsession, which grows stronger as time goes on, eventually turning to madness.

Alex's rage eventually escalates into madness
Alex's rage eventually escalates into madness

At one point, while the Gallaghers are away from home, Alex even kills Dan's daughter Ellen's pet rabbit and puts it on their stove to boil. Image File history File links Glennalex. ... Image File history File links Glennalex. ...


Dan tells Beth of the affair and Alex's pregnancy, and after getting over the initial shock and anger, she forgives him. Then Beth warns Alex over the phone that if she persists, she will kill her. Alex goes on to kidnap Ellen from school one day. And although she takes Ellen home unharmed (She mentions that all she did was take her to a park and buy her ice cream), Beth, in a panic while searching for her child, is injured in a car accident. Missing image Ice cream is often served on a stick Boxes of ice cream are often found in stores in a display freezer. ...


Finally, Alex becomes determined to eliminate what she sees as her main obstacle--Dan's wife. While Beth is in the bathroom, Alex's reflection appears in the mirror. As she attacks Beth with a butcher knife, Dan hears the screaming and runs in, wrestling Alex into the bathtub and drowning her... or so he thinks. She suddenly emerges from the water, swinging her knife at him. Beth, who has gone in search of the gun Dan has bought, appears in the doorway and shoots her.


Trivia

  • The film gave rise to the term "Bunny boiler", as the scorned woman (Glenn Close) boils the pet rabbit belonging to her ex-lover's (Michael Douglas) daughter.
  • Alex Forrest (Glenn Close) was originally scripted to commit suicide at the end of the movie and make it look like Michael Douglas's character had murdered her. Test audiences did not respond well to this finale, resulting in the action-filled sequence in the bathroom and Alex's death by shooting. However, the less violent scene was shot and used as the ending for the Japanese version of the film: indeed, the opera of the Japanese Madame Butterfly had that same ending. It is available as an alternate ending on the DVD and has since been shown on network screenings.
  • Although audiences generally applauded the second ending, some controversy resulted from the fact that Alex is supposed to be pregnant (which Dan Gallagher has confirmed with her physician) with a child who dies with her.
  • On the History Channel show "Hollywood's Greatest Villains," Glenn Close said that she asked a psychologist to analyze Alex Forrest's character. The psychologist concluded that Forrest must have suffered sexual abuse as a child.
  • Barbara Hershey, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Debra Winger were offered the role of Alex, but turned down the role. In turn John Travolta, Christopher Reeve, and William Hurt were considered for the role of Dan Gallagher.
  • Prior to this role, Glenn Close was seen as a "good girl" in films like The Natural and Jagged Edge. She hoped that this role would broaden her range.
  • In an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Will has to deal with a pushy woman. He refers to the film by saying "I am telling you, if we had a bunny, the dude would be on the stove by now!"
  • The 2002 film Swimfan has been described as Fatal Attraction for the teenage set.
  • This film was #59 on Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments.
  • On an episode of The Parkers Veronica scolds at Stanley and threatens to end their relationship. Nikki interrupts and says "Alright now hold up Fatal Attraction."
  • In the Family Guy episode entitled "Barely Legal", Meg's obsession toward Brian after a school dance makeout session is largely based on Fatal Attraction. Instead of boiling a rabbit (hare) on the stove, Meg bakes an apple pie with her hair in it and claims that part of her is inside of Brian.
  • In the television show Friends Phoebe makes fun of Ross' girlfriend by asking, "How's Crazy doing? Has she boiled your rabbit yet?"
  • In the movie Sleepless in Seattle Tom Hanks' character asks his son during an argument if he has ever seen the movie Fatal Attraction. When his son replies that he hasn't because he wasn't allowed to, Hanks' character responds "Well I saw it and it scared the shit out of me. It scared the shit out of every man in America!"
  • Underground rap duo Binary Star has a song called "Glenn Close" which has a similar plot as the one in the movie.
  • In an episode of puppets who kill, Dan's obsession with Buttons was based off fatal attraction, he even boils Button's pet rabbit, when Buttons questions Dan about that, Dan say "Oh that wasn't because of you, I just like eating rabbit stew."

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Awards

The film was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Glenn Close), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Anne Archer), Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Picture and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium. Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to actresses working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role is one of the awards given to actresses working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Academy Award for Directing is an accolade given to the person that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences feels was best director of the past year. ... The Academy Award for Film Editing was first given for films issued in 1934. ... // The Academy Award for Best Motion Picture is one of the Academy Awards, awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which are voted on by others within the industry. ... The Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay is one of the Academy Awards, the most prominent film awards in the United States. ...


Main cast

For other people bearing this name, see Michael Douglas (disambiguation). ... Glenn Close (born March 19, 1947) is a five time Academy Award-nominated American film and stage actress. ... Anne Archer Anne Archer (born August 24, 1947) is an Academy Award nominated American movie and TV actress. ... Ellen Hamilton Latzen (born July 26, 1980) is an American child actress. ... Stuart Pankin, with Charles Nelson Reilly and Dom DeLuise To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Ellen Foley (born 1951, St. ... Frederick Hubbard Gwynne (July 10, 1926 – July 2, 1993) was a 6 ft 5 in (1. ... Meg Mundy in The Respectful Prostitute at Cort Theatre. ... Vermont Coach Tom Brennan celebrates an NCAA Tournament victory over Syracuse, March 18, 2005 Tom Brennan was the head coach of the University of Vermont Catamounts mens basketball team from 1986 to 2005. ... Lois Smith (born November 3, 1930) is an American actress whose career in theatre, film, and television has spanned five decades. ... Michael Nussbaum (born December 29, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois) is an actor and director who has been a constant in David Mamets stage work and a performer in movies from Field of Dreams (1989) to Men In Black (1997). ...

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"Fatal Attraction" is a spellbinding psychological thriller that could have been a great movie if the filmmakers had not thrown character and plausibility to the winds in the last minutes to give us their version of a grown-up "Friday the 13th."
The early and middle passages of the movie are handled with convincing psychological realism; James Dearden's dialogue sounds absolutely right, especially the way he allows the Close character to bait her hook with honeyed come-ons and then set it with jealousy, possessiveness and finally guilt (after she says, inevitably, that she is pregnant).
"Fatal Attraction" was produced by Stanley R. Jaffe and Sherry Lansing, and it seems to repeat a pattern for them.
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