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Bad Influence Details


Successful LA marketing analyst Michael Boll (James Spader) seemingly has it all -- except a sense of self-confidence. Enigmatic drifter Alex (Rob Lowe) enters Michael's life and immediately begins to exert a negative influence. As Michael's self-esteem zooms (aided by generous dollops of sex and drugs) he allows himself to be dragooned into a life of crime by the demonic Alex. The "doppelganger" aspects of Bad Influence, and the film's many unexpected twists and turns, echo films of Alfred Hitchcock, especially Alfred Hitchcock. The film's boldest stroke is to cast the likeable Lowe as the bad guy (albeit a charming one) and the often villainous Spader as the malleable milquetoast. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:March 9, 1990


Rob Lowe
as Alex
James Spader
as Michael Boll
Lisa Zane
as Claire
Christian Clemenson
as Pismo Boll
Kathleen Wilhoite
as Leslie
Marcia Cross
as Ruth Fielding
David Duchovny
as Club Goer
John Mahon
as Dr. Fielding
Rosalyn Landor
as Britt
Christina Cocek
as Female Executive
Keith McDaniel
as Club Dancer
Said Faraj
as Hamburger Clerk
Sachi Parker
as Michael's Neighbor
Jay Della
as Chez Jay Bartender
John Verea
as Rito
Lilyan Chauvin
as Art Gallery Patrons
John deLancie
as Howard
Grand L. Bush
as Club Bartender
Bianca Rossini
as Bumped Woman
Dominique Jennings
as Woman at Tar Pit
Lisa Beach
Jeff Kaake
as Man in Bar
Joey Miyashima
as Man at Tar Pit
Brendan Hughes
as Arguing Man
Sarah Elgart
as Club Dancer
Joyce Meadows
as Mrs. Fielding
Warren Stanhope
as Banker


Curtis Hanson
Steve Tisch
David Koepp
Robert Elswit
Trevor Jones
Composer (Music Score)
Carol Fenelon
Musical Direction/Supervision
Bonnie Koehler
Iya Labunka
Production Designer
Ron Foreman
Production Designer
Bernie Goldmann
Bonnie Koehler
Associate Producer
Richard Becker
Executive Producer
Morrie Eisenman
Executive Producer
Leslie Morales
Set Designer
Malissa Daniel
Costume Designer
Shane Dixon
Jerry Spicer
Gary Price
Lisa Beach