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Bad Influence Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

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

Cast

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

Crew

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