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The Fan Details


Lauren Bacall more or less plays herself in Lauren Bacall. Cast as famous Broadway musical comedy star Sally Ross (with an astonishing lack of temperament!), Bacall finds herself the unwilling love object of psychotic fan Douglas Breen (Michael Biehn). As security around Ross tightens, Breen vows that if he can't have Ross, no one else can. James Garner and Maureen Stapleton are underused as, respectively, Bacall's ex-husband and mother-hen secretary. Based on a good novel by Bob Randall, Lauren Bacall comes off as a slightly more expensive "stalker of the week" TV movie. Still, the film proved grimly prescient in the light of John Lennon's assassination (which occurred after the film was completed, but before its release) and the ongoing dilemma of current Broadway stars (even the lesser lights) who are forced to hire bodyguards to protect them from worshipful wackos. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:May 15, 1981


Lauren Bacall
as Sally Ross
James Garner
as Jake Berman
Maureen Stapleton
as Belle Goldman
Michael Biehn
as Douglas Breen
Hector Elizondo
as Ralph Andrews
Anna Maria Horsford
as Emily
Kurt Johnson
as David
Jim Wolfe
as Dancer
Themi Sapountzakis
as Markham
Lionel Pina
as Customer
Liz Smith
as Herself
Terence Marinan
as Young Man in Bar
Victoria Vanderkloot
as Pen Thief
Ann Pearl Gary
as Fan
Kaiulani Lee
as Douglas' Sister
Ed Crowley
as Caretaker
Jean de Baer
as Stage Manager
Dwight Schultz
as Director
Dana Delany
as Saleswoman
Donna Mitchell
as Hostess
Tim Elliott
as Stagehand
Alixe Gordin
Robert Weil
as Pop
Miriam Phillips
as Woman on Steps
Justin Ross
as Dancer
Griffin Dunne
as Production Assistant


Edward Bianchi
Robert Stigwood
John Hartwell
Norman Wexler
Priscilla Chapman
Dick Bush
Marvin Hamlisch
Pino Donaggio
Composer (Music Score)
Alan Heim
Santo Loquasto
Production Designer
Bill Oakes
Associate Producer
John Nicolella
Associate Producer
Kevin McCormick
Executive Producer
Jeffrey Kurland
Costume Designer
Herbert W. Gains
First Assistant Director
Arlene Phillips
Joan Bradshaw
Production Manager
Alixe Gordin
Tim Rice