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Fatal Attraction Details

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"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), Clint Eastwood (1990), The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992), and Fear (1996). ~ Laura Abraham, Rovi

  • Release date:September 11, 1987

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences James Dearden Best Adapted Screenplay 1987 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Adrian Lyne Best Director 1987 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Adrian Lyne Best Director 1987 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Anne Archer Best Supporting Actress 1987 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Glenn Close Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1987 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Glenn Close Best Actress 1987 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sherry Lansing Best Picture 1987 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Stanley Jaffe Best Picture 1987 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Peter E. Berger Best Editing 1987 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Kahn Best Editing 1987 Nominee

Cast

Michael Douglas
as Dan Gallagher
Glenn Close
as Alex Forrest
Anne Archer
as Beth Gallagher
Fred Gwynne
as Arthur
Ellen Hamilton Latzen
as Ellen Gallagher
Mike Nussbaum
as Bob Drimmer
Stuart Pankin
as Jimmy
Ellen Foley
as Hildy
Meg Mundy
as Joan Rogerson
Lois Smith
as Martha
J.J. Johnston
as O'Rourke
Michael Arkin
as Lieutenant
Jane Krakowski
as Babysitter
Justine Johnston
as Real Estate Agent
Mary Joy
as Teacher
James Eckhouse
as Man in Japanese Restaurant
Faith Geer
as Nurse
Carol Schneider
as Waitress
Anna Levine
as Secretary
Christopher Rubin
as Lawyer
Gregg Scott
as Bar Patron
Jonathan Brandis
as Party Guest
J.D. Hall
as Party Guest
David McCharen
as Party Guest
Larry Moss
as Party Guest
Jan Rabson
as Party Guest
Marilyn Schreffler
as Party Guest
Vladimir Skomarovsky
as Party Guest
Dennis Tufano
as Party Guest
Sam Coppola
as Fuselli
Judi M. Durand
as Party Guest
Barbara Iley
as Party Guest
Christopher Rubin
as Lawyer
Sam Coppola
as Fuselli
David McCharen
as Party Guest
Dennis Tufano
as Party Guest
J.D. Hall
as Party Guest
Gregg Scott
as Bar Patron
Anna Levine
as Secretary
Marilyn Schreffler
as Party Guest
Faith Geer
as Nurse
Carol Schneider
as Waitress
Jane Krakowski
as Babysitter
Judi M. Durand
as Party Guest
Vladimir Skomarovsky
as Party Guest
Justine Johnston
as Real Estate Agent
Jan Rabson
as Party Guest
Jonathan Brandis
as Party Guest
Michael Arkin
as Lieutenant
Mary Joy
as Teacher
Larry Moss
as Party Guest
James Eckhouse
as Man in Japanese Restaurant
J.J. Johnston
as O'Rourke

Crew

Adrian Lyne
Director
Stanley Jaffe
Producer
Sherry Lansing
Producer
Nicholas Meyer
Screenwriter
James Dearden
Screen Story
James Dearden
Screenwriter
Howard Atherton
Cinematographer
Maurice Jarre
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Kahn
Editor
Peter E. Berger
Editor
Mel Bourne
Production Designer
Jack Blackman
Art Director
Ellen Mirojnick
Costume Designer
Les Lazarowitz
Sound/Sound Designer
Janet Brady
Stunts
Freddie Hice
Stunts
Billy Hopkins
Casting
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