Happily married New York lawyer Dan Gallagher has an affair with his colleague Alex, and the two enjoy a love weekend while Dan’s wife and kid are away. But Alex will not let go of him, and she will stop at nothing to have him for herself. Just how far will she go to get what she wants?

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  • josefina-ivonne-abreu-solorzano
    josefina ivonne abreu solorzano

    Had it not been for the performance of Glenn Close, this movie wouldn’t really be worth the effort of watching. She shines in an excellent performance as Alex Forest, the spurned lover of Dan Gallagher (Michael Douglas), whose obsession with their relationship becomes progressively more violent. Close manages to play Forest as the successful business type, the emotionally wounded woman and the deranged psychopath, and she makes every aspect of Alex believable. Michael Douglas is always competent, and is no less here than anywhere else, but his portrayal of Gallagher to me seemed a bit shallow and unconvincing.The story itself (of the spurned woman seeking revenge) is hardly original, and even the twists and turns seem typical and predictable, and more than a few things in the story made little sense. First, given that Gallagher seemed to have a good relationship with his wife Beth (Ann Archer) and a happy family life as the father of Ellen (Ellen Hamilton Latzen) it seemed to me that he fell too quickly and too easily under the spell of Alex. Their relationship didn’t come across as believable to me. Then, setting up the last confrontation of the movie, Gallagher is shown locking the doors to his house, with his body language suggesting that he had forgotten to lock them before. What? After everything he and his family have been through at Alex’s hands, he didn’t think to keep the doors locked at all times?! How did this guy get through law school? Finally, the ending was predictable, and for about the 914th time in the movies we see a villain who seems to be dead come back to life. There’s no shock to this anymore, although I suppose when “Fatal Attraction” was actually released (in 1987) it was actually only the 674th time this had happened. In short, there really wasn’t much imagination at the end.This movie is all right as a way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon, but except for a few scenes (the thought of the boiling pot in the kitchen – and its contents – will remain in your mind after the movie’s over) this is hardly edge of your seat stuff. Watch it for the excellent performance by Close, though.6/10

  • natalia-mumlaze
    natalia mumlaze

    Prior to viewing Fatal Attraction I was familiar with the film. I saw clips of it here and there (on YouTube, TV specials), I saw the semi-remake/rip-off starring Beyonce, Obsessed, and I am aware of the huge reputation surrounding the film. There were no surprises.I can imagine being in the ’80s, sitting in the theaters expecting a sweeping love story and being overcome with surprise and adrenaline rush when I realized its true nature. In a perfect world that may be possible, but in reality I am forced to be friendly from a distance.Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great movie, probably the best thriller from the ’80s, but being so immersed in the hype did took away the fun that everyone gossiped about opening weekend in 1987. In fact, Fatal Attraction, was the first of its kind that spawned countless “romantic” thrillers since. It’s mystifying to think of the ways the world of thrillers has changed since the origin of the genre, but in other way stayed exactly the same. Same plot formula, same twists, different style, different noise levels. The bottom line is most haven’t gotten much better than this.Glenn Close has said that she doesn’t view her character, Alex as the villain in the story. That’s typical of an actor playing the antagonist in a film because actors have to justify their characters as human beings to be able to portray them successfully. But I am actually taking the actor’s side this time. I felt an enormous amount of empathy towards Alex. She’s a lonely woman, she’s really lonely, and that’s the cause of all her malicious actions that follow. In ways she was the victim. Close embodies Alex, making the loneliness enough for the viewer to link themselves to, but not too much to overwhelm the viewer. When the script calls for Close to be overt, man, does she bring it, though.My favorite performance, maybe even over Close’s, was Anne Archer. Knowing she got an Academy Award nomination prior to watching the film, I assumed she’d get a scene to cry and throw a fit and that’s what scored the nomination. She does well in that scene I anticipated, but I think she’s exceptional from start to finish. Warm, when need be. Sorrowful, when need be. Douglas is the trio-member who doesn’t stick out as often, but when his moment finally comes for the character to shine, you realize he was shining the entire time, we just didn’t notice.The killer aspect of Fatal Attraction is the directing from Adrian Lyne. Lyne layers fear on top of characters, not the plot necessarily, but the fictitious characters themselves. A particularly wicked moment of direction involves a telephone ringing. The telephone is what we’re focusing on, but Lyne keeps the audience’s engagement with the telephone on whether Archer’s character will answer it and what Close’s might say to her. Lyne takes his time and builds real suspense that often results in a misleading outburst of intensity. Lyne also makes the intelligent decision to let the sex scenes happen, but not to let them define the film. He puts the characters, the story, and most importantly, the suspense ahead of the raunchy sex scenes.The film editing is crisp, pinpointed directly at Lyne’s vision of the suspense. It keeps the film tantalizingly alive. The film is aided by a piercing score the scorches the suspense volumes louder than it had a right to be. Although moving the story along at a nice-pace is the ultimate intention of the thriller, symbolism can be found such as the shot of Douglas leaving Close’s apartment the morning after the affair, adding to the basic, almost-generic message of the film: don’t cheat. The ending isn’t the original ending, though it’s one heck of a conclusion and a heart-pounding thrill fest that shouldn’t be controversial. The original ending is a sterling, twisted scene as well, but it’s one that’s not nearly as exciting as the final ending.Originality is lacks in Hollywood today, but Fatal Attraction remains as an original roller coaster jolt, which other films have adapted and cheapened to make a few bucks. They know it works with the audience so why not? That being said, the script is really good. The dialogue is coated with richness, while still being realistic (they speak the way people actually speak in the real world). There are tons of twists packed into the screenplay, many of which pay off. The ones that don’t work as well feel awkward and downgrade the flick a tad, but nothing that can stop the reputation of the thriller.Being the first of its kind cannot be easy, but Fatal Attraction maintains the respect and class of it’s massive reputation. It’s filled with startling twists, great acting, and a director reaching shocking heights of the suspense genre. It’s worth seeing for the terrifying finale which has stood the test of time extremely well. As much as I appreciated the technical elements, I wish I wasn’t so familiar with it before actually seeing it which would’ve allowed myself to be swept up in its madness. Maybe this is a flashing light that we shouldn’t familiarize ourselves with something so much that it becomes too late to fathom the art in its purest state.Rating 8.5/10Grade: A

  • dominic-thompson
    dominic thompson

    Another one of those films that start out as a thriller but end up being a horror. The absurdity culminates in the end, when Glenn Close becomes a kind of invincible creature not unlike Rutger Hauer in that horrible piece of garbage, “Hitcher”. The “highlight” is the scene in which she gets up in the bath-tub like Dracula or something. Having the appallingly ugly Close as a sexual object is definitely not helping matters. The Fatal Distraction. Who’s gonna be fatally attracted to HER?? I know that this film had plenty of trouble with its ending – before it was released. Apparently, test audiences didn’t like the original ending (which was a downer ending: Douglas gets arrested or something like that) so several alternate endings were shot. I think the DVD has them all. However, it would be best to avoid the film altogether; it seems dated (already) and there are better thrillers to see than this. A little movie quiz question: just in how many 80s and 90s films did Michael Douglas play, in which he screwed the leading female(s) all over the furniture?You won’t be surprised to learn that Close got into movies through family connections…

  • lars-ericsson
    lars ericsson

    I absolutely hated this movie! I thought it was mean spirited and nasty. It’s not to say that the acting was bad. Glenn Close shows that she can play any part she is given, be it a plain Jane, a courtesan, or a psychopath. Michael Douglas and Anne Archer both gave solid performances.My problem was with the movie, itself. Specifically, the ending. The person ultimately responsible for the chaos, pain and sadness is Dan Gallagher (Douglas). I know Alex was the nut and she was the one who’s actions were directly responsible, but if Gallagher had been faithful, none of it would have happened!In the end, Alex pays the ultimate price for her actions, but what happens to Gallagher? It looks like his wife forgives him everything and there is no REAL come-uppance for Gallagher. (I know, I know…he had to endure everything that Alex put him through, but then again, the one innocent person (Beth) went through it too!)If I had been Beth, I think I would have blown Gallagher away right after Alex.All in all, this film left me with a bad taste in my mouth!

  • basilike-katsaphadou
    basilike katsaphadou

    I’m from China. My English is not very good. So the first time I comment a movie I chose a simple one. I saw “Fatal Attraction” the day before.I have seen a few of Michael Douglas’s movies. And I found he kept taking the same kind script and role for himself. He was a lawyer who had another affair with an attractive woman. By which the relationship brought him a lot of troubles.Even make his life over.I have to say that Michael had just given his basic performance, nothing special, and nothing would light his career at that moment. Meanwhile, Glen Close did a great job in the movie. We could touch her weird feeling, and her extreme mental troubles. You might even understand what she had done to Michael’s family. This story told that sometimes an unfaithful relationship not only brought one night sexual enjoyment, but also ruined one’s life.

  • antoniu-tabacu
    antoniu tabacu

    Seemingly happily married man, Dan Gallagher, gives in to the seductive charm of Alex Forrest and partakes in a night of wild sexual passion with her. Trouble is, is that Alex is a tad unhinged and a woman scorned can be the ultimate nightmare.I have just revisited this monster smash hit from the 80s {highest grossing film of 1987}, and it still packs the same punch as it did back in the late 80s when it not only became a big hit, it also became a cultural phenomenon and one of the most talked about films of the decade. I’m saddened by the relatively average rating here because it’s significance and bravery should always be highlighted instead of pointless allegations about it being only of its time. Just how many imitations did Fatal Attraction spawn i wonder ?, Fatal Attraction was a monster hit because it gave the audience something different, a monster flip flop of having the man stalked by an uncontrollable female loony. Much credit goes to screenwriter James Dearden for laying it out like a slowly tightening coil, because as the plot unfolds and Alex Forrest’s Madame Butterfly fuelled revenge gathers pace, the audience starts to realise it has been doubly conflicted on the emotional character attachment front.Dan has done the dirty on his beautiful wife and child, the bastard deserves what is coming to him for sure?, Alex is right in that he’s had his fun and now she can basically go and whistle at the moon, but the cheeky saver here from the makers is that Alex did the chasing knowing that Dan was happily married, she led the way fully armed with the facts. This makes for a wonderfully constructed thriller that ups the suspense quota to positively seal the deal with a heart stopping finale, i’m mightily relieved that American test audiences gave the thumbs down to the rather downbeat original ending that saw Alex committing suicide and thus framing Dan for her murder, the ending that stands may lose impact on repeat viewings, but boy it’s still got a kick to it.Glenn Close is fantastic as Alex, playing against type she manages to convince as a disturbed individual, a perfect blend of sadness and soul destroying stupidness. Michael Douglas is also giving a performance of depth, firmly in the shadow of Glen Close’s film stealing show, he none the less plays it perfectly and is believable in all aspects of the character, and i’m sure the ladies watching were pleased to see no sign of the saggy bottom that scared them in Basic Instinct 5 years later!. This film coupled with Wall Street in the same year would propel Douglas to major A list status, and he rightly deserved it in my opinion. Anne Archer is Beth Gallagher, the hurt wife of the piece, she looks stunning and sexy, but thoughts of her looks are quickly erased with a special two layered performance of note. Containing a great script and directed astutely by Adrian Lyne, Fatal Attraction remains one of the best thrillers of the 80s, it was talked about profusely back then, and here and now it should not be forgotten.9/10

  • k-ristofer-t-ovowljyan
    k ristofer t ovowljyan

    Considering this film is nearly 20 years old, it still remains as good as ever. Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, and Anne Archer are all to be commended for making this film realistic and believable.From the outset, the film runs at a good pace and is compelling viewing. I still find it quite eerie during both the bunny boiling scene and also when Alex has cut her wrists whilst Madam Butterfly is playing in the background.The scene where Dan and Alex have sex in the sink (although it looks more to me like on the worktop/counter) makes the film both believable and shows the passion and excitement that makes their affair more realistic to the viewer.Overall still an excellent film and definitely one to watch.

  • emma-jansson
    emma jansson

    … so says Tom Hanks in 1993’s “Sleepless in Seattle” to his son in reference to this movie and comparing its outcome to a strange woman who has been writing the widower (Hanks) as a result of him appearing on a radio show. But that’s another movie.The point is, its lesson was still easily recognizable in popular culture six years after it was made. What looks like an easy lay with a beautiful single woman can easily turn into an object lesson on Murphy’s law. Dan Gallagher (Michael Douglas) is a successful NYC attorney, and on a weekend when his wife and daughter are away from home at his in-laws’ house, he has a work meeting that includes Alex Forrest (Glenn Close), an editor for a publishing company. This leads to a drink at a bar, and that leads to a passionate one night stand that turns into a two night stand when Alex attempts suicide when Dan tries to leave.Dan thinks it’s over. Alex has seemed to come to her senses. But then she tells him she is pregnant, and no she is having this baby because she is 36 and it may be her last chance. When Dan insists he is not leaving his wife for her, that he does not love her – well, let’s just say that the opposite of love is not hate it’s indifference, and Alex at first stalks Dan and gradually turns up the heat until his entire family is at risk. The suspense builds until the harrowing end.The thing is, Dan always loved his wife, subtly played by Ann Archer. She is beautiful, supportive, and he still has passion for her. They have a little girl and are a very happy family. But he just could not say no to what looked like a one night adventure that nobody need ever know about that turns into a nightmare.There is more to the film than the cautionary “Don’t cheat on your wife” message. I think it’s because Glenn Close does such a fantastic job playing Alex. There’s something about her portrayal that, to me, paints Alex as ultimately powerful, not just outright insane. Until the end she mostly dominates what happens to Michael Douglas’ character’s life. I think this one has aged well and would still recommend it.

  • jeremiah-arnold
    jeremiah arnold

    Let me start by saying that this was a very decent movie. Michael Douglas at his best doing the roles he does best. And not only him but the rest of the crew as well.To me, the best part of this movie is actually the very believable plot. This is a situation that could happen to anyone, and to a different extent has happened to people I know. Furthermore, both the script and all the actors make the movie all the more believable. It is true that the movie deflates itself towards the end, but overall it is a great movie, and even a warning movie for the ones attempting to do what is done there.The movie gets 8 points on my list because of the less-believable ending, and also because Glenn Close, while doing a perfect part in the acting, should take the part of the wife, and the wife (Anne Archer) should take the part of Glenn Close. This said, even as it is the movie should not be unbelievable. I have seen worse, and you will know what I mean when you actually watch the movie yourself.One thing that cracked me up were the negative comments on this website. It seems that they were mostly written by women with chip in their shoulders. They do not criticize the movie, but the “fatal attraction”. They criticize the fact that men would do this or that, or that a man would prefer X over Y…basically making quite clear that something touched them at a personal level and they did not like it. I guess truth hurts.If you haven’t watch this movie, do it. It is well written, incredibly well acted, and as much as you will have to forgive the last 5 minutes, it is overall a great movie.

  • teresa-magalhaes
    teresa magalhaes

    When watching this movie, my biggest problem was that I couldn’t really sympathize with either one of the main characters, Michael Douglas’ Dan, or Glenn Close’s Alex. Douglas played a married man who had a weekend-long affair with a business associate, played by Glenn Close. Dan didn’t know he was getting involved with a psychopath, but he shouldn’t have cheated on his wife in the first place. It’s never really clear why he cheats on his wife, other than a selfish attack of lust. Alex was trying to make a point that he couldn’t just use her and then go back to his family, but she knew he was married, so she should have known what she was getting into. She seemed so mature and sophisticated in the beginning, and then we never find out why she is so crazy. I lost any bit of sympathy I might have felt for her during the rabbit scene. It’s one thing to harass a grown man whom you feel has wronged you, but it’s entirely different to take it out on his innocent 6-year old child. The final showdown with Dan’s wife in the bathroom is very predictable, right down to the screaming teakettle in the kitchen that masks the screams from upstairs. I do think the ending was a little more than Douglas’ character deserved. He didn’t really seem sorry for what he did; it took terrible things happening to his family to make him confess to his wife. His family was so lovable and nice, and they definitely didn’t deserve to be so poorly treated. Dan was very lucky to have home and family restored to him at the end; he didn’t really deserve it. All in all though, this film wasn’t a bad thriller. I must admit I was a little tense trying to guess what Alex would do next. I wasn’t entirely sure what she was capable of, so it added to the suspense of the film. Close’s acting was good; she was a very believable psycho. There was a lot of talent in this film, and everyone turned in good performances. Although it was relatively predictable, if you allow yourself to get swept up by it, it is made exciting by Close’s performance. Not a bad film, but not the best thriller ever made.

  • nikolina-pajur
    nikolina pajur

    It’s amazing to think that dozens – maybe hundreds(?) – of movies, especially from the Lifetime channel, can trace their lineage to this film (and people like John Carpenter and Brian De Palma turned this down in part as they saw it as unoriginal, taking from Clint Eastwood’s great debut, Play Misty for Me). I think that makes this hold up is the acting, pure and simple. Douglas and Close and also Anne Archer as the wife really make this material work as strong as it can – they sell every minute they can, and they have to. This is even in knowing that the movie doesn’t really have a very firm moral leg to stand on; we should be on Michael Douglas’ side, but he’s the one that screwed up.Sure, Glenn Close is crazy, or a victim of abuse as well if one wants to dig a little deeper (who knows what happened with dear old dad before he died of that heart attack), but, and this is important, she’s right (certainly initially) or at least has a point that should matter about how he’s just tossing her to the wayside after a night or two of “fun”. I like that Lyne and the writer have underlying implications that make it more harrowing and that it paints the two sides as neither right or wrong (though of course one is more wrong than the other, the wrongs don’t make anything right) up to varying degrees. What makes it not stand up over time is the ending, or even the last act.From a writing perspective it should have ended how it was originally supposed to, with Alex killing herself and framing Dan as if it was murder. It calls back to the mention of Madame Butterfly, which is the set up and pay-off. But because the producers acquiesced it turns into the template for countless s***y movies where the character has one last hurrah to mess with the supposed heroes and blood is spilled and one more life is lost. In a sense my criticism is the same as Ebert’s, that it kind of turns into a Friday the 13th movie. But at least for 85% of the running time, maybe 90%, it is a provocative, terrifying drama that has a simple moral message: don’t cheat.

  • philip-johnson
    philip johnson

    An attorney for a publishing company finds out the hard way that a harmless fling with a woman can be the beginning of a nightmare, especially if the lady decides that she likes the man, married or not, and refuses to let him end their affair. This glossy thriller plumbs the psyche of a neurotic woman who has issues and demons in her past that drive her to get even with and destroy a stranger with whom she just met after a wild weekend’s sexual binge while his wife and daughter were out of town. Glenn Close is chilling as the predatory female who stalks her erstwhile lover, harassing him at every turn, destroying his property and engaging in emotional blackmail of the basest kind. Michael Douglas, as the spurned woman’s target and victim, is desperate to keep his indiscretion hidden from his attractive wife, the classy Anne Archer. The cinematography is rich with excellent color and texture, especially the twilight scenes, and the music is spare with subtle shadings. The entire cast is top-notch, especially Close who eyes Douglas the way a python looks at a mouse.

  • daniela-pires
    daniela pires

    This is supposed to be a classic, but I don’t buy it. It’s good in a lot of ways; good acting, good shooting/editing. But the script has weaknesses that sort of bring it down as a “great” film. I would have liked to see more psychological tension built up via better-developed confrontation between the leading characters which would have highlit Close’s state of denial in a more believable and frightening way. You can’t make up for a lack of well-scripted situational tension with clever acting, camera angles, and editing. Flaws in the script are the weak link that stops Fatal Attraction from being great…too bad!However, I will laud all the acting. A lot of people on this board are pooh-poohing Close’s efficacy as a believable target for a bout of hot sex.I thought her character was very well done: Let’s face it, Close *is* a genuine talent. I guess people will continue to watch this movie for the sex scenes, which *are* noteworthy for their playfulness. However, I have to warn you that if you take narrative integrity seriously, you’ll be a little disappointed.ADDENDUM: This flick is also referenced very interestingly in Bob Altman’s “The Player”. According to one studio exec character in “Player”, the ending to Fatal Attraction was rewritten and reshot after the first cut was shown to a test audience. Now, I don’t know if that’s true or not, but it does make you wonder. Does the strange chaotic ending really reflect an attempt to stitch on a more popular ending without thought to overall purpose or narrative integrity? -raz

  • arthur-santos
    arthur santos

    The outline for this movie is almost a duplicate of Play Misty for Me. It starts with a one night stand with no strings attached, and turned into the same Fatal Attraction, even down to the crazed girl coming face to face with the real love of the male’s life and the attack. The differences are there, too. The male in this case is married, while the other is just trying for a committed relationship. They have different jobs, live on the opposite coast, etc. This movie was MUCH better done than Play Misty, and they are many years apart so most people probably don’t even see the similarities.

  • gigla-kopaliani
    gigla kopaliani

    This was a magnificent thriller – Douglas was great, Close was marvelous, but Ann Archer was the greatest. Great concept, excellent filming, perfectly executed acting. What more could one desire? Definite edge-of-the-seat pace – NOT a waste of time to see. I own the video, and I do not own many videos; this was the perfect see-it-over-and-over film. Even now, at age 50+, there are scenes that are the best I have ever witnessed in a movie. Douglas portrayed many men who finds his lover pregnant, though perhaps a bit more understanding in his initial attempt to support the woman. Close portrayed the unexpressed emotions of many women who have been in this situation, anger personified and vengeance motivated. The fact that her mental makeup was destroyed prior to her affair makes no difference in the expression of emotions, until, of course, she takes her emotions out on the family. Men, take notice! This could happen to you if you choose to have an affair. 🙂

  • franck-barre
    franck barre

    This movie about adultery, jealousy and a spurned woman’s relentless pursuit of revenge is genuinely unforgettable and compelling to watch. It’s definitely a movie of its time which connected strongly with audiences when it was first released and also seemed to tap into certain attitudes that were starting to become more prevalent in society at that time. The values associated with the permissiveness of earlier years were gradually being left behind and this movie’s depiction of the dangerous consequences of indulging in casual affairs seemed to be a strong endorsement of this change.The impact and influence of this great box office success has continued to be significantly stronger than would normally be expected as it has successfully maintained its popularity over the years and even been responsible for the term “bunny boiler” becoming a universally recognised part of the language. Amusingly, 25 years after the movie’s release, when Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler announced his decision to leave “American Idol” to return to his band (which was his “first love”), he added “I’ve decided it’s time to for me to let go of my mistress before she boils my rabbit”.Dan Gallagher (Michael Douglas) is a successful, happily married Manhattan lawyer who meets book editor Alex Forrest (Glenn Close) when he does some work for her employers. One weekend, when his wife Beth (Anne Archer) and daughter Ellen (Ellen Hamilton Latzen) are out of town visiting his in-laws, he and Alex have a short but very passionate affair which he quickly decides to end but Alex is in no mood to agree.Alex initially reacts by slitting her wrists and later goes on to harass Dan by calling in at his office and later continuing to make telephone calls to him on his work number. When he tells his secretary that he’s not prepared to take any more of these calls, Alex reacts by telephoning his home at all hours of the day and night and then even poses as a prospective buyer of his apartment to show her determination to make him take responsibility for his actions.Alex continues to terrorise Dan and his family by pouring acid on his car, kidnapping his daughter, boiling Ellen’s pet rabbit and physically threatening Beth before the story eventually reaches its violent climax.Michael Douglas is very convincing as Dan who seems to have achieved his success so easily that he takes his comfortable lifestyle and happy marriage for granted. He’s a man who, in a moment of weakness makes a bad decision and very soon after, regrets what he’s done. His betrayal of his loyal wife and his inability to confess until he’s forced to, are reprehensible and indirectly put his family in great danger.Glenn Close is genuinely scary in a very accomplished performance in which she shows the various facets of Alex’s personality with such skill that she really makes her character’s changeable and unhinged behaviour seem understandable. Anne Archer is also perfect in her part and the scene in which she learns of her husband’s infidelity is extremely touching as she retains her dignity magnificently despite her obvious pain.”Fatal Attraction” is an attention grabbing title which is reminiscent of the classic film noir titles which also frequently alluded to death, danger, fear or entrapment and just like those films, this movie features flawed characters, aberrant behaviour and plenty of suspense.

  • dusanka-erzen
    dusanka erzen

    Although I found myself checking the elapsed time during this movie to get some idea of when it would end, the final scenes made me squirm with sympathetic fright for the characters. Roger Ebert says the filmmakers ruined a perfectly good psychological thriller by attaching a “Friday the 13th” ending. The IMDb Trivia page says the movie originally had a different ending in which Glenn Close’s character commits suicide and Michael Douglas’ character is arrested for her murder. Ebert and most serious film lovers would likely have preferred that ending. But making profitable movies sometimes means making them unpalatable for highbrow students of film.Nevertheless, the “flawed” film resonated with women. I have vague memories of female friends and acquaintances in the late ’80s seeing “Fatal Attraction” as an example of what SHOULD happen to any man who cheats on his wife. The movie found a place in our culture for a while, and the title was a euphemism for similar happenings in real life.One wonders how much this movie had to do with the near universal creation of “stalker laws” in the 1990s.

  • filatova-fiokla-lvovna
    filatova fiokla lvovna

    I don’t know about you, but I love a good, psychotic, sexual thriller. I mean, I am a huge admirer of the “so bad it’s good” film, Wild Things. That is a guilty pleasure, and i’m not even guilty about it. That movie is the king daddy of sexual thrillers. But, in second place, a movie that is probably better, is Adrian Lynne’s intoxicating 1987 Best Picture nominee, Fatal Attraction. Sure, the movie is insane and over-the-top. But that’s just what makes it so good.The film revolves around a hard working family man named Dan (Michael Douglas, who won an Oscar the same year for Wall Street). One weekend, while his wife (Anne Archer in an Oscar nominated role) and kids are out of town, he has sex with a mysterious temp named Alex Forest (Glenn Close in an Oscar nominated role). As he tries to move on with his life, she desperately tries to get him back. And she will really stop at nothing to see him again.If you haven’t seen this movie and it sounds familiar, that is probably because you saw 2009’s Obsessed. But this movie is a lot better than that one. This one is a lot sexier, crazier, and more dangerous. Also, the acting isn’t as irritating. Now, don’t get me wrong, you certainly want to murder Alex. But that’s what makes Close’s performance work so well.Close is amazing. Here, she gives one of her best performances. Now, I have never exactly found Glenn Close sexy, but it is obvious just why she was chosen. It’s because she’s amazing in this movie. She is mysterious, she is bonkers, and you really can’t take your eyes off of her. I loved Cher’s performance in Moonstruck, but I still have to say that the Oscar should have gone to Close.Fatal Attraction isn’t a great movie. I think that whoever wrote it (and, basically, any other movie where an obsessive woman goes insane) is slightly sexist. But it doesn’t matter. Fatal Attraction is extremely entertaining. It is definitely a wild ride, and it may not have worked without Close. She beat out plenty of incredibly sexy actresses for the role. Just watch it, and you’ll see why.A-

  • grant-stuart
    grant stuart

    The back story goes that Glenn Close couldn’t do sexy to save her life. She, of course, being the great actress she is, set herself out to prove her detractors wrong, and has gone down in history for having single-handedly made “love in an elevator” a household name and something horny lovers would look forward to, especially in a semi-deserted building after hours. Never dressed in anything other than black or white (in a nod to Lana Turner’s own femme fatale wardrobe in THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE), and with long, curly hair enhancing her cold, Connecticut looks, she lights up the screen in her hotly sensual, sympathetic introduction, and just as the black she wears later on as she turns into the psycho she really is, makes the audience completely hate her — so of course, killing her off was in order to please the crowd who despite having the logics of plot thrown out the window demanded her death in a steamy bathtub at the hands of Anne Archer. That’s the power of acting, people. She is the film down to its illogical but emotionally satisfying ending, and anything else is just a false 80s “family values” hogwash. When you think FATAL ATTRACTION, you think Glenn Close, dressed in white, sexual fury personified, holding that huge cleaver in hand.

  • bay-gorgunay-turk
    bay gorgunay turk

    I swear, I have seen Fatal Attraction at least 15 times, and each time I watch it, I am on the edge of my seat. Glen Close does an AMAZING job as Alex, a psychopath, who becomes obsessed with a married man (Douglas.) The first time I saw this movie, I was shocked… Every second something happened that made me become more and more trapped into this movie. Theres the slitting of the wrists, the baby, the Volvo… and who could forget the bunny?? (poor bunny fu fu.) Anyway, for any one who loves thrillers, one-night stands, or thrillers… this is the KING of all others…

  • antero-korhonen
    antero korhonen

    One of the most talked about films of all time, Fatal Attraction, where married men learned a very valuable lesson: keep the pants zipped. I don’t think there was a more talked about film in the 80’s than Fatal Attraction, it made so many people think. It was a very intelligent thriller with great characters and a terrifying story. How many women get rejected by a man and haven’t fantasized about just ruining their lives as revenge? Alex Forrest was the woman who didn’t just fantasize, but lived it. How many men have a woman who won’t let go of them no matter what they do? Even vice versa, but this was the movie that scared men right back into their wife’s arms.Dan Gallagher is a successful, happily-married attorney living in Manhattan when he meets Alex Forrest. While his wife, Beth, and daughter are out of town for the weekend, he has a passionate affair with Alex. Though he thought it was understood to be a simple fling, she begins clinging to him. Dan explains that he must go home and Alex cuts her wrists in a suicide attempt. He thinks the affair is forgotten, but she shows up at various places to see him. She continues to call until he tells his secretary that he will no longer take her calls. She then phones his home at all hours, and then confronts him saying that she is pregnant and plans to keep the baby. Although he wants nothing to do with her, she argues that he must take responsibility. She will do anything at this point to make him be with her, even if it means destroying his family.Glenn Close who had only played the nice girl roles blew everyone’s mind when she played Alex Forrest. What passion she put into the role and part of you couldn’t really hate her. She brings up a great point to Dan “Because I won’t allow you to treat me like some slut you can just bang a couple of times and throw in the garbage?”. Your heart does break for her but at the same time you want to scream at her to let go of Dan and not hurt his family. Michael Douglas as Dan plays the role extremely well. He gives Dan a sense of realism, he’s not a major jerk who just looks for random women, he makes a mistake and owns up to it. He’s still very smart, but very frightened and rightfully so when he learns what Alex can do to him. You believe that he loves his family, he made a bad choice and don’t we all? The consequences were a bit extreme this time. Ann Archer as Beth was not only beautiful, classy, but incredibly intelligent. She makes Beth so real and I loved her line that I found out was improvised when Dan tells her that he cheated “What is the matter with you?!”, how many women or men have screamed that when getting hurt? Ellen Hamilton Latzen as Ellen, their daughter, is one of the best child actors you could imagine. She doesn’t make her character annoying and when she sees her parents crying, she breaks down and you just want to hold her so badly. What talent at such a young age. Fatal Attraction was made so well and the reason why I think it holds up is because it is a very intelligent movie with great characters. You could relate in one way or another. Just a side note, I do wish they stuck with the original ending since it would have made more sense with Alex’s character, I won’t give it away, but it also would have been ironic with her and Dan’s love for “Madame Butterfly”. But people wanted to see Alex get what she had coming after her being named a “bunny boiler”. But trust me when I say this is one of the best movies to come out of the 80’s and I still love watching it.9/10

  • michael-griffin
    michael griffin

    I’ve re-watched it on DVD and it’s still an amazing, unforgettable nightmare film, spawning countless imitators and a multitude of discussion. Glenn Close will forever be identified as the unhinged colleague of married with child Michael Douglas who have a brief fling that Douglas lives to regret. Close should have won the Academy Award for her electrifying portrayal of an attractive, seemingly ground woman who eventually lashes out in acid-spewing, bunny-boiling, knife-wielding hysteria. Douglas is equally effective, beautifully conveying increasing angst and guilt (later he looks sick when he finds his wife chatting with Close). The subject was done before in at least “Possessed” (1947) and “Play Misty For Me” (1971), but not quite as effective and engrossing as this well-directed thriller. I definitely prefer the panic-stricken theatrical ending to the overly low-key and unexciting original cut. See it with a significant other!

  • maj-britt-strand
    maj britt strand

    I had never seen Fatal Attraction until yesterday, but I had already heard about the famous pet rabbit and the closing scenes. No matter – this is one heck of a thriller that combines terrific acting from Michael Douglas and Glenn Close with a thought-provoking story. Douglas’ married Dan Gallagher and Close’s Alex Forrest have a steamy affair while his wife is away. Except that Alex decides that it’s not over. Her Alex is a maniacal nutcase who isn’t above anything to keep Dan for herself, including terrorizing his family and kidnapping his daughter. Anne Archer plays Dan’s wife; it’s a role that many actresses can play in their sleep. She does a fine job, but it’s similar to her roles in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger.There is a larger issue here, though, and one that was discussed when the film was released: Aside from the moral problems of adultery, doesn’t Alex have a point ? Isn’t she entitled to something besides simply being used for a night or two ? The tension in this film is constant, although a lot of it seems too easily foreshadowed. Overall, though, a terrific thriller and a justifiably huge hit.

  • elena-gontsarov
    elena gontsarov

    This is an excellent movie about a pschyo(Close)who falls in love with Douglas and once he begins to realize he’s doing the wrong thing she just won’t leave him or his family alone. It is an excellent suspense thriller that moves like a rollercoaster and and keeps your attention from the beginning credits to the end credits, because the suspense never lets up once Douglas says to Close that he has to leave. This was one of Douglas’ first in the “falling in love with pschyos movies” and it’s the best. Some say Basic Instinct(which was basically all sex and very little suspense)was better, but this one has only one short sex scene and then it is suspenseful for the last hour and a half. It is definitely the best in his string of these kind of movies. Watch and judge for yourself. Ann Archer plays an excellent role as the determined and suspicious wife of Douglas(who pairs up perfect with pschyo Close). After the ending all you can say is WOW. ***1/2 out of ****

  • pani-eva-khudiak
    pani eva khudiak

    You don’t hear much about this film anymore, but in its day, this was the most-talked about movie of the year. It was a ‘favorite topic of conversation about the office water cooler’ for a number of weeks. At the time, it was a shocker. Nowaways…..who knows? As we become more and more desensitized to violence, sex and profanity, it takes a lot more to shock us.Still, this movie had memorable moments that have stayed with us who first saw it at the theater 20 years ago. Most of those memorable scenes, if not all of them, involve Glenn Close’s character, “Alex Forrest.” Man, this is a woman who would not be denied what she wanted: in this case, married man Michael Douglas.No sense going into all the details. Everyone knows them by now, anyway. Looking back, I think the film was a good lesson for men (or women) thinking about cheating on their spouses and assuming nothing bad will happen as a result. Men may commit more crimes, but that old adage about a “woman scorned” certainly is demonstrated here in spades! Douglas’ character, “Dan Gallagher,” certainly can attest to that, but he is anything but a sympathetic character. Both actors do a superb job in here, but kudos also to the rest of the Gallagher family, played by Anne Archer (wife “Beth”) and Ellen Hamilton Latzen (daughter “Ellen.”)Also, the cinematography shouldn’t be overlooked. The widescreen DVD certainly brought out how nicely this film was shot and directed. This two-hour film keeps your attention all the way. The only thing I would change is the language, toning it down a bit. Otherwise, it’s a classic thriller and one of the most famous films in the ’80s.