Fatal Attraction

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Released 1987

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Director:
Adrian Lyne
Released:
1987
Rating:
R

Fatal Attraction is a thriller directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Michael Douglas and Glenn Close. The 1987 hit was released by Paramount Pictures. Dan Gallagher (Michael Douglas) is a lawyer in Manhattan with the perfect family: a loving wife, Beth Gallagher (Anne Archer) and a beautiful daughter, Ellen Gallagher (Ellen Hamilton Latzen). While his wife and daughter are away from the city for a few days, he meets the intriguing Alex Forrest (Glenn Close) and the two debark on a weekend long love affair. Although Dan thinks nothing more of it, Alex begins to cling to Dan and she attempts to kill herself when he tries to return to his normal life. Alex's obsession with Dan and the time they spent together doesn't stop there; she stalks him and his family, running them out of Manhattan and almost ruining Dan's marriage. Alex threatens the lives of Dan's family, and Dan must figure out a way to stop her before she ruins his entire life. Will Dan be able to convince Alex to leave him and his wife alone, or will Alex's fatal attraction win over in the end? Fatal Attraction was nomination for six Academy Awards, including Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Picture.

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  • 90

    Variety

    The screws are tightened expertly in this suspenseful meller about a flipped-out femme who makes life hell for the married man who scorns her.

  • 80

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    Mr. Lyne takes a brilliantly manipulative approach to what might have been a humdrum subject and shapes a soap opera of exceptional power.

  • 63

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Fatal Attraction is a spellbinding psychological thriller that could have been a great movie if the filmmakers had not thrown character and plausibility to the winds in the last mi...

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