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Harrowing thriller about the dangers of cheating.
Adrian Lyne's Fatal Attraction is a harrowing thriller about the dangers of cheating that's both seductive for its sultry sex scenes and terrifying for the incredibly deranged actions of its villain. Its middle is a tad inert as it slowly escalates the conflict between a spurned mistress (Glenn Close) and the adulterous husband (Michael Douglas) trying to distance himself from her, however it does build to a memorable, explosive finale filled with emotional-fueled violence. What's strangest about the whole thing is that even if you don't agree with the villain's methods or her reactions, it's hard to disagree with her argument about the double standards that exist for men and women with regard to sex in relationships.
|Michael Douglas||Dan Gallagher|
|Glenn Close||Alex Forrest|
|Anne Archer||Beth Gallagher|
|Ellen Hamilton Latzen||Ellen Gallagher|
|Jonathan Brandis||Party Guest|
|Mike Nussbaum||Bob Drimmer|
|Meg Mundy||Joan Rogerson|
"On the other side of drinks, dinner and a one night stand, lies a terrifying love story."
"A look that led to an evening. A mistake he'll regret...FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE."
Dan Gallagher (Michael Douglas) is a successful, happily married New York attorney living in Manhattan when he meets Alexandra "Alex" Forrest (Glenn Close), an editor for a publishing company, through business. While his wife, Beth (Anne Archer), and daughter, Ellen (Ellen Hamilton Latzen), 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 helps her to bandage them and later leaves. He thinks the affair is forgotten, but she shows up at various places to see him. She waits at his office one day to apologize and invites him to the opera, but he turns her down. She then continues to telephone 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 shows up at his apartment (which is for sale) and meets Beth, feigning interest as a buyer. Later that night, he goes to her apartment to confront her about her actions which results in a violent scuffle. In response, she replies that she will not be ignored.
Dan moves his family to Bedford, but this doesn't deter Alex. She has a tape recording delivered to him filled with verbal abuse. She stalks him in a parking garage, pours acid on his vehicle, and follows him home one night to spy on him, Beth, and Ellen from the bushes in their yard; the sight of their family life literally makes her sick to her stomach. Her obsession escalates further. Dan approaches the police to apply for a restraining order against her (claiming that it is "for a client"), to which the lieutenant claims that he cannot violate her rights without probable cause and that the adulterer has to own up to his adultery.
DVD : 2002-04-16