Fatal Attraction (1987) - Drama, Thriller

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A married man's one-night stand comes back to haunt him when that lover begins to stalk him and his family.

IMDB: 6.9
Director: Adrian Lyne
Stars: Michael Douglas, Glenn Close
Length: 119 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 26 out of 214 found boring (12.14%)

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With a restrained rage and intense bravery, she picks up the phone, and says to Alex: "This is Beth Gallagher...

The living nightmare of an otherwise happily married lawyer following his illicit one night stand with a lonely young woman is every adulterer's worst dream of deception and exposure, and for maybe two-thirds of the film the plot is genuinely gripping and even psychologically sound.

I think this movie was thrilling and predictable.

The unfolding of the story is breathtaking, and the denouement is shocking.

I really did like Anne archer too, didn't really think she'd have a very substantial role as Douglas's wife, but her performance really shines and she has some pretty intense scenes that showcase just how good of an actress she is.

He finds himself like any classic film noir anti-hero paralyzed by her spider sting, one that leads to incredible passion, but has a slow acting poison that strikes much later, psychologically, threatening to destroy his entire world.

The movie was ploddingly paced and numbingly predictable.

Nothing happens with her emotions.

Close and Archer made this movie worth watching.

Void of bright colors so that urban scenes turn to a slate texture and the countryside seems a dull grey, the sleek cinematography - sexy at first, perfectly moves toward casting an increasingly ominous eye.

Less believable, perhaps, but more exciting and entertaining (but certainly not outside the realm of possibility, except for one horror cliché).

And while were at it, that bunny business was just a cheap cliché.

Thoroughly engrossing study of a woman obsessed by a man after a one night stand that he deeply regrets ever happened.

Alas, the film is as deep as a puddle and about exciting as watching paint dry.

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.

Twenty years later, this film remains riveting from start to finish and it amazes me how different this film turned out to be from the producers' original vision.

The movie puts into sharp relief the all-too-familiar theme of the cheating husband of the long-suffering and faithful wife with the glamorous and exciting single career woman.

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.

This film is fun, sexy and an Exciting Attraction made of good characters, actors and a good plot which deserved every Oscar nomination it got that year.

I guess as far as suspense is involved, the new ending definitely keeps people on the edge of their seats, and reinforces Alex's damaging nature that is seen throughout the entire film.

Due to all the films it spawned, it's predictable and boring.

Probably the most talked about movie of 1987, this film tells a compelling story and teaches a lesson without being preachy, basically that actions have consequences and some must just be endured because they have been brought upon ourselves.

The dialogs are banal and cheesy – please do not search for 'interpretations', it's silly to construe any.

The story of "Fatal Attraction" is pretty predictable, but it still is damn thrilling.

It's an exciting two hours as we follow a man, played as natural as always by Michael Douglas, starting an affair with a woman, a stunning performance from Glenn Close, who develops an obsession with him, it's very intense as Close creates a psychopathic demeanor for her role that only worsens as the film progresses, the best moments are the two characters simply talking as Douglas tries to make sense of the whole situation.

riveting .

This is actually also pretty trite: animals are always harmed in thrillers as a way to show the villain's increasing capacity for violence.

But the story is ever engrossing.

Dan (Michael Douglas) is believable, bored with his job as a NY attorney, engaging in (what he thinks) is a meaningless affair.

GLENN CLOSE, as Alex, is fascinating to watch, smiling slyly as she plays her dangerous cat-and-mouse game with the young lawyer (MICHAEL DOUGLAS).

Poor Anne Archer gets stuck with a dreary role, that of the victimized wife, and it doesn't come close to taking advantage of her skills as an actress.

Fatal Attraction is extremely entertaining.

This film should keep you on the edge of your seat throughout.

Before that, I was under the impression one could just take it as a highly entertaining, campy fun.

Clearly, what sets this movie apart from the trash it could have been is the strength of the acting, notably Glenn Close, who delivers an absolutely terrifying and morbidly fascinating performance as the one-night stand from hell.

Also the ending was a cop out(the rising from the tub) , VERY Cliché, stupid actually.

This is a suspenseful thriller with edge-of-your-seat excitement that stars Michael Douglas as attorney Dan Gallaher, whose one-night stand with a publisher, Alex Forrest (Glenn Close), comes back to haunt him as he wants to end the fling and Alex keeps stalking him.

In this way the film is very simplistic in its morals and the descent is as predictable as it is unstoppable.

Lyne's film is taut, suspenseful and doesn't browbeat it's moral message (unlike his 2002 film "Unfaithful").

As Alex wobbles out of control and Dan grows in desperation to stop her, 'Fatal Attraction' reaches unexpected levels of tension that rival any other such film in history.

In any case the problem I have with this film is the predictable ending.

Adultery/erotic-drama-specialist Adrian Lyne ("Indecent Proposal", "Unfaithful", "Lolita", etc.) has created another suspenseful thriller with this movie.

The movie as a whole is brilliant, brutal, intense, and wonderfully acted.

After all the build-up, one is left with a predictable, painfully dull, superficial piece of nonsense.

Suspenseful and a good warning for any married man .

Other than that, it was quite entertaining.

The Film holds up very well and can be at times quite suspenseful.

Although it was relatively predictable, if you allow yourself to get swept up by it, it is made exciting by Close's performance.

He can't ditch her immediately because she might tell his wife, see, so the movie grows out of this trite situation.

The story keeps you going and the ending is truly suspenseful.

Director Adrian Lyne (as usual) delivers a gripping, antacid-popping story.

It simple works better as a psychotic woman rather than a man, because a psychotic man with a knife is pretty mundane.

Fatal Attraction starts off innocently enough, but builds into a compelling drama and ultimately an intense thriller.

Her psychosis is explained vaguely, making her all the more mysterious and all the more unpredictable.

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.

Her intense, gritty portrayal of Alex is better than anything I have ever seen.

But instead of the other woman clinging to the doomed affair by living on the periphery of the man's life, Glenn Close's character, Alex, inserts herself into the life of her new married lover, Dan, with a vengeance - literally - wreaking havoc at a level that is terrifying and thrilling.

It is superbly done, with the slow reveal and then the frantic editing between the two discoveries, the wife finding the bunny in the bubbling saucepan and the daughter finding her rabbit missing.

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.

"Fatal Attraction" is by far one of the more engrossing, sexually and politcally charged movies I have seen in quite some time.

Don't waste your time.

Close's slow breakdown is so perfectly handled that I really don't think anyone else could have done better.

Nevertheless the film is gripping and memorable.

Everything is set in rather dull environments: office rooms and bleak city apartments.

Breathtaking Thriller .

Gripping throughout simply because of it's shear believability.

The ending especially had the audience (and me) on the edge of our seats.

For example, during the beginning of the movie where Close and Douglass are together in bed, a slow turning ceiling fan and a pot of coffee burning on the stove both hint towards the dangerous consequences being set into motion.

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.

But there's no large form even scratched here, only bits of banality and cliché.

My biggest complaints are that 1) the ending felt a little too rushed and predictable, and 2) that the kidnapping really didn't serve much of a purpose other than to get Michael Douglas back with his wife for the final confrontation without them actually having to talk about his affair.

It is thrilling to say the least.

From the tacky musical "Flashdance" (1983) and "9 1/2 Weeks" (1986) to "Indecent Proposal" (1993) and "Unfaithful" (2002, which gave Diane Lane an atrocious Oscar nomination for having sex with Olivier Martinez and looking bored/guilty the entire movie), his movies are variations of the sexploitation-fest genre he helped to establish; his only attempts at "serious" cinema ("Jacob's Ladder" and the "Lolita" remake), although not disastrous, showed that he's no Bergman - Lyne should know he'll always be the rich man's Zalman King.

After all those years "Fatal attraction" is still a thriller worth watching .

The aftereffects of the affair become increasingly suspenseful long before any lives are really in danger.

A bored family man with the apartment to himself for the weekend, an obsessive lover, and an unknowing family.

The psychologically sound ending portraying Alex's self-inflicted downhill spiral ending in suicide, was since supplanted with a ridiculous horror movie cliché of a murderous woman out for blood.

Even better is the directing, by Adrian Lyne, who keeps everything moving along in a very fluid and exciting way.

The climax is quite exciting yet the ending on the director's cut , which was the ORIGINAL ending, is much, much more intriguing.

The bathtub scene will keep you on the edge of your seat.

The script is jagged, at times nearly laughable, but still an enjoyable two hours of some amazingly tense scenes handled well by Adrian Lyne, who continues to "wow" us with his beautiful vision and racy talent behind the camera with film favorites like Unfaithful and Jacob's Ladder (two completely different films that highlight his true talent).

The story is fairly intriguing, Alex (Glenn Close) becomes obsessed with a married man (Michael Douglas) after they have a one night stand.

I "saw" everything coming long before it happened, and I was disgusted with the predictable ending.

As gripping and entertaining as when I first saw it....

Michael Douglas was good but Close's presence was just to breathtaking to say that he was anywhere as good as she was.

It's well worth watching.

Exciting and Thrilling, albeit a Far Fetched Finale, .

) The producers of this movie use this shallow and unoriginal storyline as a pretext for showing scene after scene of gratuitous violence which is intended to shock and which after a short while becomes so tedious and predictable that it renders the movie almost laughable.

The screenplay is actually quite predictable and isn't afraid to use some cliché scary tactics (the mirror scene , the rabbit scene) .

Glenn Close who was stunning at playing Alex, the psycho who would take no for an answer!

From the outset, the film runs at a good pace and is compelling viewing.

But the interesting reversal of assumptions (with irresponsible husband Michael Douglas becoming a victim of female aggression) is lost in the contrived climactic bloodbath, during which jilted lover Glenn Close is transformed from a bitter, neurotic woman into a psychotic she-devil (her loft is even located above what looks like a slaughterhouse).

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.

Glen Close's decent into paranoia was gradual, insidious and unexpected.

He did a horrible crime and she's the cliche, cliche housewife who just loves her husband so much.

That's for you to decide, but I agree with the filmmakers that the deleted climax is rather flat whereas the newer ending is simply more entertaining.

dramatic, suspenseful, glued to my seat.

And it's so predictable that it doesn't even supply any decent cheap thrills.

Whether it be "Play Misty For Me", "Once You Kiss a Stranger" or the dozens of other nightmares about the other woman, it's a fascinating warning to the errant husband or the horny bachelor.

Anyway to make it short and snappy it's a great film with great performances, direction, ending and great DVD Features.

The plot is formulaic: Douglas and Archer (his wife) are at a party, he accidentally meets an attractive and icy young professional (Close) and there is instant chemistry.

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.

Glenn Close does a stunning job and Anne Artcher does a cliche and mediocore job.

Fatal Attraction is a stylish, suspenseful, and in many cases plausible thriller that was perhaps a wake-up call to cheating husbands of the time.

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.

Thilling and Exciting.

A once-in-a-lifetime motion picture experience that still holds up as riveting entertainment.

While you're on the edge of your seat, you prefer a more exciting climax.

This movie about adultery, jealousy and a spurned woman's relentless pursuit of revenge is genuinely unforgettable and compelling to watch.

Adrian Lyne's direction is slick and stylish, the acting is brilliant and the story is one of the most suspenseful and intriguing of its kind.

Absorbing, scary and great .

Maybe Alex would appear less as a villain in our days where loneliness and mental troubles are more banal, but "Fatal Attraction" doesn't feature villains or heroes, but mostly people victims of unpredictable, sometimes 'fatal' circumstances, as it happens in real life …

Equally compelling is the consequences of the act.

It is beautifully photographed, well-paced, and suspenseful when it needs to be.

This script is unintelligent and cliche.

Recently I had an opportunity to watch this movie again and, alas, this time I thought the movie was really contrived and dumb.

Anne Archer fares best as Douglas's wife, but the film cheats her in the big scene where Douglas reveals his infidelity by cutting her reaction short and she is stuck looking like a panic-stricken ninny in a completely pointless sequence where Close nabs her child resulting in a hysterical Archer crashing her car rather than contacting the authorities.

Despite a somewhat cliché-ridden screenplay, this movie works thanks to vivid direction by Adrian Lyne and first-rate performances.

The frenetic action scenes are exciting.

A slick uninteresting perfume ad boosted by clever PR .

However the real gem lies in the sterling cast, which has been against all odds to generate a great deal of fidelity to stimulate the flares of lust, possession and destruction (frilled with a somewhat pretentious family value).

But, in general, this is a very entertaining film with a message to convey.

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.

Although it is derivative of Clint Eastwood's "Play Misty for Me", Adrian Lyne's "Fatal Attraction" is still a very entertaining thriller.

Of course, the premise alone is intriguing.

I thought this was a pretty good thriller, it was suspenseful and kept me on the edge of my seat.

Through the years, I've seen it numerous times on TV and rather then growing on me, it's kind of bored me at times.

) This proved dissatisfying to test audiences and so a far more violent and intense ending was shot.

And as she does this, she takes the film to sometimes disturbing, always thrilling levels, and the film itself is an exciting "what if" tale in which a family is put through a test no other can speak of.

I felt Alex Forrest's character development could have been more natural, the obsession she develops for Gallagher is understandable, as well as how her mentality breaks down, but it could have been a more subtle transition, instead of simply turning this woman in to a horror character, we were able to feel for her and the love she had for him in the beginning, until we eventually could not sympathise for her in any way, it became confusing how the director wanted me to view Forrest.

Maurice Jarre gives good thrilling music for the movie which helps explain the mood of the characters and the scene being shown.

It became extremely popular because of the intense love scenes contained in the film and how it was well-directed by Lyne as evidenced by his Academy Award nomination for this film.

but audiences today are accustomed to more extreme stuff and may be bored by this late 80's flick.

Overall, this is an fantastic suspenseful edge of your seat thriller type of movie, which can also be seen as a pioneer of films of this sort.