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: 28 out of 227 found boring (12.33%)

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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

Of course, the premise alone is intriguing.

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

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

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).

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

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.

Adrian Lyne directs such a dramatic and thrilling movie about a man who has an affair with another woman.

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

Don't waste your time.

riveting .

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.

This 'women = good; men = bad' idiocy is old and tiresome, and it does women's cause NO favors.

It is SO juicy and SO thrilling, that after decades rewatching it again and again, it still stands strong today.

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.

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.

dramatic, suspenseful, glued to my seat.

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

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

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

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).

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.

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 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.

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

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

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

This film from the opening is a pact with genuine suspense, genuine drama, and a slow burn to play it all out steadily.

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

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

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

It is thrilling to say the least.

Exciting and Thrilling, albeit a Far Fetched Finale, .

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.

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

A slick uninteresting perfume ad boosted by clever PR .

Nothing happens with her emotions.

The frenetic action scenes are exciting.

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.

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

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

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

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

Close and Archer made this movie worth watching.

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.

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

Thilling and Exciting.

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.

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

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

Suspenseful and a good warning for any married man .

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

It's well worth watching.

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

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

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

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.

This script is unintelligent and cliche.

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

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

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

Other than that, it was quite entertaining.

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.

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

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

Nevertheless the film is gripping and memorable.

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.

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

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

Fatal Attraction is extremely entertaining.

Gripping throughout simply because of it's shear believability.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

But the story is ever engrossing.

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

) 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.

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

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

Equally compelling is the consequences of the act.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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 keeps you going and the ending is truly suspenseful.

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.

A thrilling, dramatic movie.

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.

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.

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 …

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

Juicy and thrilling from beginning to end.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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

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.

Breathtaking Thriller .

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.

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.

The movie was ploddingly paced and numbingly predictable.

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

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