Fatal Attraction (1987)

fatal-attraction“Bring the dog, I love animals… I’m a great cook. ” – Alex

Number of Times Seen – Between 3-5 times (Cable in the 80’s and 90’s and 17 Nov 2016)

Brief Synopsis – A lawyer has an affair with a new colleague and must try and deal with things when his new jilted lover begins to stalk him and his family.

My Take on it – Back when this came out nearly 30 years ago, the premise was quite a controversial one.

The fact is tho that in the years since, the themes depicted here have gone so far that this film seems quite tame by today’s standards.

Michael Douglas, who made Wall Street (1987) during the same year feels just ok here and isn’t as convincing as one would hope.

Glenn Close obvious steals the show here and is both sexy and scary at the same time throughout the film.

The story and premise is quite universal and it truly is understanding how such a premise would be able to garner a Best Picture nomination.

The ideas presented here are quite scary and gives people even more of a reason to stay away from extramarital affairs in addition to the standard moral reasons.

Bottom Line – Was much more controversial back when it came out, but the premise is quite tame compared to today’s standards. Douglas is ok here, but not convincing enough, but Close is scary as his one-night stand.  The story is quite universal tho and it’s a bit understanding how this could get nominated for Best Picture. Gives people even more reasons to stay away from extramarital affairs than just the normal moral ones. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Glenn Close still has the knife she used in the movie hanging in her kitchen.  (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy


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6 thoughts on “Fatal Attraction (1987)

  1. Love this film. It’s one of my all-time favorites. I first saw it when it came out in the 80s and it was quite shocking (and titillating, for a 16 year old). Later, in college, I was stalked in real life by a mentally disturbed woman who exhibited many of the same behaviors as the Glenn Close character in the film. While that swore me off this movie for years, about 2001 I could finally watch it again and I still love it as much as the first time despite the fact that it hits “close to home” for me. It’s one of the most quintessentially 80s movies ever made, just in its style, the costumes, camera work, editing as well as its themes and story.

    IMO, the comparisons to other films are inapposite. None of the many imitators quite equalled Fatal Attraction’s power or style. As I recall there was a series of mockeries with the “psycho girlfriend” transposed into something else–psycho tenant (“Pacific Heights”), psycho nanny (“The Hand that Rocks the Cradle,”) psycho stepson (“The Good Son”), etc. None even came close to the original.


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