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Plot, Details & Awards

Fatal Attraction

R In Theaters 09/18/1987 , 120min.
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Plot & Details

"Fatal attraction" has become a household term for love turned to murderous obsession, thanks to the success of Adrian Lyne's 1987 movie. Dan (Michael Douglas) is a family man whose one-night affair with Alex (Glenn Close) turns into a nightmare when she insists on continuing the relationship, claiming to be carrying his baby. Alex systematically terrorizes Dan, even temporarily kidnapping his daughter, in her attempts to win back his affection. Douglas' besieged family man guiltily tries to preserve his marriage and family from the consequences of his own indiscretion. Close's performance as the love-struck psycho-siren remains her signature role: She conveys the buried feminist message of the film in her challenge to Dan to take responsibility for his sexual behavior. Though many critics acknowlegded the film's striking similarities to Clint Eastwood's 1971 film Play Misty for Me, Fatal Attraction spawned numerous other movies about middle-class families besieged by a lone psychotic intent on infiltrating and destroying the fabric of the family unit, including The Stepfather (1987), Pacific Heights (1990), The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992), and Fear (1996).

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1987 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Glenn Close Nominated
1987 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Sherry Lansing Nominated
1987 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Anne Archer Nominated
1987 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay James Dearden Nominated
1987 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Stanley Jaffe Nominated
1987 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Michael Kahn Nominated
1987 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Peter E. Berger Nominated
1987 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Adrian Lyne Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1987 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Nominated
1987 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Glenn Close Nominated

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1987 Directors Guild of America Best Director Adrian Lyne Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1987 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

People's Choice Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1987 People's Choice Awards Best Picture - Drama Won

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