Fatal Attraction

Release Date: September 18th, 1987

DVD Release Date: April 16th, 2002

R |1 hr 59 min

Plot Summary

For Dan Gallagher (Michael Douglas), life is good. He is on the rise at his New York law firm, is happily married to his wife, Beth (Anne Archer), and has a loving daughter. But, after a casual fling with a sultry book editor named Alex (Glenn Close), everything changes. Jilted by Dan, Alex becomes unstable, her behavior escalating from aggressive pursuit to obsessive stalking. Dan realizes that his main problem is not hiding his affair, but rather saving himself and his family.

Cast: Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, Anne Archer, Ellen Hamilton Latzen, Stuart Pankin, Ellen Foley, Fred Gwynne, Meg Mundy

Director: Adrian Lyne

Genres: Thriller , Drama

Production Co: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Tense , Fall , Marriage , Daughter , 1980s , Wife , Temptation , Husband , Revenge ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    Julie SalamonWall Street Journal

    Mr. Lyne is able to make things look the way they're supposed to look because he trained in the television-commercial world. But he has a hard time getting beneath the gloss. [17 Sep 1987, p.1]

  • 75
    Edward GuthmannSan Francisco Chronicle

    One of the most effective thrillers in years, Attraction did an excellent job of mixing its suspense with trendy issues of sexual paranoia and monogamy. [27 Dec 1987, p.19]

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    Lyne indulges in baroque touches-he is fond of open-grate elevators and water, be it rain or from faucets-but mostly he tells the story in well- tailored vignettes that range from horrifying to humorous. [21 Sep 1987, p.5]

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British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
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British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
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British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
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