• Fatal Attraction (1987)

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: Drama , Thriller

Production Co: Paramount Pictures

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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 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]

  • 75
    TV Guide Magazine

    This story of an extramarital fling that turns into a nightmare begins as a well-crafted psychological thriller but degenerates into a misogynistic thrill-fest in its closing moments. show more

  • 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]

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Awards

Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated Directing
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Winner Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama