Fatal Attraction

A glossy, Hitchcock-by-numbers thriller, with Douglas as a happily married New York attorney whose clandestine weekend of passion with business associate Close provokes the wrath of a woman scorned when he tries to give her the brush-off. Angered by his insensitive chauvinism, Close becomes increasingly unhinged, progressing from insistent phone calls to acid attacks on Douglas' car, and finally to physical attacks on his family. Lyne employs the same flashy imagery as in Nine 2 Weeks, but his overheated visual style seems curiously inappropriate to James Dearden's tepid script. The film finally comes to the boil in the brilliantly staged, crowd-pleasing finale - a nail-biting showdown between a knife-wielding Close, a frightened wife and an enraged Douglas. A predictable dog's dinner of Pavlovian thriller clich├ęs, this will appeal strongly to those who think women should be kept on a short lead.

Release details

Duration: 120 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Adrian Lyne
Screenwriter: James Dearden
Cast: Michael Douglas
Glenn Close
Anne Archer
Ellen Hamilton Latzen
Stuart Pankin
Ellen Foley
Fred Gwynne
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