I was playing a very specific, deeply disturbed, fragile human being, whom I had grown to love. The film was initially released in Japan with the original ending. In the earlier phase of the film, when it was under the title Diversion , Alex committed suicide in the end. After showing this version to a test audience, they felt this was not a good enough way for Alex to go. Instead, the producers decided to shoot the last scene as a more vengeful and violent death for Alex. I desperately wanted to remind the audience that this character was more self-destructive than destructive.
However, this presented a more traditionalist message to the audience. And she became the most hated woman in America.
After its release, Fatal Attraction engendered much discussion of the potential consequences of infidelity. Some feminists , meanwhile, did not appreciate what they felt was the depiction of a strong career woman who is at the same time psychopathic. The Undeclared War Against American Women , arguing that major changes had been made to the original plot in order to make Alex wholly negative, while Dan's carelessness and the lack of compassion and responsibility raised no discussion, except for a small number of fundamentalist men's groups who said that Dan was eventually forced to own up to his irresponsibility in that "everyone pays the piper".
Feminist scholars have also stated that in many ways the film has used its correlation of career woman to psychopathy in order to create its horror element. As described by Deborah Jermyn, the use of the "monstrous-feminine" as a tool in the s horror genre was a way to portray a man's worst fears', where a woman has rejected familial values and reverted to hysteria, questioning the true values of woman and what it means to be feminine.
The fluidity of these female characters' monstrous and fearful tendencies is what makes the "fear" more real, according to feminist study. The fact that a woman who rejects traditional womanhood for a more career-based lifestyle can swap in just a matter of moments to the "housewife", and vice-versa provides the horror that this movie begs. Women feared both becoming this career-driven "monster" and being the oblivious housewife, while men feared that their companion could in fact be both of these things at once. The film has left an indelible impression on male viewers.
Close was quoted in as saying, "Men still come up to me and say, 'You scared the shit out of me. The film spent eight weeks at 1 in the U. Overall, the film received positive reviews from critics. The character of Alex Forrest has been discussed by psychiatrists and film experts, and has been used as a film illustration for the condition borderline personality disorder. Stalking Narratives and the Law , "Glenn Close's character Alex is quite deliberately made to be an erotomaniac. The popular term "bunny boiler", often used to describe an obsessive, spurned woman, derives from the scene where it is discovered that Alex has boiled the pet rabbit.
As Alex Forrest is portrayed as a psychotic, love-obsessed woman seeking revenge, behaviors that represent stalking are present. According to a study of people conducted by Randy and Lori Sansone, over half of the people who were found guilty of stalking-related incidents also experienced borderline personality disorder among other mental health concerns. It can be noted that Alex Forrest's femininity was seen as toxic and fearful to the people in the film that she interacted with, which is a crucial representation of women as possessive and psychotic when it comes to dominance over a man.
People who experience borderline personality disorder can also have higher risks of issues like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Further, most stalking situations occur from people who were previously involved in relationships with the person who is being stalked, according to research by Spitzberg and Vekslet. These circumstances, Beth and Ellen, are his family, and though Alex and Dan did not have a deep or meaningful relationship, Alex's clinginess caused assumptions of mental health issues.
Alex's representation of poor mental health in this film shows exactly the clinginess and attachment that people with stalking behaviors present. Slitting her wrists and pretending to be pregnant are manipulative techniques that someone with a personality and attachment disorder would use to regain the desired intimacy with a former partner. Women tend to stalk former partners as well as the women associated with those former partners, much like one can see in the film Single White Female.
- Baltic Biographies at Historical Crossroads (Studies in European Sociology).
- Movies in Theaters.
- MINI BOOK The History of the World’s Greatest Meglomaniac Entrepreneur - Ivar Kreuger (History of the Worlds Greatest);
- 11 Surprising Facts About Fatal Attraction | Mental Floss!
- Obras de Emilio Castelar (Spanish Edition)?
American Film Institute recognition. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the film. For the play based on the film, see Fatal Attraction play. For other uses, see Fatal Attraction disambiguation. Michael Kahn Peter E. Film in the United States portal s portal Horror portal.
The View from the Bridge: Memories of Star Trek and a Life in Hollywood. Retrieved 14 February The Journal of Popular Culture. The Backlash in the Movies", Chapter 5 of Backlash: A feminist appropriation of the female psychopath". The Field Guide to Personality Disorders. Movies and Mental Illness: Using Films to Understand Psychopathology. Every Breath You Take: Stalking Narratives and the Law. University of Michigan Press. My sympathy for the bunny-boiler".
Retrieved 20 July Stalking behavior and borderline personality". Personality attributions of unwanted pursuers and stalkers". American Journal of Psychiatry. Retrieved 2 November Retrieved 22 September Retrieved 23 September Retrieved 21 January Films directed by Adrian Lyne.
Diversion by James Dearden. Jaffe and Sherry Lansing. Casting Society of America. Directors Guild of America. This is a well executed film that delivers effective thrills throughout and with a phenomenal performance by Glenn Close; it is a film that is not easy to forget. If you're looking for an effective thriller, then give this film a shot. This was an exciting, pulse pounding film that is elevated by great performances, and although it has a simple concept, the acting makes it worthwhile.
Fatal Attraction is a film that will make you think twice about committing adultery. The only thing that ruins this personally is that I just couldn't buy Glenn Close as some hot woman. Not that Michael Douglas is a catch himself quite honestly, but he had an attractive wife at home, and I couldn't see how he would be tempted by her. I nearly choked at the suggestion that Glenn's character was Hell that's rough looking for 36! Not being horrible, Glenn is a fantastic actress and she plays this role well, but physically all wrong for it.
I would have bought someone like 80's Ellen Barkin here. Once I got over that stretch of the imagination, this was a good movie, great acting from all the cast. Very well done and thought provoking. I have to admit, I found myself pitying both the women more than him bought it all on himself as far as I am concerned. Glenn's character had some valid points about not going away and being ignored. She did lose me at the bunny boiling, though, cruelty to animals, not on.
It did seem to me that all the rage got put onto her and "Michael" pretty much got away with it. Not saying she wasn't tapped, but she clearly needed help, not a married man messing with her head for his own selfish disposal. I can't imagine why his wife took him back. Yes, they went through some traumatic experiences towards the end - car accident, disappearance of daughter, the bathroom scene - but it seems conveniently forgotten that all these events were caused by his infidelity.
How could you trust him ever again?! Good movie, but have to question the mindset of all involved! A classic thriller that set the standards on the stalker, obsessed ex, woman scorned after revenge genre. Quite raunchy for the time it was made. The tension really mounts as Glenn Close's character goes to increasing desperate measures to keep in touch with and get her man. One scene produced a term of phrase that is still used wildly even today for an obsessed ex.
More Top Movies Trailers Forums. Apocalypse Better Call Saul: Season 4 Castle Rock: Season 1 The Deuce: Season 2 Fear the Walking Dead: Season 3 The Walking Dead: Weekend Box Office Results: View All Videos 1. View All Photos 3. 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 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 , Pacific Heights , The Hand That Rocks the Cradle , and Fear James Dearden , Nicholas Meyer.
Fatal Attraction () - IMDb
Michael Douglas as Dan Gallagher. Glenn Close as Alex Forrest. Anne Archer as Beth Gallagher.
Ellen Hamilton Latzen as Ellen Gallagher. Stuart Pankin as Jimmy. Fred Gwynne as Arthur. Ellen Foley as Hildy. Meg Mundy as Joan Rogerson.
Tom Brennan as Howard Rogerson. Lois Smith as Martha. Mike Nussbaum as Bob Drimmer. Michael Arkin as Lieutenant. Jane Krakowski as Babysitter. Justine Johnston as Real Estate Agent. Mary Joy as Teacher. James Eckhouse as Man in Japanese Restaurant. Faith Geer as Nurse. Carol Schneider as Waitress.