At once hailed by movieg rs and reviled by critics, filmmaker Adrian Lyne was an Academy Award-nominated director and producer of such erotically-charged features as “Flashdance” (1983), “Nine ½ Weeks” (1986), “Fatal Attraction” (1987) and “Unfaithful” (2002). Lyne’s films were balanced carefully on the line between art and exploitation – while impeccably polished and produced, his pictures never shied away from depicting the darker – and more titillating – aspects of human sexuality in graphic ways. Although popular with audiences, his films were routinely dismissed as glossy, empty-headed Hollywood product. Lyne responded to such criticism with more arthouse-oriented fare like “Jacob’s Ladder” (1990) and “Lolita” (1997), making him a filmmaker harder to define that critics would care to admit.
Born March 4, 1941 in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England, Lyne was raised in London and studied at the prestigious Highgate School, where his father was an educator. After a brief… read more
Although the film has a distinctly 1980s flair, "Fatal Attraction" is a high-speed ride unlike that of any other film of its time or since. Michael Douglas is unassuming and powerful in his role as more or less a layperson, while Glenn Close is startlingly dark, and frankly, creepy to the max. This film takes you from thinking about that person you had a one night stand with to wondering what will happen after.
If Lyne was allowed to keep the original ending, this film would be exponentially better. What could have been a stellar erotic thriller is reduced to formulaic dreg. Close is mesmerizing and her performance is one of the film's saving graces. I've always see her character as an allusion to the AIDS epidemic which was fairly new at the time and at a fever pitch. Bad things aside, I still do enjoy [most of] this film.
Ultra-lame 'erotic' thriller for the unwashed masses. Ideal horror storyline for right-wing assholes fed on 24 hour news stations in constant fear of outsiders and anyone calling them on their own bullshit. A rich white guy cheats on his wife and bangs a stranger and we're supposed to feel sorry for HIM when she wants payback when he treats her like crap?