Paramount Pictures, 1987. Item #037667
Folded. Very Good condition. One Sheet. Dan Gallagher (Douglas) is a successful, happily married New York attorney living in Manhattan when he meets Alex Forrest (Close), an editor for a publishing company, through business. While his wife (Archer) and daughter (Latzen) are out of town for the weekend, Dan has an affair with Alex. Though Dan thought it would be a simple fling, Alex begins clinging to him. Alex's mental instability surfaces quickly when she attempts suicide after Dan explains that he must go home. Dan thinks the affair is forgotten, but Alex shows up at various places to see him. She waits at his office one day to apologize and invite him to the opera Madama Butterfly, but he turns her down. She then calls Dan's office until he tells his secretary he will no longer take her calls. Alex then calls Dan's home at all hours and informs him that she is pregnant and plans to keep the baby. Although Dan wants nothing to do with her, she argues that he must take responsibility. Alex shows up at Dan's apartment (which is for sale) and meets his wife, Beth, feigning interest as a buyer. Later that night, Dan goes to Alex's apartment to confront her about her actions. In response, she replies, "Well, what am I supposed to do? You won't answer my calls, you change your number, I'm not going to be ignored, Dan!" Dan moves his family to the New York village of Bedford, but this doesn't deter Alex. She has a voice recording delivered to Dan filled with verbal abuse. She stalks him in a parking garage, pours acid on his vehicle, and follows him home one night to spy on him, Beth, and their daughter Ellen from the bushes in his yard; the sight of their family life literally makes her sick to her stomach. Alex's obsession eventually turns into madness. Dan approaches the police to apply for a restraining order against Alex (claiming that it is "for a client"), to which a police lieutenant claims that he cannot violate Alex's rights without probable cause and that the adulterer has to own up to his adultery. Alex's rage eventually escalates into madness, slowly exposing her severe mental disorder.At one point, while the Gallaghers are away from home, Alex kills Ellen's pet rabbit, and puts it on their stove to boil. After this, Dan tells Beth of the affair and Alex's pregnancy; infuriated, Beth asks him to leave. Before he goes, Dan calls Alex to tell her that Beth knows about the affair. Beth gets on the phone and warns Alex over the phone that if she persists, Beth will kill her. Alex kidnaps Ellen from school and takes her to an amusement park, buying her ice cream as well as taking her on a roller coaster. Beth is injured in a car accident while searching in a panic for her child. Dan approaches the police about having Alex arrested, but the police still say they lack cause to take action against her, although they can drive by his residence to watch for intruders. Beth is briefly hospitalized and soon released. Beth forgives Dan and he returns home. Angered by what's happened to his family because of Alex, Dan barges into her apartment, attempting to choke her. To the point he tries to kill her, but stops and as he does Alex turns the tables and tries to kill him with a knife from her kitchen. Dan overpowers her, but leaves the knife and quits fighting. However, Alex just smiles, clearly deranged, misinterpreting his actions. Alex then decides to eliminate what she sees as her main obstacle: Beth. While Beth is in the bathroom, Alex attacks her with a chef's knife. Dan hears the screaming and runs in, wrestles Alex into the bathtub and seemingly drowns her. She suddenly emerges from the water, swinging the knife. Beth, who went searching for Dan's gun, shoots Alex in the chest, killing her. The final scene shows police cars outside Dan and Beth's house. As Dan finishes talking with the cops, he walks inside, where his wife is waiting for him. They embrace and proceed upstairs as the camera focuses on a picture on the table of Dan, Beth and Ellen. Directed by Adrian Lyne Produced by Stanley R. Jaffe Sherry Lansing Written by James Dearden Starring Michael Douglas Glenn Close Anne Archer Music by Maurice Jarre Cinematography Howard Atherton Editing by Peter E. Berger Michael Kahn Studio Paramount Pictures Distributed by Paramount Pictures Release date(s) September 11, 1987 (1987-09-11) Running time 119 minutes Language English Budget 'Estimated: $14,000,000 Gross revenue Worldwide: $320,145,693 27"x40"