The Fan (1981)




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Lauren Bacall more or less plays herself in The Fan. Cast as famous Broadway musical comedy star Sally Ross (with an astonishing lack of temperament!), Bacall finds herself the unwilling love object of psychotic fan Douglas Breen (Michael Biehn). As security around Ross tightens, Breen vows that if he can't have Ross, no one else can. James Garner and Maureen Stapleton are underused as, respectively, Bacall's ex-husband and mother-hen secretary. Based on a good novel by Bob Randall, The Fan … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Priscilla Chapman, John Hartwell, Norman Wexler, Diana Hammond
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 24, 2002
Paramount Home Video


as Sally Ross

as Douglas Breen

as Jake Berman

as Belle Goldman

as Ralph Andrews

as Emily Stolz

as David Branum

as Choreographer

as Douglas' Sister

as Director

as Saleswoman

as Young Man in Bar

as Caretaker

as Assistant Choreograp...

as Production Assistant

as Stage Manager

as Herself

as Dancer

as Prop Man

as Drummer

as Hostess

as Doughnut Vendor

as Customer

as Woman on Steps

as Stagehand
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Critic Reviews for The Fan

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Chilling but unrealistic stalker film.

Full Review… | April 29, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An unsettling thriller about a celebrity stalker that only falters at the end. Good work by Bacall and especially Biehn.

October 14, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Creepy Michael Biehn is memorable.

December 18, 2004
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Enjoyably campy trash.

March 29, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Fan


1981 "the fan" is a self-recycling tale of lauren bacall's past stardom, a self-referential parody since it is convinient to barrow her young glamour shots in the flick.

bacall is sally ross, the aging super star who decides to head broadway while she suffers from the melancholy after divorce despite her ex is still escorting her. on the other hand, her number one fanatic fan douglas is running amok becuz the grand sally ross never has time or care to read or reply one goddamned word to him. he blames sally ross' assistant for intercepting his letters, so he teaches her a lesson by disfiguring her. solitude in reclusion and continuous refusals trigger off his insanity, so douglas makes up his mind to go for the extreme to get what he wants most: a responded letter from sally ross.

the flick is corny, and it centers on trivia around bacall more than the lunatic state of the fan. it is partially a melodrama of bacall's november romance featuring her relationship with men, her struggling career and her dazzling musical, occasionally boasted with a cheesy sense of horror which populates in 70s and 80s slasher flick.

it is amazing that bacall still remains a touch of class and a tint of hipster glamour in 1981, but wouln't it be absurd that all sally ross has to do is raising her precious hands to type a letter to stop this dreadful madness but she's not even courageous enough to do so? but she has guts enough to stick a knife in him at the end? typical star with imperious conceits and insoulciant insolence, who takes admiration for granted.

Veronique Kwak

Super Reviewer


read the book instead

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

I saw this movie years ago - I can't remember a whole lot about it other than I've wanted to see it again. I remember getting sucked into it the 1st time & expect nothing less than the same since it has been probably more than 15 years since I have seen it.

Melanie Wirtz

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