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Fear (1996)



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Movie Info

Mark Wahlberg stars in one of his first features as a hoodlum drug dealer from the wrong side of the trackswho falls in love with Nicole Walker, an upper-middle-class high school girl (Reese Witherspoon). In this psycho-drama (with the emphasis on psycho), Nicole happily loses her virginity to her first love, but, when she begins to doubt the relationship, his tenderness turns to violence, as he stalks and terrorizes her and her friends and family. The girl's father never trusted him in the first place, but his reservations about his daughter's first serious boyfriend are interpreted as Oedipal paranoia, until the boy and his drug-dealing, date-raping buddies besiege the overly fortified house in a twisted attempt to win back Nicole's love. The Seattle setting juxtaposes a grunge rock underworld with an over-privileged suburban household, and includes a very sexual ride on a roller-coaster. And yes, former underwear model Wahlberg appears shirtless several times. ~ Laura Abraham, Rovimore
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Christopher Crowe, James Foley
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 27, 1998
Universal Pictures


Mark Wahlberg
as David McCall
Reese Witherspoon
as Nicole Walker
Amy Brenneman
as Laura Walker
William L. Petersen
as Steve Walker
Alyssa Milano
as Margo Masse
Todd Caldecott
as Gary Rohmer
Gary Riley
as Hacker
Jed Rees
as Knobby
John Oliver
as Eddie Clark
David Fredericks
as Larry O'Brien
Ravinder Toor
as Counterman
Andrew Airlie
as Alex McDowell
Jo Bates
as Julie Masse
Will Sengotta
as Kid at Door
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Critic Reviews for Fear

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (10)

For a while, the cast is appealing enough, and the design is House Beautiful enough, to camouflage the Fatal flaws that turn the second half into an overblown, predictable snicker-fest.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

One of the all-time goofiest movies, avoiding a tough inspection of troubling emotional speeds and stunted communication to sneeze out a confused, half-realized story of obsession.

Full Review… | February 18, 2013

A throwback to the psycho-sexual thrillers of the 1980s, Fear is sort of a male version of Fatal Attraction

Full Review… | July 18, 2011

Violent creepy-boyfriend thriller without helpful takeaways.

Full Review… | February 17, 2011
Common Sense Media

Though cheesy and illogical, this thriller has charming performances, and an exciting climax.

July 16, 2007
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for Fear

Good thriller, and the movie that introduced me to Reese Witherspoon. Still enjoy it many years later. How did I only just notice David has a Chucky doll in his room!

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


The decent right-side-of-the-tracks family unit is threatened by local not-so-right-side thug types in this thriller that borrows extensively from Peckinpah's "Straw Dogs" (1971). Wahlberg and Peterson do well as the tension mounts for the big winner-takes-all showdown but the final payoff's a trifle abrupt.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


The first hour is nothing to get worked up about, which is why I can't give this a particularly high rating. But do not despair - the ending is sure worth the wait!

Reese Witherspoon's character Nicole can sometimes be downright painfully gullible and na´ve when it comes to all the crap David is shoving down her throat, but hey, let's be honest here: some teen girls really are.

vieras esine

Super Reviewer

Fear Quotes

David McCall: Hey Mr. Walka!
– Submitted by SailorMoon797 F (2 years ago)
Nicole Walker: Everybody says one thing and then does another.
– Submitted by SailorMoon797 F (2 years ago)
David McCall: Nicole, get me a Coke.
– Submitted by SailorMoon797 F (2 years ago)
David McCall: You filthy little whore!
– Submitted by SailorMoon797 F (2 years ago)

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