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The Fan (1981)




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In this thrilling adaptation of the story by Bob Randall, Broadway star Sally Ross (Lauren Bacall) is worshipped by ardent fan Douglas Breen (Michael Biehn). Breen's infatuation quickly turns into an obsession, and when his passionate letters receive no response, he snaps. His unrequited love fuels an intense hatred, setting Breen off on a killing spree.

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Lauren Bacall
as Sally Ross
Michael Biehn
as Douglas Breen
James Garner
as Jake Berman
Maureen Stapleton
as Belle Goldman
Hector Elizondo
as Ralph Andrews
Kurt Johnson
as David Branum
Reed Jones
as Choreographer
Kaiulani Lee
as Douglas' Sister
Dana Delany
as Saleswoman
Terence Marinan
as Young Man in Bar
Ed Crowley
as Caretaker
Gail Benedict
as Assistant Choreographer
Griffin Dunne
as Production Assistant
Jean De Baer
as Stage Manager
Liz Smith
as Herself
Jim Wolfe
as Dancer
Thomas Saccio
as Prop Man
James Ogden
as Drummer
Hector Osorio
as Doughnut Vendor
Lionel Pina
as Customer
Miriam Phillips
as Woman on Steps
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Critic Reviews for The Fan

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (1)

What started out as a taut thriller has somehow evolved into unintentional burlesque, with killer and victim functioning as a second-rate comedy team.

December 21, 2015 | Full Review…

As Douglas closes in on his Broadway prey, The Fan ramps up the horror movie tropes just as it ramps up the Broadway schmaltz of the finished show.

August 31, 2018 | Full Review…

Chilling but unrealistic stalker film.

April 29, 2015 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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

October 14, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Creepy Michael Biehn is memorable.

December 18, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Enjoyably campy trash.

March 29, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

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
Veronique Kwak

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read the book instead

jay nixon
jay nixon

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