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This flick is under-rated and a victim of the era it was released in.
Michael Biehn's pretty good here, one of his first lead roles.
Enjoyably trashy thriller that is vastly elevated by the casting of Lauren Bacall. The story is a pretty uninspiring tale about Broadway star Bacall being stalked by a crazed fan, a young Michael Biehn. While he story lacks any originality it's a slickly made production and there is something really engaging about seeing Lauren Bacall appear in what is essentially a grind house flick. During the finale, seeing Hollywood royalty being tormented in such an undignified manner was a really odd film experience. I was at once extremely put off by seeing someone from the Golden Age of Hollywood treated in such a manner, but at the same time it was terrifically thrilling to see someone as respected as Ms. Bacall placed into a situation that's not that far off from being chased by Michael Meyers or Jason Voorhees or any assorted psychos from a William Lustig film. Directed by Ed Bianchi, who later would go on to be a regular director on some of HBO's finest programs, the film has a strong visual style and generates some genuine suspense. There is also a strong supporting cast that includes James Garner, Maureen Stapleton, Hector Elizondo, Dwight Schultz, Griffin Dunne as a PA and Dana Delany as a new wave saleswoman in a record store. There's also a typically strong flimscore from composer Pino Donaggio
not as good as the book but Biehn is menacing and very good with the obession which consumes him. Bacall is ok but not one of her better films
** (out of four)
Lauren Bacall plays a glamorous actress who takes a new job on the stage in a new Broadway play. She has a huge fan (Michael Biehn) and he is stalking her.
The plot goes about where you'd expect in this average thriller.
Lacks the flavor and mystery of the novel, but is saved in large by strong performances, especially Michael Biehn. The ending is the real nail in the coffin though. They change the brilliant ending from the book and create a bizzarr slasherflick ending.
Though there are a few campy moments (Bacall's musical moment involving a bunch of nellie chorus boys and a round bed being the high point), it turns out "The Fan" is a better movie than I expected (or remembered). Mainly due to Bacall's really fine performance. Yeah, she's a star playing a star, but she doesn't phone it in. She really brings a lot of depth (& history) to the role. Michael Biehn, while very intense, just isn't as creepy as the character should be (maybe cuz he's so damn purty). Is it a good movie? Well, I didn't say that, but it's fun and there are some good thrills (particularly Stapleton's subway scene).
Silly, and woefully miscast (unless they wanted the musical to sound as bad as it did), but really surprisingly fun. Can't imagine I'll watch it again anytime soon, but the camp factor alone makes it worth renting.
I enjoyed this movie. The idea of someone of someone being obsessed with an actor, actress or anyone in the limelight is plausible. The movie presents it well and it was finely acted.
Yeah, it's a typical stalker film but Michael Biehn is creepy as hell as The Fan. And I love it's giallo style. Very evocative. Beihn is a long way from Kyle Reese and Sheriff Hague. VF.