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Fatal Attraction

Released 1987
Distributor Paramount

The battle of the sexes goes gonzo in Adrian Lyne’s megahit psycho killer (in the view of one sex) revenge fantasy (in the view of the other). It’s kind of a more manipulative remake of Play Misty for Me. The original ironic ending was jettisoned seven months after it was shot when bloodthirsty preview audiences rejected it. This turned the commercial tide, resulting in big boxoffice and numerous Oscar nominations. The original climax was retained for the Japanese release, where audiences found it satisfyingly fatalistic. Both endings are available on various home video releases.

About Allan Arkush

A record collector and film buff from his early days, Allan Arkush brought his two loves together in directing the cult classic Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Allan’s day job is directing and executive producing television series like Heroes, The Client List and Crossing Jordan.  He has also directed episodes of Ally McBeal, Moonlighting and many other tv series as well as the mini-series, The Temptations, for which he won an Emmy. He wishes that someone would release his 1997 Showtime movie Elvis Meets Nixon on DVD.