CATEGORIES Movies"I will not be ignored." Glenn Close's famous line from "Fatal Attraction" could have been the movie's own motto. Love it or hate it, you couldn't ignore it. Upon its release 25 years ago this week (on September 18, 1987) -- and for weeks and months afterward -- you couldn't not have an opinion about the film. Sure, Dan Gallagher (Michael Douglas) shouldn't have cheated on wife Beth (Anne Archer) to have a weekend fling with Alex Forrest (Close), but did he really deserve the punishment Alex meted out when he went back to Beth? Was the movie a metaphor for AIDS? Was it misogynist or man-hating?
"Fatal Attraction" quickly became one of the signature films of the '80s. The movie launched a wave of similar thrillers, in which a yuppie's life is turned upside-down by a vengeful interloper. (See "Pacific Heights," "Cape Fear," "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle," "Single White Female," and many others.) It made a star of Archer, changed the course of Close's career, and helped cement Michael Douglas' image as a certain kind of leading man. It gave director Adrian Lyne a reputation, too, as a sexual provocateur. Yet for others in the cast, it barely had an impact. Here's a look at how the stars and director of "Fatal Attraction" have fared over the past quarter-century.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article referred to Anne Archer as Amy Archer. We regret the error.