The Fan (1981 film)
Promotional movie poster for The Fan
|Directed by||Edward Bianchi|
|Produced by||Kevin McCormick (Executive Producer)|
|Written by||Bob Randall (novel)
John Hartwell (screenplay)
|Music by||Pino Donaggio|
|Edited by||Alan Heim|
The Fan is a 1981 thriller about a stalker menacing a movie star. It stars Lauren Bacall, Michael Biehn, James Garner and Maureen Stapleton. It was written by Priscilla Chapman and John Hartwell, based on the novel of the same name by Bob Randall, and directed by Edward Bianchi. It was released on May 15, 1981 by Paramount Pictures. The film was nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Original Song for "Hearts, Not Diamonds".
This movie received a lot of attention because it was released a few months after the murder of John Lennon, who was shot to death by Mark David Chapman, a former fan, outside his apartment building The Dakota, a building which Lauren Bacall has long resided in. However, it was a critical and commercial failure.
The Fan was shot in New York City from March 31, 1980 to July 1980.
Douglas Breen (Michael Biehn) is a deranged young record salesman who is obsessed with glamorous stage and screen star Sally Ross (Lauren Bacall). He has been writing obsessive fan letters to her and when Sally's secretary (Maureen Stapleton) disregards the letters, deeming them not worthy of Sally's time, Douglas feels he is being ignored and decides to take whatever steps are necessary to eliminate the people who stand between him and his favorite star.
- Lauren Bacall as Sally Ross
- James Garner as Jake Berman
- Maureen Stapleton as Belle Goldman
- Michael Biehn as Douglas Breen
- Hector Elizondo as Inspector Andrews
- Anna Maria Horsford as Emily Stolz
- Kurt Johnson as David Branum
- Feiga Martinez as Elsa
- Reed Jones as Coreographer
- Kaiulani Lee as Douglas' Sister
- Dwight Schultz as Director
- Dana Delany as Saleswoman in Record Store
- imdb, Kevin McCormick
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- Wilson, John (2005). The Official Razzie Movie Guide: Enjoying the Best of Hollywood's Worst. Grand Central Publishing. ISBN 0-446-69334-0.
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