Bad Influence (film)

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Bad Influence
Bad Influence Film Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Curtis Hanson
Produced by Steve Tisch
Written by David Koepp
Starring Rob Lowe
James Spader
Music by Trevor Jones
Cinematography Robert Elswit
Edited by Bonnie Koehler
Epic Productions
Distributed by Triumph Releasing Corporation
Release dates
March 9, 1990
Running time
99 mins.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $7 million
Box office $12,626,043

Bad Influence is a 1990 American film starring Rob Lowe and James Spader. In this noirish film, Spader plays a yuppie who meets a mysterious stranger (Lowe) who encourages him to explore his darker side. Bad Influence was the first original screenplay for which David Koepp received a sole screenplay credit. The film's villain is loosely based on a real person, a nomadic surfer who befriended executive producer Morrie Eisenman.[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]


Michael, a shy, socially awkward doormat, meets the extroverted Alex who teaches him to be assertive and take risks. Things go too far however, when they go on a drug-fueled crime spree and assault a coworker Michael dislikes. When Michael wants out, Alex takes it upon himself to convince Michael to reconsider his decision - one way or another.



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  1. ^ "Bad Influence (1990)". Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Ebert, Roger. "Bad Influence". Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Canby, Vincent. "Bad Influence (1990)". Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bad Influence (1990)". Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Bad Influence (1990)". Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "BAD INFLUENCE". Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Bad Influence (1990)". Retrieved 1 January 2014.