Fatal Attraction

Continuity mistake: One scene has Glenn Close in bed shot from profile, and the sheet in down exposing her breasts. The film cuts to a frontal shot and the sheet is up around her neck. When it cuts back to profile, the sheet is down again.

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Continuity mistake: In the beginning, Michael Douglas tells Glenn Close that he has a 6 year old daughter. Later in the movie when Douglas is talking to his wife on the phone about the daughter missing school, she says "She's 5 years old, what is she gonna miss, Trigonometry?"

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Continuity mistake: While Dan [Michael Douglas] is listening to the Alex's [Glenn Close] tape in his car, Alex is following him in her car. They both have to drive through a toll gate and slow down so as to throw coins for the toll fee into a funnel. Observe Alex: As she is about to throw the coins, we see her in close up using her RIGHT hand. In the long shot, we see her LEFT hand depositing the payment.

Allister Cooper, 2011
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Continuity mistake: In the last portion of the film, the background shows autumn-leafed trees when Anne Archer drives downtown. When the scene switches to the house, all the trees are lush and green in the yard.

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Continuity mistake: When Michael Douglas puts on Glenn Close's tape in the rental car, the radio is set at 97.1. When he removes the tape, it's at 107.9.

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Continuity mistake: Iron Couple Award: Not necessarily a mistake, but Michael Douglas and Glenn Close start their frenzied lovemaking in the kitchen as a clock reads 4:45, and they're still going at it when the clock later reads 6:15.

Continuity mistake: When Michael Douglas pretends to be hurt in the field, Glenn Close says, "My father died of heart attack," and she has a long earring dangling from her right ear. In the very next shot it's gone. (00:27:05)

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Suggested correction: The earring is still there.

Continuity mistake: Glenn Close changes her dress from the shot where she gets up out of the tub to the next shot where she is shot. The bloodstains on the collar are different. (01:54:10)

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Continuity mistake: While in his first meal with Alex, Dan's collar swaps from being outside to inside his jacket.

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Continuity mistake: At the end of the film during the final confrontation when Michael Douglas first forces Glenn Close into the bath tub only her ankles are over the edge of the tub, however in the very next shot her knees are dangling over the edge. (01:52:40)

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Continuity mistake: There is a scene near the beginning shortly after Michael Douglas and Glenn Close meet. They go to a restaurant and get caught in a rain shower on the way. When they sit down, Michael Douglas is soaking wet. The shot changes from Michael to Glenn and then back to Michael - suddenly he is bone dry. Then the camera goes back to Glenn and then back to Michael and he's soaking wet again.

Continuity mistake: Alex takes the cigarettes out of her bag twice when she and Dan have lunch in the restaurant.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Michael Douglas is listening to the answering machine look at the towel to the right of the paper towel rack. It is moved the next time you see it. (00:22:15 - 00:23:05)

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Continuity mistake: When Michael Douglas is listening to a "deposition" (which is really Glenn Close calling him names, etc.) using his ear phones in his new attic home (just before his wife comes up and finds him), the audio tape is not the same one as he was listening to minutes before in the car! The words are almost the same but the inflections are different.

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Suggested correction: It is the same tape, although a mistake does remain - the tape when first being played in the attic is a few sentences before where the tape should start (without him rewinding it at all).

Continuity mistake: The amount of blood on Dan's face, when Alex slits her wrist, keeps changing.

William Bergquist
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Continuity mistake: The water level was almost but not quite overflowing the brim of the tub when Michael Douglas is pushed in, and the faucet was still running, so there should have been more water on the floor. (01:52:25)

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Continuity mistake: There is a lot less blood on the knife after Glenn Close flings it than there was in the shot before when you see her fall. (01:51:50)

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Continuity mistake: Fred Gwynne's pipe jumps from his hand to his mouth when he and Michael Douglas walk up the stairs to his office.

Continuity mistake: The amount of wine in the Michael Douglas' glass changes in the scene where he is talking to his daughter about rabbits. It fills up without being touched. (00:41:30)

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Continuity mistake: (DVD only) In the new ending, when Alex attacks Beth at the family's home, Beth has bruises and a cast on her arm, obviously a result of the accident she was in a few days ago. In the original ending, presumably taking place within the same time frame, when the cops come to question Dan about Alex's death, Beth is fine - no bruises, no cast, she doesn't even look tired.

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Continuity mistake: In the beginning, Michael Douglas tells Glenn Close that he has a 6 year old daughter. Later in the movie when Douglas is talking to his wife on the phone about the daughter missing school, she says "She's 5 years old, what is she gonna miss, Trigonometry?"

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Trivia: The opera that Glenn Close buys the tickets for is Madame Butterfly. That is the song she is listening to when we see the first signs that she is losing it. Note: At the end of Madame Butterfly the heroine kills herself over a lover. In the director's cut of Fatal Attraction Glenn Close cuts her throat in the bathroom of Michael Douglas' house thereby killing herself over a lover.

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Question: What is the significance of Glenn Close and the color white? I noticed that her apartment is white and with the exception of one scene when she's wearing the black leather coat, she is always wearing white. Any thoughts on this?

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Chosen answer: With questions such as this, one can either speculate, or one can go directly to the source. So, using IMDb, I looked up the names of the crew on "Fatal Attraction." The costume designer is listed as Ellen Mirojnick. The set decoration was the responsibility of George DeTittas, Sr. I found Ellen Mirojnick on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Ellenmirojnick/posts/263462080524551?comment_id=263621453841947&offset=0&total_comments=2┬Čif_t=feed_comment), and posed the question to her. This was the reply she gave: " (I)n our process there is always a purpose for a palette to tell a story dramatically. I chose white for her character because white is powerful and although not essentially a "color" it reflects all other colors, which would in turn reflect where we were in the story. I thought through her silhouettes and use of shades of whites, it would reflect her mood and not give away the demon she kept hidden. WHITE is powerful... As she was!" I have not yet been able to track down Mr. DeTittas for comment. But I have posed the additional question to Ms. Mirojnick regarding whether the color palette motif was a decision shared by different departments on the film. Ms. Mironjnick added the following comments: "she wears white to discuise (sic) her darkness, that somehow is revealed in certain places.. white is all things combined .. it radiatesits (sic) the confusion as if she was in an asylum, but her own."

Michael Albert
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