Fatal Attraction

Fatal Attraction (1987)

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Visible crew/equipment: A shadow moves to the left of the refrigerator when Glenn Close says "I'm pregnant I'm gonna have our child." Michael Douglas doesn't move out of his position yet. (01:08:30)

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Continuity mistake: At the start of the film we are introduced to Michael Douglas' family life. His wife is in the bathroom getting ready for their night out, Michael is sat on the couch reading and his daughter, Ellen, is sat on the chair watching cartoons. In one shot Ellen is sat on her own, but in the next shot their dog has magically appeared on her lap.

Continuity mistake: As Michael Douglas busts down Glenn Close's door, you to see from the outside it's not latched. But from the inside it is. (00:41:25)

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Visible crew/equipment: When Dan reluctantly tells his secretary that he will accept Alex's phone call, if you look in the top left hand corner of the screen, you can see a boom microphone make a quick appearance.

Continuity mistake: Dan plays the tape that Alex made in his car. He stops the tape when he gets home, and after he gives his daughter a pet rabbit, he goes to his den and puts the tape in the tape recorder and presses play - that's all; he doesn't rewind it - but what he hears is the same bit he heard in the car, which is wrong; the tape should have started play where it left off in the car.

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Continuity mistake: In the party scene the people behind Stewart Pankin on the slow moving food line change it just a matter of seconds from shot to shot. (00:04:50)

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Continuity mistake: In the very first scene we see Ann Archer pulling down a shade from afar with the curtains pulled to the side. Then we switch to her inside the apartment and see the curtains are already closed. (00:02:00)

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Continuity mistake: Quincy is sleeping on the little girl and keeps changing positions on her lap. (00:02:10)

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Continuity mistake: The part in Stuart Pankin's hair keeps changing in the party scene. (00:05:40)

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Continuity mistake: Playland, Rye NY in the spring, summer and autumn. Alex and the girl walking to the Dragon Coaster. It's spring with the leaves in bloom. Then in stock footage of a different roller coaster being pulled to the top, it's fall with the leaves a golden yellow. Then in other stock footage, the trees are a lush summery green. (01:36:35)

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Continuity mistake: The little girl appears to have been given a haircut after we see her at the empty rabbit cage, most apparent when we see her the following morning. (01:27:00 - 01:30:30)

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Visible crew/equipment: When Michael Douglas leaves the car rental there is a guy across the street behind a bus conspicuously watching everything. (01:15:45)

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Continuity mistake: Early in the movie, there is a black clock on the wall in Dan's kitchen that reads 7:50. Later, when he is in Alex's apartment strangling her, the same black clock is now in her apartment and it, too, reads 7:50.

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Continuity mistake: At the end Michael Douglas is standing in front of his home with the door open in the background with the hallway illuminated. The camera angle now switches to inside the house, but he has to enter the house through a closed door.

Continuity mistake: When Glenn Close calls Michael Douglas in the middle of the night, his clock radio reads 2:13. In the next shot, without him touching it, the clock is dimmer and has been moved so we can't see the new time. Then about a minute later, the clock radio reads 2:20.

Continuity mistake: When Michael Douglas comes home the first night after being a bad boy with Glenn Close, he is shown in the kitchen talking on the phone to his wife at a little after 8:30 AM. Not only does he talk to her, but he also has a whispery chat with his lover, walks all about the kitchen, sits at the table, and the time on the clock doesn't change once. (00:22:20 - 00:23:05)

Plot hole: In the kitchen, when Michael Douglas is preparing the hot water for the tea just before the final bathroom fight, there is a shot of him looking up at the ceiling and noticing the leaking water (obviously from the overflowing bathtub). But, he turns back toward the stove and continues to prepare the tea, instead of having an immediate reaction that something is wrong. It is not until the teapot whistles, and his wife screams, that he realizes something is wrong. He should have run up stairs as soon as he noticed the water leaking from the ceiling.

Continuity mistake: In the famous bathtub scenes there's a close-up of Alex's feet with blood dripping on her right foot. Later when we see her in the tub the blood is in a different spot on her foot. (01:51:40 - 01:53:15)

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Continuity mistake: Michael Douglas is going home to Mount Kisco the very very long way down Riverside Drive South. Again Alex's tape hasn't skipped a beat.

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Other mistake: After Michael Douglas visits his wife in the hospital he drives into New York looking for Glenn Close. During the driving scene he is seen to move the steering wheel to the left, but the car turns right.

Alex Forrest: You're here with a strange girl being a naughty boy.
Dan Gallagher: I don't think having dinner with anybody's a crime.

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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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