|THE FAN (director/writer: Edward Bianchi; screenwriters: from a novel by Bob Randall/Priscilla Chapman/John Hartwell; cinematographer: Dick Bush; editor: Alan Helm; music: Pino Donaggio; cast: Lauren Bacall (Sally Ross), Michael Biehn (Douglas Breen), James Garner (Jake Berman), Maureen Stapleton (Belle Goldman), Hector Elizondo (Raphael Andrews), Kurt Johnson (David), Dana Delaney (Record Clerk); Runtime: 95; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Robert Stigwood; Paramount; 1981)|
|"Chilling but unrealistic stalker
by Dennis Schwartz
based on the 1978
novel by Bob Randall.
Director Edward Bianchi ("Off and
Running"), a former director of TV commercials, in his
directorial debut, helms this chilling but unrealistic
stalker film that he co-writes with Priscilla
Chapman and John
Hartwell. There's nothing much
to ponder about a psycho admirer stalking a famous
actress, especially when there's nothing more to it.
glamorous but aging self-absorbed middle-aged
Hollywood star Sally Ross (Lauren Bacall) is to star
in an upcoming Broadway musical and is nervous about
it. She's divorced from the hubby Jake Berman (James
Garner) she still loves, and is now pestered by a
young fan, Douglas Breen (Michael Biehn). He's a record
store clerk who bombards her with personal fan letters
and requests for photos. When Sally's sassy assistant
Stapleton) stops answering him, the
rebuffed fan slashes her on the subway and becomes
increasingly more delusional and dangerous to the
film is all about the Bacall character coping with the
theater and her personal life problems. The other
characters just seem like props, who are around only
to fill in gaps in the story. There's the younger
boyfriend played by Kurt Johnson and the ineffectual
but genial police inspector played by Hector Elizondo.
the film's seediest scenes features a throat slit in a
gay bar during a blow job.
had little to do in his meaningless role as a
Hollywood director. Afterwards, the insulted star,
said he only took the part because Bacall asked him
to. It was released shortly after John Lennon was
REVIEWED ON 4/26/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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