In 1987, director Adrian Lyne and writer James Dearden teamed up for the seductive drama-thriller, Fatal Attraction. The movie, starring Michael Douglas and Glenn Close, followed the story of Dan Gallagher – a married man and father, who has a one-night stand with editor Alex Forrest, with disastrous consequences.
In the movie, Dan meets Alex one night while his wife is out of town. The pair get to know each other, spend the evening sleeping together, then Dan goes back to his day-to-day life, and thinks nothing more of the sexual encounter.
However, Alex is not so quick to dismiss their time together and wants to see Dan again. When he tries to distance himself, Alex’s obsession grows, she becomes fixated with him and his family, and everything takes a very dark turn.
Featuring a knock-out performance from Close as Alex, as well as a solid turn from Douglas as Dan, Fatal Attraction is one of the best thrillers from the 1980s. It was the movie which coined the term ‘bunny boiler’, due to an unfortunate incident involving a pet rabbit, and was filled with some sparkling scenes.
The movie also contained some great dialogue, which not only demonstrated the relationship between Dan and Alex, but really plumbed the depths of Alex’s obsession. If you’re not familiar with the film, then be sure to take a look at a selection of the best quotes below, and then make it your mission to give the movie a watch.
Best Fatal Attraction movie quotes
Dan Gallagher – “Why are you trying to hurt me?”
Alex Forrest – “I’m not trying to hurt you, Dan, I love you!”
Dan Gallagher – “You what?”
Alex Forrest – “I love you!”
Dan Gallagher – “You don’t even know me.”
Alex Forrest – “How can you say that?”
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.”
Alex Forrest – “Not yet.”
Dan Gallagher – “Look, Alex… I like you. And maybe if I wasn’t with somebody else, I’d be with you. But I am.”
Alex Forrest – “Please don’t justify yourself, it’s pathetic. If you’d tell me to fuck off, I’d have more respect for you.”
Dan Gallagher – “All right, then. Fuck off.”
Alex Forrest – “You must have to be discreet.”
Dan Gallagher – “Oh, god yeah.”
Alex Forrest – “Are you?”
Dan Gallagher – “Am I what?”
Alex Forrest – “Discreet?”
Dan Gallagher – “Yes, I’m discreet.”
Alex Forrest – “Me too.”
Alex Forrest – (To Dan) “I guess you thought you’d get away with it. Well, you can’t.”
Dan Gallagher – “You’re so sad. You know that, Alex? Lonely and very sad.”
Alex Forrest – “Don’t you ever pity me, you smug bastard.”
Dan Gallagher – “I’ll pity you… I’ll pity you. I’ll pity you because you’re sick.”
Alex Forrest – “Why? Because I won’t allow you to treat me like some slut you can just bang a couple of times and throw in the garbage?”
Alex Forrest – (From her tape, which Dan is listening to) “Hello, Dan. Are you surprised? This is what you’ve reduced me to. I guess you thought you’d get away with it. Well… you can’t. ‘Cause part of you is growing inside of me, and that’s a fact, Dan, and… you’d better start… learning how to deal with it. ‘Cause you know, I… I feel you. I taste you. I think you. I touch you. Can you understand? Can you?
“I’m just… asking you… to acknowledge your responsibilities. Is that so bad? I don’t think so. I-I don’t think it’s unreasonable. And, you know, another thing is that you thought that you could just walk into my life, and turn it upside down, without a thought for anyone but yourself. You know what you are, Dan? You’re a cock-sucking son of a bitch. I hate you. I bet you don’t even like girls, do you? Ha! You disappoint me, you fucking faggot!”
Alex Forrest – “I had a wonderful time last night. I’d like to see you again. Is that so terrible?”
Dan Gallagher – “No. I just don’t think it’s possible.”
Telephone Operator – “Operator. May I help you?”
Alex Forrest – “Operator, I’ve been trying to get 555-812-9212? The recording says its been disconnected.”
Telephone Operator – “Just a moment please.”
Telephone Operator – “I’m sorry, the number’s been changed to an unlisted number.”
Alex Forrest – “Operator, this is a real emergency .You need to give me that number.”
Telephone Operator – “I’m sorry. We’re not allowed to give out that information.”
Alex Forrest – “Well, fuck you!”
Telephone Operator – “My place or yours?”
(Alex slams phone)
Alex Forrest – “Have you ever done it in an elevator?”
Dan Gallagher – “Not recently, no.”
Alex Forrest – “I bet you haven’t.”
Beth Gallagher – (On the phone to Alex) “If you ever come near my family again, I’ll kill you. Do you understand?”
Dan Gallagher – “She keeps calling the apartment. Every time Beth answers the phone, she hangs up. I’m scared, Jimmy, and I don’t want to lose my family.”
Alex Forrest – “You play fair with me, I’ll play fair with you.”
Lieutenant – “Well, whatever resentment she’s feeling, she probably got it out of her system. And any action we take could provoke her.”
Dan Gallagher – “What if she didn’t get it out of her system? What then?”
Alex Forrest – (To Beth) “And don’t you think I understand what you’re doing? You’re trying to move him into the country… and you’re keeping him away from me. And you’re playing happy family. Aren’t you?”
(Begins to slice her own leg with a butcher knife)
Alex Forrest – “You wouldn’t understand that because you’re so… so selfish. He told me about you. He told me about you. He was very honest. If you weren’t so stupid, you’d know that. But you’re so stupid. You’re so stupid… you’re a stupid, selfish bitch!”
Alex Forrest – (To Dan) “Well, what am I supposed to do? You won’t answer my calls, you change your number. I mean, I’m not gonna be ignored, Dan!”
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