The Fan

1996, Movie, R, 120 mins


Not to be confused with 1981's THE FAN, in which an actress played by Lauren Bacall is stalked by wacko admirer Michael Biehn, this darkly hypnotic fantasy of obsession and betrayal degenerates at the eleventh hour into a conventional psycho thriller. But until then, it's right on target. Baseball player Bobby Rayburn (Wesley Snipes) is on top of the world: He's rich and famous, he's just signed a $40 million deal to play for his hometown team and the fans adore him. Meanwhile, No. 1 fan Gil Renard (Robert De Niro) has just hit bottom. His ex has a protection order against him, his son's afraid of him and he's just been fired from the company his father founded. To top it all off, Bobby Rayburn isn't sufficiently grateful for Gil's devotion. Director Tony Scott's stylistic flourishes haven't been put to such creepily seductive use since THE HUNGER. leave a comment

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