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Bad Influence (1990)

A soft and hesitant young man is in danger when tries to break toxic relationships with a mysterious stranger claiming to be his friend.

Director:

Curtis Hanson

Writer:

David Koepp
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Lowe ... Alex
James Spader ... Michael Boll
Lisa Zane ... Claire
Marcia Cross ... Ruth Fielding
Rosalyn Landor ... Britt
Tony Maggio Tony Maggio ... Patterson
Palmer Lee Todd Palmer Lee Todd ... Naked Woman
Kathleen Wilhoite ... Leslie
Sunny Smith Sunny Smith ... Waitress
Susan Lee Hoffman ... Karen, Woman in Bar
Jeff Kaake ... Willie, Man in Bar
Christian Clemenson ... Pismo Boll
Charisse Glenn Charisse Glenn ... Stylish Eurasian Woman
Jay Della Jay Della ... Chez Jay Bartender
Inger Lorre Inger Lorre ... Band Member
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Storyline

Michael, a wimpy young executive, is about to get pulverized by a jealous boyfriend in a bar when a handsome, mysterious stranger steps in--and then disappears. Later that night, while jogging, Michael runs into the stranger on a pier. He introduces himself as Alex, and the two go out to an under- ground club. Within a matter of days, Alex wheedles his way into Michael's life and turns it upside down, and Michael doesn't realize that Alex is a dangerous sociopath until it's too late. Written by Denise P. Meyer <dpm1@cornell.edu>

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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cattive compagnie See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,822,019, 11 March 1990

Gross USA:

$12,626,043

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,626,043
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Nicolas Cage and Kevin Costner were considered to play Alex. See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie when Michael is in the bar drinking a beer the glass is nearly empty. When it cuts to Michael getting his head slammed against the table the glass is suddenly almost full. See more »

Quotes

Michael: [With a knife pressed against his Alex's neck] You're going to die with your mouth shut
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Alternate Versions

The Australian theatrical release was cut to secure an M rating. Much of the sex tape sequence, the discovery of Claire's body and the sequence where Alex tries to blow up Michael's car were cut. These sequences were fully restored for the R rated video release and, oddly enough, the M rated DVD release. See more »

Connections

References Psycho (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

WHO'S LAUGHING NOW
Written and Performed by Skinny Puppy
Produced by David Ogilvie and Cevin Key
Courtesy of Nettwork Productions Ltd./Capitol Records
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In bad company.
7 August 2008 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Some people have got that influential touch that can bring any one out of their comfort zone. There are risk takers and those you play it safe. It's matter of personal choice. The clinically dark yuppie thriller 'Bad Influence' takes on a psychological power play between an enigmatically bold drifter (a tremendously venomous Rob Lowe) and a pinned-down marketing analyst (suitably acted by James Spader). Watch how the relationship grows and slowly treads dangerous ground, as the dream of being confident and striving to overcome one's fears is manipulated into a tormented nightmare of aggression and punishment for simple, ungraspable fulfilment for one's own gain. It's a game on someone's life and Lowe's icy portrayal of the controlling puppeteer works effectively. Sure the fundamental storyline isn't anything new (an old formula ala noir going contemporary) and some plot avenues seem a little too glossed over and hard to fathom, but Curtis Hanson's daringly sharp and tight direction cements intense empowerment and morbid curiosity in certain visual suspense. Using an almost voyeuristic approach he draws upon unearthing the violence, drug habit and sleaze trying to hide behind a materialistic obsessive society. Fascinatingly slick and stylish, and the cruise-like pace moves along well enough. The soundtrack has that steamy, on edge kick that doesn't show its age. Also for one in this time period, it's strangely underplayed and kept in the background. The support cast play trumps to Lowe and Spader, but Lisa Zane titillates in her all too short of a role. Fashionably entertaining psycho-thriller.


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