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Bad Influence (1990)

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 ... See full summary »

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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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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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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

Lowe wore a glove on one hand to smear blood on the wall of Michael's apartment. In the following scene, the glove switched hands. See more »

Quotes

[over loud live music]
Michael: Who is this band?
Alex: The Nymphs.
Michael: ...Nymphs!
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Alternate Versions

UK version is cut by 28 sec. to remove "dangerous imitable technique" during the scene where Alex attempts to kill Michael by connecting the car lights to the petrol tank. See more »

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Soundtracks

THE HIGHWAY
Written by Inger Lorre and Jet Freedom
Performed by The Nymphs
Produced by Earl Mankey
Courtesy of David Geffen Company
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Beyond good and evil
8 November 2000 | by russmillerwySee all my reviews

This is the most textbook demonstration of Nietzsche I've ever seen. Rob Lowe is the gifted liar prepared to go all the way to get whatever he wants and keep himself entertained. Spader is the timid, uptight yuppie who doesn't understand just how much he's in for when Lowe's "will to power" rubs off on him. What ensues would bring anybody back to good old fashioned organized religion. A morality play taken to extremes that nonetheless works as a thriller, too. Worth seeing. 8.


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