Flashdance

  • Directors: Adrian Lyne
  • Producers: Don Simpson, Jerry Bruckheimer, Tom Jacobson, Lynda Rosen Obst, Peter Guber, Jon Peters
  • Writers: Tom Hedley, Joe Eszterhas
  • Genres: Drama, Romance, Music
  • Actors: Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri

Blue-collar worker, eighteen year-old Alexandra (Alex) Owens (played by Jennifer Beals) is a dancer in a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania bar at night and a welder at a steel mill during the day. She lives on her own in a converted warehouse with her pit bull, Grunt. Her dream is to obtain a place at a prestigious dance school, the (fictional) Pittsburgh Conservatory of Dance and Repertory. During one of her performances at Mawby’s, the bar where she works, she attracts the attention of Nick Hurley (Michael Nouri) who is the boss of the steel mill, and he learns that Alex is one of his employees.

Alex’s best friends also work at Mawby’s, and they have their own dreams of fame. Jeanie Szabo (Sunny Johnson) is a waitress who aspires to be a professional ice skater, and Jeanie’s boyfriend Richie Blazik (Kyle T. Heffner) is a cook who wants to be a professional stand-up comedian. Also prominent in the film is Johnny C. (Lee Ving), who runs the local strip club, the Zanzibar, and is invariably accompanied by his strong but dense bodyguard Cecil (Malcolm Danare). Johnny C. visits Mawby’s to check out the dancers, and tries to recruit both Alex and Jeanie to work at the Zanzibar.

At the audition, Alex falls over at the start of her routine, but starts again and completes the routine successfully. In the final scene, Alex runs out of the Conservatory building with a smile on her face and is hugged by Nick, who gives her a bunch of red roses. The ending of the film does not say directly whether Alex wins a place at the Conservatory as a result of her audition.

Indecent Proposal

  • Directors: Adrian Lyne
  • Producers: Sherry Lansing
  • Writers: Jack Engelhard, Amy Holden Jones
  • Genres: Drama, Romance
  • Actors: Robert Redford, Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson, Seymour Cassel, Oliver Platt

Childhood sweethearts David (Woody Harrelson) and Diana Murphy (Demi Moore) are a married couple who travel to Las Vegas, hoping they can win enough money to finance David’s fantasy real estate project. They place their money on number 8 and lose. After gambling away all of their savings, they encounter billionaire John Gage (Robert Redford). John is attracted to Diana and offers David one million dollars to spend a night with her. After a difficult night, David and Diana decide to accept the offer, and a contract is signed the next day. John flies Diana to a private yacht, and it is assumed that their arrangement is consummated.

Although he had hoped to forget the whole incident, David grows increasingly insecure about his relationship with Diana, consumed with a fear that she remains involved with Gage; this insecurity is heightened by the fact Diana discovers that Gage has bought their home/property while it was going into foreclosure. Because of this tension on their relationship, David and Diana separate. John actively persists and renews his advances on Diana. Although she initially resists, Diana eventually consents to spending time with him, and a relationship develops. David, meanwhile, realizes he cannot go on without the love of his life. When Diana files for divorce, David makes one final attempt to win her back.

John sees how Diana looks at David and recognizes that, even if she stayed with him, their relationship would never achieve the intensity she had with David. In John’s presence, David gives the money away. Then John misleads her into thinking that she was only the latest in a long line of “million dollar girls”. She leaves John and returns to David.

Fatal Attraction

  • Directors: Adrian Lyne
  • Producers: Stanley R Jaffe, Sherry Lansing
  • Writers: James Dearden
  • Genres: Drama, Thriller
  • Actors: Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, Anne Archer

Daniel Gallagher is a successful, happily married New York attorney living in Manhattan when he meets Alex Forrest, an editor from a publishing company, through business. While his wife and his daughter are out of town for the weekend, Dan has a brief affair with Alex. What Dan thought would be a simple fling turns into a dangerous sequence of events when Alex begins to cling to him obsessively.

Alex Forrest’s mental instability initially surfaces when she attempts suicide after Dan explains to her that he must go home and get on with his life. Dan thinks the affair is forgotten, but Alex begins to show up at various places to see him. She is waiting for him at his office one day to apologize and invite him to the opera Madame Butterfly with her, but he turns her down. She then begins to call Dan’s office until he tells his secretary he will no longer take her calls. Alex then starts calling Dan’s home at all hours and then informs Dan that she is pregnant and planning to keep the baby. Although Dan wants nothing to do with her, she argues that he must take responsibility. Alex then shows up at Dan’s apartment (which is for sale) and meets his wife, Beth, feigning interest as a buyer. Later that night, he goes to her apartment to confront her about her actions. In response, she replies, “Well, what am I supposed to do? You won’t answer my calls, you change your number, I’m not going to be ignored, Dan!”

Finally, Alex becomes determined to eliminate what she sees as her main obstacle: Beth. While Beth is in the bathroom, Alex suddenly appears behind her. As she attacks Beth with a chef’s knife, Dan hears the screaming and runs in, wrestles Alex into the bathtub and seemingly drowns her. She suddenly emerges from the water, swinging her knife. Beth, who had gone in search of Dan’s recently-purchased gun, appears in the doorway and shoots Alex in the chest, killing her.