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Fear (1996)

Mark Wahlberg , Reese Witherspoon , James Foley  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Reese Witherspoon, William Petersen, Alyssa Milano, Amy Brenneman
  • Directors: James Foley
  • Writers: Christopher Crowe
  • Producers: Brian Grazer, Ric Kidney
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: October 27, 1998
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 078322933X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,286 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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    Two years before he let it all hang out in Boogie Nights, former rapper and Calvin Klein underwear model Mark Wahlberg played the psychotic boyfriend in this derivative but surprisingly effective thriller, aptly described by producer Brian Grazer as "Fatal Attraction for teens." Reese Witherspoon plays Nicole Walker, the unwitting teenager who gets the hots for David McCall (Wahlberg). David only seems like a nice guy until he gets upset by the girl's overly protective father. That's when hell breaks loose and the love-struck Romeo turns into a deadly threat who just won't go away. You'd think this kind of material would be beneath the talents of a fine director like James Foley (whose credits include At Close Range and Glengarry Glen Ross), but Foley gives the film just the right blend of style and tension to match Wahlberg's breakthrough role as an all-too-believable teenage maniac. You might feel silly afterwards, but don't be surprised if you find yourself getting caught up in the expertly manipulative suspense. --Jeff Shannon

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    First love can be innocent or intense, intoxicating...or insatiable. Mark Wahlberg, Reese Witherspoon and Alyssa Milano star in this riveting suspense-thriller about a passionate romance that soon becomes a deadly obsession. Nicole Walker (Witherspoon) always dreamed of being swept away by someone special - someone strong, sexy and sensitive who would care for her more than anything else in the world. David (Wahlberg) is all that and more: a modern-day knight who charms and seduces her, body and soul. But her perfect boyfriend is not all he seems to be. His sweet facade masks a savage, dark side that will soon transform Nicole's dream into a nightmare. Also starring William Petersen and Amy Brenneman, and featuring a killer soundtrack, this provocative thriller will lure you past the brink of terror and keep you on the edge of your seat!

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    45 of 52 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars "Weak walls", strong movie! November 26, 2003
    By Ryan
    Format:DVD
    When you see a movie edited on tv and you say "I have got to own this movie!" then you know that it is really good. I was afraid to commit to it since it seemed like a CRUSH rip-off and I didn't want it to outstand my beloved favorite movie. It didn't. But, it's still a creepy little thriller about obsession, love and murder.
    Meet Nicole Walker. A 16 year old girl with sex on her mind. Her father just married a woman and has a new stepbrother. Her girlfriend Margo Masse and her friend Gary decide one day, to be late for school and to go get some food at a gritty coffee shop. Nicole glances at David but doesn't really meet him until a party later that night. When the party becomes a riot, Nicole escapes with David to sit around and talk. It's love at first sight.
    One night, Nicole tells David that she's ready to have sex. He says he's with some friends and has to do something. She tells him it's alright and to come over after and she tells him the code to the front door. Well, David comes in and they have sex. A day later or so, David goes to Nicole's school to pick her up, he see's Gary hug her. Not good in David's eyes. He goes over and beats the crap out of Gary and in the process, hits Nicole in the face, giving her a black eye.
    Nicole's father is more than pissed. David seems to give him the creeps. When he confronts David, David says "You know, Mr. Walker-you really aren't a f***ot." Mr. Walker tells David to stay away from Nicole. After Mr. Walker leaves, David starts hitting himself in the chest. He tells Nicole that her father hit him. So she runs off with David, feeling sorry for him. He asks her if she wants to go to a party when he brings her back to her house. She tells him no. But after a few seconds, when he leaves, she decides to drive over herself.
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    18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy, predicatable....yet oh so watchable August 28, 2004
    Format:DVD
    You just know when you see photo booth snaps of Nicole and David (Reese Witherspoon and Mark Wahlberg) kissing and snuggling cleverly juxtaposed with David's jailhouse mugshot on his bedroom wall...this won't be a cinematic enigma wrapped in a riddle. Fear certainly doesn't require much thought on the part of the moviegoer.

    But it isn't entirely bad though, if you are prepared for predictable teen angst and psycho boyfriend antics. Reese Witherspoon plays the virgin nymphet Nicole Walker, desperately pining for brooding bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks David McCall, deliciously played by Mark Wahlberg. With the help of "gets around" pal Margo (Alyssa Milano), Nicole soon begins to develop a close bond with David, and (surprise surprise) even loses her virginity to him.

    But of course, no such plot would be complete without the overprotective father, played by CSI's William Petersen. Suspicious of his daughter's new boyfriend from the start, he forbodes their relationship from the very beginning. That's when things go "psycho"...

    David quickly begins to sport the crazy-serious-insane-obssessed face whenever any other guy goes near Nicole or when her father tries to keep them apart. Where does this get everyone? In a whole mess of unbelievable trouble that will leave the moviewatcher saying "hello? this would never happen!" while watching the movie through their hands.

    All in all, not a terrible flick. The ending definitely could have had better closure, but you can't expect too too much given the corny plot. Oh, and of course, you get to see Mark Wahlberg without his shirt on. That, in itself, makes the movie worth at least one look. :)
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    Format:DVD
    While this movie had mixed opinions from critics, I thought it was thoroughly underrated. I didn't really see what this movie didn't have to please people around the globe. It had a story, and an intriguing one at that, it had a lot of genres to mix its story up in, it had well-developed characters - especially the character of the father - and it had excellent direction, acting and a great script that explores further into the world of terror. The film succeeds highly because of its characters and the original bunch they are. Reese Witherspoon plays the short-skirt wearing, blonde-haired and extremely family-bound and nice young girl that gets involved with a psychopath and doesn't know how to take it. Mark Wahlberg plays this psychopath excellently, his character is someone obsessed with Witherspoon's character and we will go to any great lengths to protect her and assure that his and her relationship is safe. And then he gets violent, very violent, and the outcome is horrifying. The father is not the most original character in the film, but the most developed. He is the caring, brave and extremely clever dad who wants the best for his daughter but doesn't want to hurt her. Anyway, enough about the characters. The rest of the movie rocks too - the script is surprisingly original for its premise, taking the boy-meets-girl, girl-dumps-boy, boy-gets-angry angle to new areas in psychological horror. The suspense scenes are incredibly tense and the movie has some gut-wrenchingly scary but incredibly good ideas. I really enjoyed the director's point of view and liked the way he built his film as each of the characters slowly drifts off. I appreciated this thriller a lot and think it is worth your time, but beware, you're in for a pretty darn scary and atmospheric ride!
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    All is well. Thanks, LT
    Published 1 day ago by LT
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Loved it.
    Published 1 day ago by Roxanne Langlois
    2.0 out of 5 stars Bad
    Case was damaged which caused scratches before I touched it... Lucky I LOVE this movie and can't find it in stores
    Published 2 days ago by Gary Martin
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie.
    I have always liked this movie and finally purchased it. It is pretty violent, but interesting. I have always liked Reese Witherspoon in everything she is in.
    Published 5 days ago by Amy
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    :)
    Published 7 days ago by rachel summers
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    excellent condition
    Published 8 days ago by Deejay prater
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Love it xx
    Published 10 days ago by Tracey Smith
    5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite
    This is one of my favourite movies!! A young Reese Witherspoon AND a young Mark Wahlberg.
    Published 16 days ago by Bee
    5.0 out of 5 stars fear is one of Mark walbergs first movies it was awesome i mean i saw...
    Fear is one of Mark wahlbergs best
    movies i mean i can't believe how long ago this movie was made look how young Mark is in here is about how he meets Reese Witherspoon she's... Read more
    Published 20 days ago by thomas henry
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good Suspense Movie
    This is an older movie, the first one I saw Mark Wahlberg in. I thought it was a good story that really makes you think that it could happen to you and how would you handle the... Read more
    Published 23 days ago by Gary Phipps
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