Bad Influence

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Curtis Hanson
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
99 min

(turns on tap)

He's in a meeting, Michael.

Do you know that the third quarter

of schedule 47 is gone?

lt's 60 million in currency purchases

outlined, and it's gone.

- lt was a pleasure.

- l'll see you again.

Hey, what's goin' on?

Schedule 47 is off the computer.

- Did you check the backup file?

- Gone. Both gone.


l'm sorry. l wish l could help you, Michael.

- No, l'm sorry. l can't believe...

- lf you didn't get it done in time,

l suppose l can get Howard to pull me off

what l'm doing to give you a hand.

lf you really want me to, that is,

but it doesn't look too good.

The only people that have access to

that file are me and Leslie, Britt and you.

lf you're trying to say something,

why don't you just come out and say it?

- Michael, did you find it?

- No calls.

Oh, Michael, your... Michael?

(mutters under his breath)

l just can't believe it.

- Forget it was Thursday?

- Jesus, you scared me.

Sorry. Are you ready for lunch?

l have to get back.

Oh, lunch. Jesus, l...

- You're not gonna cancel?

- No. l just haven't felt...

- Should l cancel dinner with my parents?

- No, of course not. l wanna do that.

They're a drag, but they have been sweet

about the wedding plans.

Which reminds me,

l'm having second thoughts.

- You are?

- God, that sounded terrible.

l just meant that October might not

be good for me. How's November for you?

Fine. November's fine.

Oh, l'm sorry, sweetie.

l didn't mean to scare you.

No, don't be silly. You didn't scare me.

l absolutely, positively

wanna get married...

this year.

And l absolutely, positively

wanna have a baby...

- next year.

- Ooh.

- What is it, Michael?

- Ooh. lt's my stomach.

l just feel like l can't breathe sometimes.

lt's just a stupid thing.

Do you want me to call

my father at the hospital?

- No, l'm all right.

- Better?

Yeah. Yeah.

l know you better than you know yourself.

These attacks are work related.

Not even 30, and you're

gonna be senior analyst.

- Someone is gonna be senior analyst.

- You know it will be you.

You're successful, for God's sake.

Try to relax and enjoy it.

All right. Yeah, you're right.

- lf you're feeling better, l have to get back.

- No, no, l'm fine. You should go.



- Call me tonight?

- Sure.

Yeah. That'd be good.

Oh, Christ!

( ''Spiritual Healing'' by Toots)

(barmaid) Hi. What can l get ya?

(woman) Bourbon and water.

- $2.75.

- l can't find my damn wallet.

lf you could wait just a minute, please.

- Here you go.

- Thanks.

Looks like you're having

the same kind of day l am.

For your sake,

l hope your day was nothing like mine.

Supposed to be at the office?


Should've gone to Disneyland.

As a kid l wanted to get right off the boat

in the middle of Pirates of the Caribbean.

Just live there.

Son of a... b*tch!

- You can't walk away from this, Karen.

- Not here, OK?

- What's he lookin' at?

- Take it easy, Will. He's just some drip.

- Thank you.

- He just bought me a drink, OK?

Why don't you take a hike, pal?

This is a public bar.

l can have a drink here, can't l?

- Jesus, Willie. Not again.

- You should've taken a hike.

- Jesus, all right. l just helped the girl...

- Now it's too late.

- Let him go.

- Yeah? What are you gonna do?

Let's find out.

Come on. Get the hell outta here.


(door unlocking)

(door shutting)

(fiance) Hi, sweetheart. l wanted

to see if you were better. Call me later.

- (beep)

- Hello? lt's Pismo.

l have to ask you something.

l'm coming over.

- (beep)

- Michael, it's Howard.

Patterson thinks there's some problem

with your schedule 47. Not true, is it?

By the way,

where were you this afternoon?

- When did you get this?

- (Michael) Two weeks ago.

- Why did you get this?

- l don't know. lt was on sale.

- Do you need it?

- That's not the point.

Better give it away to somebody.

Cut your losses.

- You're not making sense.

- Your life makes too much sense already.

You'll have an espresso machine

by next year.

- Pismo, what do you want? l gotta go.

- Why the rush all the time?

l left my wallet at the beach.

Better find your credit card so you

can charge some more video cameras.

You needed to ask me something.

Do you need money again?

- Why do you assume l need money?

- Do you?

- Yes.

- Fine. l'll write you a cheque.

You know what really drives me nuts?

You don't respect me.

l'm your older brother, your only brother!

- Don't do this.

- lt's true.

l just think you could do better than sitting

around smoking pot all day, that's all.

Does that mean l have to

just because l could?

Who says l could anyway?

l couldn't get a decent job

to save my life, and you know why.

Eight years ago. Six months

for possession. Nobody cares.

lt was dealing. Those people never forget.

- Hey, l'm out there trying.

- God.

Look, do we have go through this

every single time l loan you money?

lt's no big deal, all right?

Come on.

l'll call you if your wallet turns up,

but don't hold your breath, OK?

- And that's my office.

- OK.

Thank you.

(woman) l know you didn't want me to,

but l brought you something.

lt's just such a nightmare. This is

taking a lot longer than l had planned.

You really don't have to.

l want to. Please.

(man) You're so sweet.


You're the guy from the bar, right?

The guy with the bottle, right?


- l'm Michael. Why did you leave so fast?

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David Koepp

David Koepp is an American screenwriter and director. Koepp is the fifth most successful screenwriter of all time in terms of U.S. box office receipts with a total gross of over $2.3 billion. more…

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