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In. Fatal Desire TV Movie. Hide Spoilers. MagicStarfire 3 April I watched this film because Eric Roberts stars in it. He is one of my fave actors. Although Eric is probably approaching 50, he still looks very handsome and sexy, and has obviously kept himself in shape - as evidenced by some shirtless scenes where he looks darn good. Eric, who is sadly underrated as an actor, in my opinion, does a fine job in this romantic thriller.
Eric plays a character named Joe, a guy who works in a casino in Atlantic City.
A newly divorced dad, he's ripe for a new relationship and finds it with a gal named Tanya Anne Hechewho calls herself sexykitten on-line. That's right, they meet via the Internet. Joe and Tanya I noted the characters names evidently were changed since the list of the cast was first given to IMDbquickly become enamored with one another and he is anxious to meet her in person. She arrives in Atlantic City and fireworks happen. There are a few little problems for the lovers, however. Tanya confesses to Joe that she is married, and eventually tells Joe her husband, Mark, is physically abusive to her.
Joe has had a few problems himself along the way, and he is sympathetic to Tanya's situation. They stay in touch after she returns home to Pittsburgh. Joe wants Tanya to leave her husband, but she is reluctant and fearful.
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Things become more intense when threats, and violence occur, followed by some unexpected revelations. The film was well-paced, entertaining, and held my interest throughout.
Was this review helpful? MarieGabrielle 10 January This was based on the true story of Tanya Sullivan, and how she set up an acquaintance she met while searching an online dating service. Anne Heche is very good as the lead, a selfish, bored and somewhat disturbed housewife in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Eric Roberts becomes enraptured, he is a retired New Jersey cop who works as a pit boss in Atlantic City.
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His life has unraveled, and he sees Tanya as an answer to his depression. While the locations and facts may have been altered to protect the guilty in this case, the story is intriguing in that we see the initial meeting, infatuation, and story-telling that often exists. Eric Roberts is a sympathetic character, in that he thinks he has found true love.
Overall a good story worth watching. I saw this film last night when it premiered on the Lifetime network and was very impressed with it. It was absolutely superb from start to finish. It stars Eric Roberts and Anne Heche, two excellent actors who give a tour de force performance here. To say that their performances are outstanding would be an understatement. They played their respective characters with such realism and believability, I almost forgot that I was just watching a movie.
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Based on a true story, the film explores the perils and pitfalls of looking for romance on the Internet. In this, it shares a similarity with another film that Lifetime showed in Although that film used the personal medium as its hook instead of the Internet, the idea was basically the same- lonely divorced father meets beautiful woman with tragic. He starts an e-mail relationship with Anne Heche, who plays a married woman named Tanya Sullivan living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her young daughter and a husband whom she says abuses her.
When they finally meet in person, they're very obviously smitten with one another and consummate their relationship right away. Heche's character displays a certain edginess hinting at a possible mental instability. Nonetheless, Roberts falls in love with her and tries to convince her to divorce her husband so they can be married. She tells him that's not an option and that her husband found out she was fooling around and beat her bloody. The photos she e-mails Roberts, showing her bruised and battered face, seem to bear out her story.
To put the icing on the cake, she tells Roberts that her husband also hired two men to beat and rape her as well.
Roberts tells her he's going to take care of the problem and she gives him directions to the auto salvage yard where he works. After "taking care" of the problem, Roberts finds that Heche has cut off all communication with him- no e-mails, no phone calls, nothing. The police initially treat what happened as a burglary gone bad. The film takes a few neat twists and turns here when Roberts finally confronts her in person.
Another twist involves payback from beyond the grave, though not in a supernatural sense. And the last is in the revealing of Tanya's personality- and it isn't pretty. What she does in the last scene, when being interrogated at police headquarters, is quite unnerving and will leave a chill running down your spine. This is a phenomenal production and I give it a 10 out of 10, hands down. This made for TV thriller is based on a book entitled "Fatal Error," which is almost what this film turned out to be.
Toward the end, once the murder actually takes place, "Fatal Desire" datings up a little speed to a somewhat unexpected conclusion. The movie spends too much time on background, even attempting unsuccessfully to introduce a subplot involving Joe's Eric Roberts son who is caught in the middle of his father's chaotic lifestyle. Along these same lines, Tanya Anne Hechethe troubled woman Joe meets via a chat room on the net, has a daughter, who once introduced nearly disappears from the story. The plot, based on a true story, sounds exciting on the surface. A lonely divorced man, Joe, begins meeting women online, which spices up his life.
A co-worker at the casino atlantic he works continually hits on him, even informing him that she hasn't had sex in city months. Joe views her as a good friend, someone to whom he can talk and confide his feelings. She warns him about the dangers of net dating. He becomes drawn to an online femme fatale, Tanya, who not only comes on to him but even sends him revealing photos through his e-mail. The couple ultimately meet and seem to be very compatible. One problem, Tanya is married. The two begin to spend time together when suddenly Tanya informs Joe that she is pregnant with his baby.
Tanya claims that her husband is abusive. She e-mails Joe pictures of her reviews then tells him that she has lost the baby as a result of the beatings and a gang rape that her husband engineered. This sends Joe over the edge with predictable. Anne Heche takes the acting accolades without any real competition. Her part even involves a salacious dance or two online vocals.
She plays her role so well that she convinces the audience of her sincerity yet is also believable when her true colors start showing. Unfortunately, Eric Roberts, who looks aged and tired, seems to be walking through his portrayal of the complex character Joe. Could be that he has played this type person so often that he has become burnt out. The others in the cast are adequate, especially the actress playing Joe's co-worker and city.
The last fifteen minutes are worthwhile, if you can stay awake through the first hour and a half. This is one of those shows that should have been much better, with such an intriguing premise. That chat rooms and net dating services rely on fantasy and wish fulfillment that often lead to unrealistic and even dangerous consequences is a subject that still needs to be explored more fully in a dating film.
Before he knows it Tanya is sending Joe all kinds of sexy E-Mail photos of herself as well as a review atlantic tape that has Joe all heated up to meet her and start up a wild hot and physical relationship with Tanya. Having been a cop Joe should have immediately picked up Tanya's body languages when he told her a short time after they finally met in the flesh that he's not the casino owner but just a poor working stiff who's employed there.
Finding that Joe isn't the daddy big bucks that she expected him to be almost had Tanya blow it by walking out on the guy after spending an evening with him in a Golden Treasure hotel room. Owens, who runs a junkyard in Pittsburgh Pa. Trying to get Tanya to divorce Mark only has her get Joe deeper into her sinister plan in telling Joe that he would kill her if she ever as much as left him for another man. The final kicker is after Tanya told Joe that she's pregnant with his child that within days he online the bad news, via E-Mail of course, that Mark had his boys do a on her beating and water-boarding, in the family swimming pool, Tanya!
If that wasn't enough to get Joe all steamed up Tanya told him that Mark also had his hoods not only rape her, in front of him, but also had her, and Joe's, unborn child forcibly aborted!
All this was shown to Joe with a of E-Mail photos of Tanya's face and body savagely bruised and battered! It's sad to say that Joe, having been a cop for years, let his emotions take over his common sense in not realizing that he's being set up to do Tanya's dirty work. It's Joe's blind love and affection for the scheming and manipulative Tanya that in the end not only literately destroyed his life but the lives of everyone including his son Teddy and fellow Golden Treasure worker casino card dealer Pula, Katheer York, who really cared for him.
The movie in fact does have an happy ending in that Tanya didn't get away with what she did to both Joe and her husband Mark. Being so much in love with Tanya Joe kept all the E-Mail, which turned out to be evidence against her, that Tanya sent him. Tanya tried to put the by then broken and suicidally depressed Joe out of her life forever by wiping out all the memories, as well as E-Mails, that she had received through the internet from him.
It was just too bad for her that Joe was still holding a torch for Tanya, despite how she treated him, and that torch in the end was what burned her. Eric Roberts has matured but has never been better than an alcoholic ex-cop who gets involved online with an apparently unhappy woman who is married. Their above names are their online names.
They meet online and a raging affair ensues linking Pittsburgh, Pa. Trouble is that a lot starts to evolve from the affair. Our "kitten" becomes pregnant and tells of her abusive husband who may be mob linked.