CINEMA: RAGING FAN

ROBERT DE NIRO ROOTS FOR THE HOME TEAM--HIS WAY

Robert De Niro is our designated stalker, psycho of choice to the age of lumpen paranoia. Since he offers his fourth version of this character in The Fan, it's obvious that he's not yet tired of the furnished rooms, Wal-Mart wardrobes and frayed synapses that marked his darkly defining work in Taxi Driver, The King of Comedy and Cape Fear. A more objective observer, however, can't help thinking this game should be called on account of deja vu.

The makers of The Fan seem to be aware of the problem. So the screenplay (by Phoef Sutton) gives De Niro's character, Gil...

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