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Fatal Instinct (1993)

A spoof on thrillers from before 1993 such as Fatal Attraction (1987), Basic Instinct (1992), Chinatown, Cape Fear etc. A cop/lawyer cheats on his wife and she on him and plans to kill him for the insurance.

Director:

Carl Reiner

Writer:

David O'Malley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Armand Assante ... Ned Ravine
Sherilyn Fenn ... Laura Lincolnberry
Kate Nelligan ... Lana Ravine
Sean Young ... Lola Cain
Christopher McDonald ... Frank Kelbo
James Remar ... Max Shady
Tony Randall ... Judge Skanky
Clarence Clemons ... Clarence
Michael Cumpsty ... Laura's Husband
John Witherspoon ... Arch
Blake Clark ... Milo Crumley
Edward Blanchard ... Restroom Patron
David Greenlee David Greenlee ... Restroom Stall Patron
Tim Frisbie Tim Frisbie ... Guy in Bumper Car
Michael MacCleod Michael MacCleod ... Freckle-Faced Kid
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Storyline

A spoof of the late '80s and early '90s suspense thrillers and murder mysteries, including Basic Instinct, Sleeping With The Enemy, and Cape Fear. A cop/attorney (yes he's both) is seduced by a woman while his wife is having an affair with a mechanic. Lots of other sublots and visual gags in the style of Naked Gun. Check the rating. Written by Rob Hartill

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Taglines:

Sex, murder and revenge were never this funny.

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for off-color humor | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Yiddish

Release Date:

29 October 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Triple Indemnity See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,502,569, 31 October 1993

Gross USA:

$7,839,327

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,839,327
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Laura makes a reference to Ravine as a "Mambo King type" a reference to his starring role in the film, The Mambo Kings (1992). See more »

Goofs

When the refrigerator opens to reveal Ned and Lola inside, a crew member's hand can be seen on the right side of the screen to catch the door as it opens. See more »

Quotes

Lana Ravine: You speak Yiddish?
Man in park: No, but I can read the subtitles.
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Soundtracks

Brown Eyed Girl
Written and Performed by Van Morrison
Courtesy of Columbia Records
by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A reminder of what good spoofs are made of
4 November 2001 | by mix-3See all my reviews

Strange, but when I think about this one, the expression "oldie but goodie" comes to mind. After sitting through countless comedies and parodies with gross and often times just plain bad jokes (try scary movie) one might wonder if it is actually possible to have a really brilliant spoof without insulting humor. Well, it is. And just to see how good a well-made parody can be, try this one. Of course, it would help having been a late 80s early 90s movie fan, but that is not a prerequisite. And, without going into too many details, this one effectively proves that a parody/comedy can actually be original.


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