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Fatal Beauty (1987)

Rita Rizzoli is a narcotics police officer with a plethora of disguises. When a drug shipment is hijacked, the thieves don't know that the drug is unusually pure and packs of "Fatal Beauty"... See full summary »

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Rita Rizzoli is a narcotics police officer with a plethora of disguises. When a drug shipment is hijacked, the thieves don't know that the drug is unusually pure and packs of "Fatal Beauty" begin turning up next to too many dead bodies. Mike Marshak works for the original owner of the drugs and tries to tell himself that since he does not handle the drugs, he is "clean". Mike becomes Rita's constant companion as the drug hijackers (who are nearly psychotic and very well armed) are hunted, while more and more bodies continue to turn up. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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An earthquake is about to hit L.A. It's called Detective Rita Rizoli.


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30 October 1987 (USA)  »

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$12,046,526 (USA)
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Trivia

The meaning and relevance of this movie's title is that it refers to a new deadly tainted type of PCP-laced crack cocaine called "Fatal Beauty". There is also a suggestion from the film's main movie posters that Goldberg's central cop character is a fatal beauty i.e. a cop that can be fatal. Moreover, this film represents an instance where a picture's title is also its movie MacGuffin. See more »

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When Delgadillo says "Look at this. They even stamped the package wrong!" his mouth doesn't match what he is saying. See more »

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Zack Jaeger: I'm gonna break inside your apartment, and I'm gonna kick your ass, and then maybe for dessert I'll f - - your brains out
Rita Rizzoli: [chokes with laughter] Be still my heart!
Zack Jaeger: You's think this is a lot of talk?
Rita Rizzoli: I hope not, cause you're everything I've ever wanted in a man! I mean really, a snot-nosed little whip-dick, in designer jeans?
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References A View to a Kill (1985) See more »

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Didn't I Blow Your Mind
Written by Mic Murphy and David Michael Frank (as David Frank)
Performed by The System
Courtesy of Atlantic Records
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Whoopi whips it up
17 March 1999 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

Rita Rizzoli (Whoopi Goldberg) is going to put the drug king out of business who is producing a deadly drug that's killing people off at an alarming rate. The drug king's top security man, Mike Marshak (Sam Elliott), takes a shine to Rita, although we aren't sure why. I spent the entire film thinking he might be an undercover cop -not so. Had it been any other actor besides Elliott I think this flaw might have prevented the film from being believable. But Elliott, and his cool, understated style just swept me away with his obvious attraction to Rita. There are some very moving moments, some frighteningly real back alley scenes of drug dealings and shootout after shootout. I didn't know what to expect with this film, and was hoping Whoopi would sail with it. She did!


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