Fatal Beauty (1987)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  30 October 1987 (USA)
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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"... 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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Release Date:

30 October 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Beauté fatale  »

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$12,046,526 (USA)

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Cher was initially signed to star. See more »


When Rizzoli goes into a shop to buy a sandwich it is nighttime, but when she arrives home with the sandwich you can see through the windows of her house that it is daytime outside. See more »


Bartender: Do you want a glass?
Rita Rizzoli: Do I want a glass? No, wrap it in a taco dumb motherf - -er, yes I want a glass.
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Referenced in The January Man (1989) See more »


Make It My Night
Written by Danny Sembello and Tony Haynes
Performed by Donna Allen
Courtesy of Atlantic Records
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One of the VERY BEST Whoopi Films!
27 January 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film is fantastic, containing action, comedy and drama. Typical 80's style (i.e: Beverley Hill Cop style). Its good to see a comedian based actress playing parts both funny and serious. If you are a Whoopi Goldberg fan, you will not be disappointed.

Alongside Whoopi, Sam Elliott (Mask, Road House) plays a good guy on the wrong side and the chemistry between him and Whoopi shows very well. What makes a good film is when two different style actors/actresses bounce off each other in a positive way.

Also includes the brilliant actor Brad Dourif (Child's Play). Never fails to play an excellent bad guy.

Not going to give much away in this review as you can tell, because the movie speaks for itself... However, if you enjoy a good action film with a side of humour, without all the 'star wars' special effects... Fatal Beauty should be on your list!

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