The aggressive actress Susan, star of many erotic thrillers, feels stalked by her fans and has a fight with her producer. During a one week long pause in the shooting of a movie, she ... See full summary »



(story), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Strangers (TV Movie 1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Three provocative short stories. An American in Paris seduces a young man only to have the tables turned; a tourist recovering from an accident is alone but far from lonely; and an exchange... See full summary »

Director: Joan Tewkesbury
Stars: Linda Fiorentino, Joan Chen, Timothy Hutton
Bodily Harm (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

When a striptease dancer is brutally murdered in Las Vegas, detective Rita Cates and her partner J.D. Prejon are put on the case. There's not much to go on, but the evidence they've got ... See full summary »

Director: James Lemmo
Stars: Linda Fiorentino, Daniel Baldwin, Gregg Henry
Disturbed (1990)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

10 years ago the perverse Dr. Russell couldn't resist the beauty of a young patient in his mental clinic and raped her one night. When she plunged herself from the roof shortly after, he ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Winkler
Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Geoffrey Lewis, Priscilla Pointer
The Moderns (1988)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Nick Hart is a struggling American artist who lives amongst the expatriate community in 1920s Paris. He spends most of his time drinking and socializing in local cafés and pestering gallery... See full summary »

Director: Alan Rudolph
Stars: Keith Carradine, Linda Fiorentino, Wallace Shawn
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A series of unrelated amorous lovers are connected by a chain of desire.

Director: Temístocles López
Stars: Linda Fiorentino, Elias Koteas, Angel Aviles
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A midlife crisis dramatic comedy about a man who pursues his old ambition to become a singer through karaoke.

Director: Jeff Lipsky
Stars: Chazz Palminteri, Drea de Matteo, Linda Fiorentino
The Desperate Trail (Video 1994)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

After years of suffering under her beating husband, Sarah decides to no longer take any humiliation or battery - and kills him. For that, Marshal Speakes - her father in law - sentences her... See full summary »

Director: P.J. Pesce
Stars: Sam Elliott, Craig Sheffer, Linda Fiorentino
Queens Logic (1991)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

When childhood friends Al, Dennis and Eliot get together for Ray's wedding, which may or may not happen, they end up on a roller-coaster ride through reality. During one tumultuous, crazy ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Rash
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Linda Fiorentino, John Malkovich
Wildfire (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Since they met the first time in boarding school as little kids, it was obvious that the orphans Kay and Dave would become a couple. But at sixteen, Dave foolishly attempted to rob a bank ... See full summary »

Director: Zalman King
Stars: Steven Bauer, Linda Fiorentino, Will Patton
Jailbait (Video 1993)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.8/10 X  

17 year old Kyle comes to the big city in search of her half-sister Merci. Merci is on the run after being used to set up a murder. The police and the killers both want her. Kyle ends up on... See full summary »

Director: Rafal Zielinski
Stars: C. Thomas Howell, Renée Humphrey, Krista Errickson
Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

An archeologist finds remains of a famous explorer and moves them to a museum. This causes the spirit of the explorer to become restless. He wants his bones properly buried and returns as ghost to seek help from the archeologist's son.

Director: Anthony Edwards
Stars: Trenton Knight, Cheech Marin, Anthony Edwards
The Neon Empire (TV Movie 1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

This movie is about the New York Jewish mob building the first Vegas casino.

Director: Larry Peerce
Stars: Ray Sharkey, Gary Busey, Linda Fiorentino


Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Stevens
Cathy Thomas
Gail Black
Dave Byers
Eric Boggs
Yoram Sussman
Detective Stubbs
Steven Smith
Kim McGuire ...


The aggressive actress Susan, star of many erotic thrillers, feels stalked by her fans and has a fight with her producer. During a one week long pause in the shooting of a movie, she retires into an hotel, unknowing that her producer is lying dead in her trailer. While the police searches her, she meets the married sales representative Paul on a congress and pulls him into an affair. However the stalkings begin again, more frightening than ever. Written by Tom Zoerner <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Passion. Obsession. Murder.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality and language, and for some violence | See all certifications »




Release Date:

10 July 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eyes of a Stranger  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Dick Sargent's last acting project. See more »


Alcohol And Amarillo Highway
Music and lyrics by Mark Luke Daniels
Performed by Mark Luke Daniels
Produced by Bill Montei
used by permission of Herb Montei Music
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Chips? Check. Adult Beverage? Check. Acting on Impulse? Check.
14 November 2007 | by (Bookseller of the Blue Ridge) – See all my reviews

"Acting on Impulse" works, as previously mentioned, because nobody is trying to upstage anyone and this film isn't trying to be bigger then the VHS box it was bought in. The situation is simple. Someone has died, horror star Linda Fiorentino takes a vacation, she arrives at a hotel where C. Thomas Howell is having a sales conference, there are shady characters afoot, death knocks at the door with some steamy random scenes, new friends are introduced, old ones are questioned, and finally there is a infamous shootout which brings all our curiosities to rest. In one sentence this film could be summarized, but it isn't the shortness of the plot that makes this film work, it is the surroundings. The jokes are dry, but like an afternoon martini it quenches. As current films force recycled humor, this film takes that sub-par standard and rejuvenates it. There is something fresh about the humor in this film. Isaac Hayes plays the police detective on the hunt for the supposed murderer, and he couldn't act his way out of a paper bag in this film, but for some strange reason it fits with the overall tones and tenacity of the film. Nobody is trying to push the limits here, but it feels fresh and original in the same sense. There are scenes that stand out in my mind, but in your average film would be just boring and cliché. The scene where Howell steals his coworker's briefcase has been used so often, but in this film Howell comes across as the semi anti-hero. We root for the underdog, which is Howell, and yet we have no reason to. He isn't your typical stand-up main lead, he cheats, smokes, drinks, dances, and even gives the report of a lifetime, but that isn't what this film is about. Upon further investigation, "Acting on Impulse" is a double-take film. It is a film of trickery and deceit, but in all the ways that make you ask for more. It would compare to going to see "Hostel", but discovering it was about romance and not torture. A different take, but perhaps a pleasant surprise.

"Acting on Impulse" sets up as your typical "who-dun-it" horror, slasher film where the characters are over-the-top and the situations absolutely are not feasible. We think we know our characters, but then we are uprooted – taken to a new environment, new characters, new situations and the film we once started with has transformed into something completely different. In this case, we went from murder/mystery to those types of films where the main character is on an unknown journey of self-discovery. For about 45-plus minutes we move away from the murder, we are reminded slightly, but for the most part it is all about Howell's life in a dog-eat-dog world. It is about Howell, not Fiorentino, which is tough because the two have this amazing chemistry together. Add in Nancy Allen, the wild card in the group, and we have three people that we think we know, but really (because of our constantly changing focus) they are miles apart. The characters are what make this film work. Our discussion today has been mainly about them because the body that surrounds "Acting on Impulse" is used, dated, cliché, and stuffy – but it works. Director Sam Irvin must have seen that he didn't have Oscar caliber work in his desk, but a film that was fun, friendly, devilish, and engrossing all the same. This film is one of those rare examples of films that work with what they have, without seeming cheap or "independent".

Overall, I have to give credit to the actors again. While many of them have never seen the glory of the big-budget silver screen, they worked well together in this small feature that hasn't seen the DVD light yet. This is a fun movie. It was a random feature that I thoroughly enjoyed and actually craved more. I loved the ending, it was provocative, yet didn't pull that cheesy double-punch that has become the norm for these samplings of films. This film seemed real, and in the same sense it didn't. This is a Hollywood TV movie, actors playing for fun, a plot that may have plenty of holes, but doesn't mind standing up to the rest of the crowd. I would not have any problems showing this film to my friends, or recommending it as a summer watch. It is this random film that caught my attention and hasn't left my mind since the final credits. It feels incredibly like a 80s film, and while I will probably be laughed at in the film community, this little feature is my guilty pleasure. I loved our unknowing trio and the troubles that follow them. Like "Acting on Impulse", I have no shame in claiming this film as a great unknown independent feature. It was no crowing achievement in film, but it made do with what it had and gave this film junkie nearly two hours of great cinema.

Grade: **** out of *****

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Acting on Impulse (1993) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: