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Fatal Instinct (1993)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Thriller  |  29 October 1993 (USA)
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A spoof of the late 80s and early 90s suspense thrillers and murder mysteries, including Basic Instinct, Sleeping With The Enemy, Cape Fear and others. A cop/attorney (yes he's both) is ... See full summary »

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A spoof of the late 80s and early 90s suspense thrillers and murder mysteries, including Basic Instinct, Sleeping With The Enemy, Cape Fear and others. 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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Sex, murder and revenge were never this funny.

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for off-color humor | See all certifications »
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29 October 1993 (USA)  »

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Triple Indemnity  »

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$7,852,653 (USA)
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Although Carl Reiner is listed in the credits as "Judge Rugula", all scenes in which he plays a judge were cut from the movie. He appears briefly as a man at a urinal during one short scene. See more »

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At the murder scene there's a warning to be careful of all the blood on the floor. But none of the police that slip and fall seem to get any on them. Also there's no sign of blood on or coming from the body, even though there's a huge drill sticking out of him. See more »

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Ned Ravine: I forgot my keys.
Lola Cain: That's not why you came back!
Ned Ravine: [puzzled] ... Yes it is.
Lola Cain: No... You came back for *this*!
[jumps on Ned Ravine, throwing him to the floor and ripping his pants off]
Ned Ravine: Oh, this is so different!
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Brown Eyed Girl
Written and Performed by Van Morrison
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Triple indemnity
4 October 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Carl Reiner, a man that knows about comedy, is the man behind this spoof on the noir genre. Mr. Reiner, working here with David O'Malley's screen play, has created a film that parodies movies like "Double Indemnity", "Basic Instinct", and "Fatal Attraction", among others, with great style.

The result is a film with some clever lines spoken by the cast as though they are acting in the prototype movies that Mr. Reiner is spoofing, with great panache. Not everything works, but when it does, the fun never seems to stop making us laugh.

The cast Mr. Reiner assembled is up to the task. Armand Assante is excellent as Ned Ravine, a man who is a policeman and lawyer and who does some excellent dancing in those red stiletto shoes his character seems to love. Sherilyn Fenn is the loyal secretary Laura. Kate Nelligan does an excellent imitation of Barbara Stanwyck as the scheming wife, Lana. Sean Young has some good moments in the film.

"Fatal Instinct" is a film to watch with a lot of friends. Mr. Reiner shows why he has been one of the best comic writers in America.


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