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Fatal Instinct (1993)

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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This went straight to video in the UK after a disastrous marketing campaign led to a shortened run at the US box office. See more »

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When Ravine throws a shoe out the window at the bird, it hits a background screen. See more »

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Judge Skanky: [leaving a playground] I love recess.
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References Dick Tracy (1990) See more »

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The Mighty Bruins
Written by Bill Conti
Performed by the UCLA Marching Band
under the direction of Gordon Henderson
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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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