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Fatal Instinct (1993)

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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 »








Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura's Husband
Milo Crumley
Restroom Patron
David Greenlee ...
Restroom Stall Patron
Tim Frisbie ...
Guy in Bumper Car
Michael MacCleod ...
Freckle-Faced Kid


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.


Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for off-color humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 October 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Triple Indemnity  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Laura makes a reference to Ravine as a "Mambo King type" a reference to his starring role in the film, The Mambo Kings (1992). See more »


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 »


[questioning his own wife on the witness stand]
Ned Ravine: Now, Mrs. Ravine... may I call you Lana?
Lana Ravine: Oh, please, call me Angel Tits.
Lana's Prosecutor: I object!
Judge Skanky: Sustained. Counselor, you will address Angel Tits as Mrs. Ravine.
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References Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990) See more »


Written by Doug Ingle (as Douglas Ingle)
Performed by Iron Butterfly
Courtesy of Atco Records
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Triple indemnity
4 October 2005 | by 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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