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Fatal Instinct -- Director Carl Reiner has a comic go at the recent spree of erotic crime thrillers...  Cop Armand Assante is assigned to investigate a  "kinky" murder.  He is also, improbably, the prosecuting attorney.
Fatal Instinct -- A spoof of the late 80s and early 90s suspense thrillers and murder mysteries, including Basic Instinct...


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Writer (WGA):
David O'Malley (written by)
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Release Date:
29 October 1993 (USA) See more »
Sex, murder and revenge were never this funny.
A spoof of the late 80s and early 90s suspense thrillers and murder mysteries, including Basic Instinct... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Armand Assante ... Ned Ravine

Sherilyn Fenn ... Laura Lincolnberry

Kate Nelligan ... Lana Ravine

Sean Young ... Lola Cain

Christopher McDonald ... Frank Kelbo

James Remar ... Max Shady

Tony Randall ... Judge Skanky

Clarence Clemons ... Clarence
Michael Cumpsty ... Laura's Husband

John Witherspoon ... Arch

Blake Clark ... Milo Crumley
Edward Blanchard ... Restroom Patron
David Greenlee ... Restroom Stall Patron
Tim Frisbie ... Guy in Bumper Car
Michael MacCleod ... Freckle-Faced Kid

Carl Reiner ... Judge Ben Arugula
Laurie Lapinski ... Frightened Woman

Eartha Kitt ... First Trial Judge
Harvey Levine ... Blind Guy

Christopher Darga ... Prison Guard

Bernie Hiller ... Prison Reporter (as Bernard Hiller)
Lucy Lin ... Prison Reporter

Jane Lynch ... Prison Reporter
Casey King ... Prison Reporter

Jacob Vargas ... Flower Delivery Man
Alex Zuckerman ... Jeff

Ronnie Schell ... Conductor
Bunny Summers ... Train Passenger
Judy Nagy ... Reporter
Julie Rowen ... Reporter (as Julie Donatt)
Pauline Lomas ... Reporter (as Pauline Arthur Lomas)

Suli McCullough ... Reporter

Bob Uecker ... Sportscaster
Mark Anthony ... Sports Announcer

Kevin Michael Richardson ... Bailiff (as Kevin Richardson)

Susan Angelo ... Lana's Prosecutor

Gregory Sporleder ... Court Clerk
Joseph Attanasio ... Jury Foreman

Savannah Smith Boucher ... Woman Juror

Steven Houska ... Courtroom Usher
Roger E. Reid ... Court Reporter (as Roger Reid)
Barry Eisen ... Press Room Reporter

George Lopez ... Murder Investigator

Keith Campbell ... Murder Investigator

Doc Severinsen ... Guest Musician
Vito Mirabella ... Hot Dog Vendor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bill Cobbs ... Man in park (uncredited)

Michael McKay ... Men Who Stare (uncredited)

Christopher Murray ... Investigator #1 (uncredited)

Rosie O'Donnell ... Woman in Bird Store (uncredited)

Clement von Franckenstein ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Carl Reiner 
Writing credits
David O'Malley (written by)

Produced by
Pieter Jan Brugge .... executive producer
Pierce Gardner .... producer
Katie Jacobs .... producer
Original Music by
Richard Gibbs 
Cinematography by
Gabriel Beristain 
Film Editing by
Bud Molin 
Stephen R. Myers  (as Stephen Myers)
Casting by
Renee Rousselot 
Production Design by
Sandy Veneziano 
Art Direction by
Daniel Maltese 
Set Decoration by
Chris A. Butcher 
Costume Design by
Albert Wolsky 
Makeup Department
Stephen Abrums .... makeup artist
Hallie D'Amore .... makeup artist
Kay Pownell .... key hair stylist
Stephen Robinette .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Pieter Jan Brugge .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
M. James Arnett .... second unit director
Tom Davies .... first assistant director: second unit
Marty P. Ewing .... first assistant director (as Marty Ewing)
Andrew M. Flinn .... additional second assistant director
Timothy J. Lonsdale .... second assistant director: second unit (as Tim Lionsdale)
Cherylanne Martin .... second assistant director (as Cheryl Anne Martin)
Eric Oliver .... dga trainee
Robert Scott .... third assistant director
Art Department
Larry Clark .... paint supervisor
Ralph Mock .... second paint foreman
Ken Scaife .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Roberta Alstadter .... foley recordist
David Behle .... sound recordist
Anna Behlmer .... sound re-recording mixer
James Beshears .... sound effects editor
Rick Canelli .... adr recordist
Rickley W. Dumm .... assistant sound editor
Carl Fischer .... boom operator
Bruce Fortune .... supervising sound editor
Steven Gerrior .... first assistant sound editor
Walter A. Gest .... sound re-recordist (as Walter Guest)
Petur Hliddal .... production sound mixer
Jack Keller .... sound recordist
Mary Jo Lang .... foley mixer
Lance Laurienzo .... assistant sound editor
Robert J. Litt .... sound re-recording mixer
Anthony Milch .... sound editor
Jay Nierenberg .... sound editor
Thomas J. O'Connell .... adr mixer
Richard Portman .... sound re-recording mixer
John Roesch .... foley artist
Greg P. Russell .... sound re-recording mixer
Solange S. Schwalbe .... foley editor (as Solange Schwalbe-Boisseau)
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
Shawn Sykora .... supervising foley editor
Elliot Tyson .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard E. Yawn .... sound editor
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
John S. Baker .... special effects technician
Bruce Y. Kuroyama .... special effects technician
Hans Metz .... special effects supervisor
Clay Pinney .... special effects
Steve Riley .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Amy Pawlowski .... visual effects editor
M. James Arnett .... stunt coordinator
Eddie Braun .... stunts
Keith Campbell .... stunts
Donna Evans .... stunts
Randy Peters .... stunts
Birgit K. Schier .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Alexonis .... grip
Ted Chu .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Michael Ferris .... photography: second unit
Toulouse Holliday .... grip (as S. Toulouse Holliday)
Bob Leitelt .... rigging key grip
Peter McAdams .... grip
John McCoy .... video assist
Tom McCoy .... video assist
Michael Earl Menlow .... grip
Vito Mirabella .... grip
Michael K. O'Melia .... assistant chief lighting technician
Brennan Price .... lighting technician (as Brennan L. Price)
Michael C. Price .... grip
Keith Talley .... key grip
H. Mark Vuille .... gaffer
Kirby Washington .... film loader
Tom Wholey .... electrician
Casting Department
Jimmy Jue .... extras casting
Music Department
Philip Giffin .... composer: additional music
Philip Giffin .... orchestrator
Chet Leonard .... music playback
Paul Silver .... assistant music editor
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Transportation Department
Craig Lietzke .... driver
Craig Lietzke .... production driver
Dennis Marchant .... picture car mechanic
Rick Scheil .... transportation accountant
Candace Wells .... transportation captain
Bryce Guy Williams .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Michael Anthony .... key assistant location manager
Marco Assante .... assistant: Armand Assante
Carol Bawer .... key set production assistant
Frawley Becker .... location manager
Jamie D. Boscardin .... assistant: Pieter Jan Brugge
Joe Everett .... unit publicist
Katie Gilbert .... production coordinator
Debra James .... assistant production coordinator
Larry K. Johnson .... script supervisor
Michael R. Kern .... assistant accountant
Julie Pinson .... stand-in: Kate Nelligan
Tammy Rodriguez .... stand-in: Sean Young
Douglas V.R. Shellow .... production assistant
Cheryl A. Stone .... production accountant
Betsy Trauscht .... stand-in: Sheilynn Fenn
Andrew L. Ullman .... assistant location manager
Martine White .... additional assistant location manager
Jack E. Herman .... extras set coordinator (uncredited)

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Rated PG-13 for off-color humor
91 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Canada:A (Ontario) | Denmark:7 (2003) | Germany:12 | Iceland:12 | Singapore:PG (cut) | Spain:13 | UK:15 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #32512)

Did You Know?

When Max Shady adjusts the setting on his silencer while planning to kill Ned Levine on the train you will notice a volume setting that goes up to 11. This is a nod to Carl Reiner's son Rob's mock rockumentary "This is Spinal Tap" which stars Christopher Guest. Guest's character (Nigel Tufnel) proudly displays his amp that also goes to 11.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When Ravine throws a shoe out the window at the bird, it hits a background screen.See more »
Lola Cain:You're the first man who has lasted that long on that barstool.
Ned Ravine:I'm flattered.
Lola Cain:Well, don't. It's broken.
[the stool collapses]
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20 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Nothing fatal about this one, 5 October 2004
Author: Jexxon from Norberg, Sweden

Very funny film noir spoof, that's undeservedly criticised. It may lack the "quality" feel of e.g. The Naked Gun, but I think it's almost as funny.

The film looks great, and the jokes aren't as much of a hit-and-miss affair as you could fear. Naturally it's almost essential that you've seen most of the films it takes a crack at (Double Indemnity, Body Heat, Basic Instinct, Fatal Attraction, Sleeping with the Enemy just to mention a few).

But what really elevates Fatal Instinct above similar efforts is the brilliant performance from Armand Assante, who displays a comic timing that I never would have guessed he had. He plays his completely oblivious-to-everything-that's-happening-around-him detective with such dead pan seriousness, that it's impossible not to laugh (the scenes with his skunk little Neddy are hilarious).

Never mind the critics, find this film and see it. [8/10]

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