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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?

Sherilyn Fenn was originally considered for the role of the femme fatale Lola, eventually played by Sean Young. Fenn opted for the role of Armand Assante's lovesick secretary Laura and suggested director Carl Reiner cast Young as Lola.See more »
Continuity: Towards the end of the movie where Lola is spraying the shaving cream in Ned's face, there's suddenly a spray coming from behind Lola and even getting all over her back even though she has the bottle pointed at Ned.See more »
Lola Cain:He left me. He left me because she looked more like me than I did.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofs Cape Fear (1962)See more »
In-A-Gadda-Da-VidaSee more »


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28 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Noir Spoof Worth A Look, 25 April 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

A wild spoof of suspense and film noirs, I appreciated this silly film a little more than most being a fan of "noirs." As with any comedy, the movie is a combination of genuinely laugh-out-loud gags and sight scenes and genuinely stupid lines. It depends on what makes you laugh.

One thing it has for sure: lots of sexual innuendos and just plain overt sexuality. It's yet another one of these PG-13 ratings that is a joke. This is not for kids. Also, this film won't be much for those without a knowledge of classic crime films of the past, from the '40s to the '80s. Many parts of this movie parrot scenes from Fatal Attraction, Body Double, etc. It takes several viewings to catch most of the inside jokes.

Armand Assante is the smooth private detective and Sherilyn Fenn is his attractive and loyal secretary. Kate Nelligan, Sean Young and Christopher McDonald add to the fun. To be frank, I enjoyed this more on the first viewing than I did on the second. After watching it twice, I thought the film would have been better had it been cut 10-15 minutes, and it's only 90 minutes. However, I am not knocking it: it's a fun movie.

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