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Fatal Beauty (1987)

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Rita Rizzoli is a narcotics police officer with a plethora of disguises. When a drug shipment is hijacked, the thieves don't know that the drug is unusually pure, and packs of "Fatal Beauty... See full summary »

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Tom Holland

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Bill Svanoe (story), Hilary Henkin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Whoopi Goldberg ... Rita Rizzoli
Sam Elliott ... Mike Marshak
Rubén Blades ... Carl Jimenez (as Ruben Blades)
Harris Yulin ... Conrad Kroll
John P. Ryan ... Lt. Kellerman
Jennifer Warren ... Cecile Jaeger
Brad Dourif ... Leo Nova
Mike Jolly Mike Jolly ... Earl Skinner
Charles Hallahan ... Deputy Getz
David Harris ... Raphael
James Le Gros ... Zack Jaeger
Neill Barry ... Denny Miflin
Mark Pellegrino ... Frankenstein
Clayton Landey ... Jimmy Silver
Fred Asparagus Fred Asparagus ... Delgadillo
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Storyline

Rita Rizzoli is a narcotics police officer with a plethora of disguises. When a drug shipment is hijacked, the thieves don't know that the drug is unusually pure, and packs of "Fatal Beauty" begin turning up next to too many dead bodies. Mike Marshak works for the original owner of the drugs and tries to tell himself that since he does not handle the drugs, he is "clean". Mike becomes Rita's constant companion as the drug hijackers (who are nearly psychotic and very well armed) are hunted, while more and more bodies continue to turn up. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

An earthquake is about to hit L.A. It's called Detective Rita Rizoli.


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beleza Fatal See more »

Filming Locations:

Beverly Hills, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$12,046,526
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The meaning and relevance of the title is that it refers to a new deadly tainted type of PCP-laced crack called "Fatal Beauty". There is also a suggestion from the film's main movie posters that Rita Rizzoli (Whoopi Goldberg) is a fatal beauty (a cop that can be fatal). See more »

Goofs

When Delgadillo says "Look at this. They even stamped the package wrong!" his mouth doesn't match what he is saying. See more »

Quotes

Zack Jaeger: I'm gonna break inside your apartment, and I'm gonna kick your ass, and then maybe for dessert I'll f - - your brains out
Rita Rizzoli: [chokes with laughter] Be still my heart!
Zack Jaeger: You's think this is a lot of talk?
Rita Rizzoli: I hope not, cause you're everything I've ever wanted in a man! I mean really, a snot-nosed little whip-dick, in designer jeans?
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Connections

References Sudden Impact (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

On The Edge Of Love
Written by Cynthia Weil and Scott Cutler
Performed by Miki Howard
Courtesy of Atlantic Records
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harden cop drama
5 October 2017 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Leo Nova and Earl Skinner attack a drug plant behind a Los Angeles Chinese storefront run by Tito Delgadillo. They steal Fatal Beauty drug packets. They don't realize that a mistake has left the packages with lethal doses. Narcotic officer Rita Rizzoli (Whoopi Goldberg) has been pursuing Delgadillo and is assigned the case. She finds Delgadillo's dead body and links the case to wealthy businessman Conrad Kroll. Mike Marshak (Sam Elliott) is Kroll's unwitting head of security. The drug starts killing its users or making them psychotic.

This is one of those 80s/90s harden cop dramas. It's Beverly Hills Cop or Lethal Weapon without the humor. There are a few bothersome issues. It's a lot brutal violence but some of it doesn't make the best sense. Rizzoli is Italian which Whoopi struggles to fit. The most glaring is the title which refers to the drug. Without that knowledge, it seems to refer to Whoopi. It makes it sound like a sexy femme fatale which runs counter to Whoopi. Also Whoopi and Sam Elliott struggle to develop romantic chemistry. There are lots of little flaws which makes this less than compelling.


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