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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Rita Rizzoli
... Mike Marshak
... Carl Jimenez (as Ruben Blades)
... Conrad Kroll
... Lt. Kellerman
... Cecile Jaeger
... Leo Nova
Mike Jolly ... Earl Skinner
... Deputy Getz
... Raphael
... Zack Jaeger
... Denny Miflin
... Frankenstein
... Jimmy Silver
Fred Asparagus ... Delgadillo
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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" 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>

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


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30 October 1987 (USA)  »

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Beleza Fatal  »

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$12,046,526
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Tom Holland, the director of Fright Night (1985) and this movie, had the movie poster for his previous film showing in one of the background scenes where two dope dealers are coming out of a movie theater. See more »

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When Whoopi breaks into Kroll's home and catches him swimming nude with nothing but a gold swim cap, it is noticeable that the actor was wearing a gold-colored speedo-type swimsuit for the medium shot. See more »

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Deputy Getz: [a witness is speaking Chinese] What is she saying?
Shigeta: I told you, I speak *Japanese* not *Chinese*.
Deputy Getz: Is there a difference?
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harden cop drama
5 October 2017 | by See 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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