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Fatal Instinct (1992)

A detective falls in love with the woman he is investigating in the murder of a real estate tycoon.

Director:

John Dirlam

Writer:

George Putnam (as George D. Putnam)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Madsen ... Cliff Burden
Laura Johnson ... Catherine Merrims
Antony Hamilton ... Bill Hook (as Tony Hamilton)
Tommy Redmond Hicks Tommy Redmond Hicks ... Captain Merithew
Richard Foronjy ... Cy Tarr
Jody Bradley ... Alan
Jan Marlyn Reesman ... Rosie (as Jan Marlyn)
Barry Laws Barry Laws ... Bartender
Robin Jameson Robin Jameson ... Ally Barrett
Rick Johnson ... Tennis Instructor
Rick Bartz Rick Bartz ... Det. Schutte
Paul Lyell Paul Lyell ... SID Officer (as Paul Lytell)
Ashlyn Gere ... Frank Stegner's Girlfriend (as Kim McKamy)
Gene Armor Gene Armor ... Frank Stegner
Joanne Lara ... Receptionist (as Joanne Laura)
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A detective falls in love with the woman he is investigating in the murder of a real estate tycoon.

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Following your instincts can be murder.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, language, and violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

To Kill For See more »

Filming Locations:

Beaumont, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Goofs

When the real estate tycoon is shot and killed at the beginning and falls into his pool, there is no blood even though he is shown in the water several times. See more »

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Spoofed in Fatal Instinct (1993) See more »

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Only for devoted Madsen fans
14 August 2017 | by drjgardnerSee all my reviews

Michael Madsen is this generations' Robert Mitchum. His breakout role in "Reservoir Dogs" (1992) was followed by "The Getaway" (1994), "Wyatt Earp" (1994), "Species" (1995), "Frankie the Fly" (1996), etc. and then the two "Kill Bill" films. He's one of Hollywood's busiest actors and his acting gets better with age.

Here we see him at age 35 shortly after he did "Reservoir Dogs' (1992). This was one of five films he appeared in that year and while he looks young, he was already a veteran of dozens of films and TV shows.

But Madsen along can't save this film, which is far too long and has far too many cardboard characters. It's a cheapo version of "Basic Instinct" the Michael Douglas/Sharon Stone big hit of the same year, and the film is even known as "Fatal Instinct".

If you're a devoted Madsen fan you might want to take a look, but otherwise give it a pass.


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