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Fatal Instinct (1993)

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A spoof of the late 80s and early 90s suspense thrillers and murder mysteries, including Basic Instinct, Sleeping With The Enemy, Cape Fear and others. A cop/attorney (yes he's both) is ... See full summary »

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... Ned Ravine
... Laura Lincolnberry
... Lana Ravine
... Lola Cain
... Frank Kelbo
... Max Shady
... Judge Skanky
... Clarence
... Laura's Husband
... Arch
... Milo Crumley
... Restroom Patron
David Greenlee ... Restroom Stall Patron
Tim Frisbie ... Guy in Bumper Car
Michael MacCleod ... Freckle-Faced Kid
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A spoof of the late 80s and early 90s suspense thrillers and murder mysteries, including Basic Instinct, Sleeping With The Enemy, Cape Fear and others. A cop/attorney (yes he's both) is seduced by a woman while his wife is having an affair with a mechanic. Lots of other sublots and visual gags in the style of Naked Gun. Check the rating ! Written by Rob Hartill

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Sex, murder and revenge were never this funny.

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for off-color humor | See all certifications »

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29 October 1993 (USA)  »

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Triple Indemnity  »

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$7,852,653
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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 »

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At the firing range, when Lana Ravine is firing at the silhouette of her husband, she somehow manages to get 15 consecutive shots out of a six-shot revolver without reloading. See more »

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[Ned reads a business card left on Laura's desk. The card smokes]
Ned Ravine: Meet me at Le Hot Club. No air conditioning - and proud of it! 7:30. Lola. 5810 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90028. 213-555-5555.
Ned Ravine: [thinks] Hmmmm.
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Spoofs Chinatown (1974) See more »

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In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
Written by Doug Ingle (as Douglas Ingle)
Performed by Iron Butterfly
Courtesy of Atco Records
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Nothing fatal about this one
5 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

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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