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Fatal Beauty (1987)

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Rita is a tough narc cop with a wig for every occasion. Outside a drug heist scene with several bodies and a hardly cut fatal drug, Fatal Beauty, she finds a Kroll Construction van with a dead Kroll employee in it. Who is Kroll?

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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>

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


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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Second theatrical movie directed by Tom Holland. His first being Fright Night (1985). See more »

Goofs

When Rizzoli goes into a shop to buy a sandwich it is nighttime, but when she arrives home with the sandwich you can see through the windows of her house that it is daytime outside. See more »

Quotes

Rita Rizzoli: You know, now that I see you, it raises a question in my mind.
Conrad Kroll: Yeah, what's that?
Rita Rizzoli: Does that come in adult size?
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"You scare me Rizzoli".
14 February 2015 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

With a title likes this, starring actress Whoopi Goldberg would you believe me if I told you this was a searing crime film of a L.A. undercover cop tracking down a drug dealer dealing a lethal tainted cocaine known as 'Fatal Beauty'. Probably not, but this is far from a comedy, despite some humorous exchanges and low-grade dialogues. Offsetting it is its drama and violence, which can be forcefully preachy and visually jarring. Still the script remains moronic and bloated, despite its good intentions and edginess. A fitting Goldberg portraying a female version of Dirty Harry but with wisecracks and flaunting a pink Cadillac to show her lighter side, goes about her job in almost a rogue manner, getting on the bad side of her bosses (played with vigour by John P Ryan) and waging a personal war against an Los Angeles drug ring. Brad Dourif plays the smarmy drug dealer and he brings a mean intensity, although I wished he had more screen time than he had. But he does get an explosive climatic cat and mouse shootout with Goldberg. Wonder if this performance convinced Holland to use him for his following feature "Childs Play." Yep that's right, Tom Holland (better known for his horror films; "Fright Night" & "Thinner") directs this straight-laced, violent formula with predictable results. Still he manages to keep it moving with fineness, using locations to good affect and resourceful in delivery the tough action in spades. Acting across from Goldberg is Sam Elliott, but his weakly pitched character (bodyguard) is little more than a distraction and there for Goldberg's character to open up to. Also in the cast are Ruben Blades and Harris Yulin with some of these performances almost being played with mock seriousness. An action-comedy that doesn't all come together.


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