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Impulse (1990)




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Actress Sondra Locke directed this visceral film noir about undercover cop Lottie Mason (Theresa Russell). A narcotics cop with the LAPD, she works a second shift at night as an undercover vice cop. Lottie works the bars and lures johns into the arms of the law. But her life is in a rut, and she would love to act on impulse like the narcotics and vice personas she adopts daily on the job. During the course of her duties, she begins a romantic relationship with district attorney Stan Harris (Jeff Fahey), who gets her involved with a case he is working on against a drug lord. But Stan is too nice to her, and she bolts from his apartment and into the nearest bar. After a few slugs of whiskey, she decides that for this one time, she will play out the role as a hooker, take a john to her apartment, and take the money. A guy saddles up to her and she goes back to his house. But the man happens to be the same drug kingpin Stan is building his case against. He is soon murdered, and she is left with a dead body and a case with $900,000 in drug money.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Leigh Chapman, John de Marco
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 12, 1990
Warner Home Video


Theresa Russell
as Lottie Mason
George Dzundza
as Lt. Joe Morgan
Alan Rosenberg
as Charley Katz
Eli Danker
as Dimarjian
Charles McCaughan
as Frank Munoff
Lynne Thigpen
as Dr. Gardner
Shawn Elliott
as Tony Peron
Paul A. Calabra
as Man with Dog
Dan Bell
as Anson
Tom Dahlgren
as District Attorney
Daniel Quinn
as Ted Gates
David Crowley
as Trick in Car
Mark Rolston
as Man in Bar
Russell Curry
as Bartender, Mills
Pete Antico
as Vice Cop in Bar
Karl Anthony Smith
as Gas Station Attendan...
Paul Acerno
as Junkie in Apartment
Paul A. Calabria
as Man with Dog
Don Ruffin
as Munoff's Bodyguard
Cliff McLaughlin
as Munoff's Bodyguard
Ronald L. Colby
as Liquor Store Clerk
Ron Colby
as Liquor Store Clerk
Douglas Rowe
as Criminologist
Wendy Gordon
as TV Reporter
Jerry Dunphy
as TV Anchorman
Elaine Kagan
as Stan's Receptionist
Michael McCleery
as Punk Delivering Flow...
Jerry Martinez
as Vice Cop at Motel
James Edgcomb
as Cop Behind Safe Hous...
Peder Melhuse
as Vice Cop at Motel
Thomas Rosales Jr.
as Colombian Drug Deale...
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Critic Reviews for Impulse

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (7)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | April 6, 1990
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 4, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Impulse

I watched this movie only because because Theresa Russell is in it, but was pleasantly surprised that it's actually a decent police thriller.

Gabriel Knight

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