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Fatal Beauty (1987)




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In this action-packed crime film, undercover detective Rita Rizzoli (Whoopi Goldberg) is on a mission to uncover the mastermind behind a large drug ring pushing a killer batch of cocaine.

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Whoopi Goldberg
as Rita Rizzoli
Sam Elliott
as Mike Marshak
Ruben Blades
as Carl Jimenez
Brad Dourif
as Leo Nova
Cheech Marin
as Bartender
Harris Yulin
as Conrad Kroll
John P. Ryan
as Lt. Kellerman
Jennifer Warren
as Cecile Jaeger
Mike Jolly
as Earl Skinner
Charles Hallahan
as Deputy Getz
David Harris
as Raphael
James LeGros
as Zack Jaeger
Neil Barry
as Denny Miflin
Mark Pellegrino
as Frankenstein
Clayton Landey
as Jimmy Silver
Fred Asparagus
as Delgadillo
David Dunard
as Cowboy Hat
Larry Hankin
as Jerry Murphy
Rick Telles
as Epifanio
M.C. Gainey
as Barndollar
Bernie Hern
as Mike Weinstein
Jim Bentley
as Paramedic
Jane Chung
as Chinese Lady
as Chinese Daughter
Phil Chong
as Chinese Father
Joycelyne Lew
as Chinese Mother
Jonathan Wong
as Chinese Son
Tom Spiroff
as Cop in Kitchen
Prince Hughes
as Big Bubba
William Martin Brennan
as 1st Assistant Chef
Josh Pickard
as Teenager
Parker Whitman
as Coroner's Attendant
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Critic Reviews for Fatal Beauty

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

The wisecracks and the swaggering are as unrelieved as the film's almost comically ecstatic gunplay. Someone must have figured audiences like things this way.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Goldberg's best work since The Color Purple.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Bloody, boring and pandering, is as poisonous as the drug trade it pretends to defame.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Tom Holland directed from a script and story credited to three individuals, anyone could have knocked this one out during coffee break.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Never quite hits the sweet spot in balancing action and humor. The film clunkily moves back and forth between them, rather than getting them to work in unison.

Full Review… | April 19, 2016
Aisle Seat

Whoopi Goldberg is at her sassy, funny best in this upbeat 1987 cop caper, playing a Los Angeles detective who takes no nonsense and is ready for anything the badass guys can dish out

Full Review… | January 9, 2009
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Fatal Beauty

One of the worst movies I have ever tried to watch. This is so bad, you will feel terrible watching it. You will blame yourself for every single minute of your life wasted on it. You will then waste more time dwelling on how bad it was, and struggle to get it out of your head. I'm going to be paying for this one for a long time.

Mike Bierman
Mike Bierman

Whoopi was on a roll there for a minute. She made her film debut with a vengeance in "The Color Purple" and immediately a movie star was born. Then, she showed a real knack for comedy with her stand-up act and appearances at Comic Relief. Then came 1987, and a trio of films that she almost never recovered from. Some would argue that she never did. How you go from starring in Steven Spielberg's Oscar nominated film to "Fatal Beauty" in only a span of two years is a complete mystery to me. This wretched, alleged comedy is an utter disaster from beginning to end, and Goldberg is completely charmless in the lead role. Maybe it's just because the rest of the picture is so ugly, but she doesn't register a single laugh here. The action sequences are violent and way over-the-top. They just don't gel with the amiable tone of the rest of the picture. In fact, the whole plot concerning drug dealers and a new, especially lethal narcotic doesn't fit in with Goldberg's easy-going nature. And the whole romantic sub-plot, pairing her up with Sam Shepard is just embarrassing and unconvincing. It's nice to see a filmmaker take a chance with a bi-racial romance, but these two stars have zero chemistry. "Fatal Beauty" is a loud, dumb and boring action comedy that's neither exciting or funny. Who thought this was a good idea?

Timothy Sanders
Timothy Sanders

One of only two Whoopi led films that I can not only stomach but actually really like. Sure the action is a little on the cheesy side, but the writers actually did a little more than whip up a script over the weekend with Goldberg in mind. From the name of the character one might think they had an Italian actress in mind. Regardless it's a good female-led action cop movie.

Jonathan Phaup
Jonathan Phaup

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