Fatal Instinct script
Synopsis: Fatal Instinct is a 1993 American erotic thriller comedy film directed by Carl Reiner. It parodies the erotic thriller movie genre, which at the time had reached its commercial peak. The film stars Armand Assante as a lawyer and cop named Ned Ravine who has an affair with a woman named Lola Cain played by Sean Young. Kate Nelligan stars as Ned Ravine's wife and Sherilyn Fenn stars as Laura Lingonberry, Ravine's secretary. The film's title is a combination of Fatal Attraction and Basic Instinct, both of which starred Michael Douglas.

FADE IN ON:

EXT. SANTA MONICA PIER - NIGHT

The sultry dampness of a blistering summer hangs in the night

air. People stroll the boardwalk looking for a cool breeze.

The soft rhythms of a jazz concert float from the band shell.

CLOSE SHOT - A PAIR OF SEXY HIGH HEELS

and a woman's shapely legs, walking along the wooden pier.

OPENING TITLES & CREDITS OVER.

After several steps, a discarded piece of gum sticks to one

of her shoes, stretching out stickily. Two steps later, a

piece of paper sticks to the gum, flopping awkwardly with

each step.

The MOVING CAMERA PANS UP her gorgeous legs and sensuous

body. She wears a loose summer dress that floats like gossamer

around her soft curves. Her hair is long and blond.

NED (V.O.)

To some guys, women are like a cheap

puzzle... with pieces that just don't

fit. They think the soul of a woman

is darker than a back alley... more

tangled than a telephone cord... and

colder than a Klondike Bar in Canada.

But those guys don't even have a

clue.

She stops at the railing. We see an incredibly beautiful

face and cool, alluring eyes. This is LOLA CAIN. The term

"femme fatale" was coined for her. She's on display... and

knows it.

NED (V.O.)

When you know women the way I do,

you understand exactly what what

makes them tick... what makes them

hum... what makes them jiggle up and

down when they walk. And it's not

the kind of thing you can learn from

a correspondence course.

The CAMERA MOVES with her as she walks on, passing TWO MEN

whose eyes are glued to her. We HOLD ON THEM.

One is NED RAVINE, in his thirties, stalwart, handsome, hair

trimmed neatly, but with a feel of loose ends about him...

coat slung over his shoulder, sleeves rolled up, the sweat

dampening his shirt. He's a cop. A plain clothes detective

who's been around the block a few times and still gets lost.

Next to him is ARCH, his partner. Older, if not in years, at

least in mileage. Dependable, solid, with no great aspirations

except to reach the end of a shift intact. He's eating Nachos

from a cardboard container, licking the cheese off his

fingers.

The CAMERA PUSHES IN to NED. His eyes are fixed on Lola.

ANGLE - LOLA - NED'S POV

She walks to the other side of the pier... as more paper

sticks to the gum on her shoe. She stands at the railing.

NED (V.O.)

There are two kinds of women in this

world... and I've known 'em both.

ANGLE - ARCH

Arch heaves an exasperated sigh and looks toward Ned. The

CAMERA PULLS BACK to INCLUDE NED. It isn't "voice-over"

narration at all. Ned is actually talking out loud.

NED (V.O.)

One will take you for a fast ride on

a bumpy road with no seat belt. But

the other kind...

ARCH:

(interrupts)

Jeez... knock off the chatter, will

ya.

NED:

Just trying to keep you awake, Arch.

ARCH:

I'm awake! Where do you come up with

all that crap about women?

NED:

It's true. Women are very complex,

but if you know how to read 'em...

they're an open book. You can always

tell the rotten apples from the

peaches.

ARCH:

Are you kiddin'?

NED:

I'd stake my career on it. Anybody

ever proves me wrong, I'll throw

away my badge.

ARCH:

Aayyhh... women are trouble...

NED:

I used to believe that too. Until I

married Lana. Now, she... is a peach.

ARCH:

Yeah, well you're a lucky stiff,

pal. Ya hold down two jobs. Got a

beautiful wife waitin' for ya at

home. Everything a guy could ever

want, including NO kids.

NED:

I'd love to have kids.

ARCH:

What?! Rug-rats? Give me a break!

(looks around)

Jeez, I hate stakeouts. What makes

you think Milo's gonna show up here?

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David O'Malley

David O'Malley is a writer and producer, known for Fatal Instinct (1993), Edge of Honor (1991) and Dark Honeymoon (2008). more…

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