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.
Fatal Beauty is a 1987 American action comedy thriller film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Sam Elliott, directed by Tom Holland. The screenplay was written by Hilary Henkin and Dean Riesner. The original music score was composed by Harold Faltermeyer, of Top Gun fame. The film was marketed with the tagline “An earthquake is about to hit L.A. It’s called Detective Rita Rizzoli.”
In July 1986 John Milius was working on the script and intending to direct with Cher mentioned as a possible star. By November Tom Holland was attached as director with Whoopi Goldberg to star.
Fatal Beauty (1987)
Directed by: Tom Holland
Starring: Whoopi Goldberg, Sam Elliott, Rubén Blades, Harris Yulin, John P. Ryan, Jennifer Warren, Brad Dourif, Charles Hallahan, James Le Gros
Screenplay by: Hilary Henkin
Production Design by: James William Newport
Cinematography by: David M. Walsh
Film Editing by: Don Zimmerman
Costume Design by: Aggie Guerard Rodgers
Set Decoration by: Rick Simpson
Art Direction by: Joseph C. Nemec
Music by: Harold Faltermeyer
Distributed by: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, United Artists
Release Date: October 30, 1987