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Impulse [VHS][1990]

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  • Actors: Theresa Russell, Jeff Fahey, George Dzundza
  • Directors: Sondra Locke
  • Producers: Albert S. Ruddy
  • Format: Colour, Full Screen, HiFi Sound, PAL
  • Language: Castilian
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warner
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KJOQGK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,362 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Shes an undercover cop. Seduced by a fantasy. Trapped in a mystery. Led by a dangerous impulse. Its easy to lose control.

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I have been looking to get this on DVD for years. I was aware that it was available in the States as Region 1 but could not get a region 2 copy anywhere. I finally ordered a one for all remote in an attempt to get my Blu Ray player region 1 playable just so I could watch this! I took the plunge and ordered this, so imagine my surprise when the DVD arrived and it actually played on both my Blu Ray players. I checked the back and it turns out that although it is NTSC format it didn't have a region code I could see so needn't have bothered changing The Blu Ray's DVD region code!

Anyway the film is a classic and if you like Theresa Russell this is a must have. I'm really surprised Warner have not made this available for region 2 or made people aware that it is region free (certainly was from Supermart USA). Would highly recommend.
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It's a pity that this cop thriller isn't available on DVD because audiences are missing out on an effective story from actress-turned director, Sondra Locke. Theresa Russell plays a cop working undercover as a prostitute and Jeff Fahey is the DA. Theresa Russell gives a fine performance as the cop who actually finds the prostitute lifestyle quite attractive. This causes complications for the DA who is trying to get incrimminating evidence from a top gangster. The ending is a bit ambiguous but overall this underrated film is a lot better than some of the run-of-the-mill cop films out there.
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Loved this film when I saw it on TV years ago, but it seems impossible to buy a DVD of it. I was a big fan of the handsome, unusual-looking Jeff Fahey, and the sexual chemistry between he and Theresa Russell in this Cop Thriller is very enjoyable. A good story too, with a decent ending.
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Great film with a good story line and my favourite actress Theresa Russell giving another good performance, considering how old this movie is it has been transfered to dvd with good clear images and sound,

Well worth watching.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 36 reviews
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I didn't know what I was doing there..." 27 Nov. 2005
By Konrei - Published on Amazon.com
The alluring Theresa Russell has made a healthy film career out of playing prostitutes (one of her films was actually titled WHORE). In IMPULSE, also starring Jeff Fahey, Russell plays Lottie, an undercover cop who most often poses as---you guessed it---a prostitute.

Russell is hot onscreen, so hot the screen melts, even when she plays it straight. As an actress, she has a lock on the confused inner motivations of good girls gone bad or bad girls trying to be good, and it's hard to take your eyes off of her, not at least partially because she's engaging and imbues her emotionally conflicted characters with both depth and pathos.

Lottie poses as the hook in a major drug bust being managed by FBI agent Fahey who promptly falls into bed and in love with her. Lottie reacts typically---although she disdains this "nice guy," she yearns toward him as well.

Lottie's career is on the skids. In counseling and under Internal Affairs scrutiny, after a particularly brutal shootout, she impulsively goes over the line while having a drink in some bar and accompanies a stranger home for money. She reconsiders before her shoes get kicked under the bed, but while she makes her exit, this boyfriend d'jour is the victim of a hit. The circumstances of course compromise Lottie, who finds she can't tell the straight-shooting Fahey the full truth. Enter George Dzundza (Lieutenant Morgan) the embittered cop with a grudge against Lottie, who delights in sabotaging the Fahey-Russell relationship.

The chemistry between Fahey and Russell is palpable and the acting is excellent despite the overall "B" movie atmosphere. Russell's characterization is surprisingly strong, and the story doesn't let go until the credits roll.

Far better than you'd expect, IMPULSE delivers, and comes well recommended.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Involving drama 28 Jan. 2005
By J. Kasperson - Published on Amazon.com
I haven't seen this one for awhile, but it should be released on DVD, in my opinion. I have always enjoyed the performances of Jeff Fahey and Theresa Russell, separately, in their own respective careers, but in "Impulse" they are dynamite together. They have palpable chemistry that makes the film work. Their sex scene when they first get together was very hot, and very real. Good plot, good directing by Sondra Locke, good acting by Fahey, Russell, and a capable supporting cast. Good cop drama, that needs to be released on DVD!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Theresa Russell's Dangerous Impulse! 6 Jan. 2013
By Smrz - Published on Amazon.com
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Impulse(1990) is a stylish neo-noir that delivers good action with underlying layers of deception. It displays Russell's finest performance that captures the conflicts within her playing L.A.'s best undercover vice cop. It is indeed about time that it is now on dvd so that fans of both neo-noir,as well as police action-thrillers, can fully appreciate this underrated film. Russel plays Lottie Mason, who, is wild, dangerous, and kinky. Lottie is constantly in conflict with her job in vice and her real straight identity as an honest cop. When we first see Lottie walking down Hollywood Boulevard, we are also drawn to the decay of this side of Hollywood, with streets at night drenched with the rain-soaked neon signs of the cheap hotels that line the Boulevard. Lottie is dressed in a skin-tight, vinyl mini-dress with stiletto heels playing a prostitute. Her job is to lure men and then call in reinforcements after the "john" commits a bookable offense. Therein lies the perpetual conflict that Lottie faces every day and night. As an officer of the law, she is supposed to be honest and "good". But her job in vice demands that She be deceptive and "bad". Russel captures the never-ending conflict very well, both in her actions, as well as in her face and body. So this constant conflict captures Lottie as she teeters on the very thin line separating her life as a cop from the lurid, tantalizing life of neon glitz. As the film moves forward, it captures the toll that it takes on Lottie, especially evident in her face and body language. When Lottie stumbles into a situation in which she finds a key to a locker where she finds a suitcase with one million dollars in cold cash, she is once again caught in a cinflict as whether or not to keep the cash or play it straight and turn it in to the authorities. I will not reveal the twisted ending here so as not to "spoil" the finale. As I said before, Russell is indeed excellent here in capturing the never-ending conflict within herself. I found her co-star, Jeff Fahey, who plays the assistant D. A., rather weak as Lottie's love interest, and the only times that the film bogs down is their scenes together. As the police lieutenant who has strong feelings towards Lottie, George Dzundza, is much more convincing in his twisted role. The Film is 109 minutes long and the transfer to widescreen is very good. The movie was directed by Sondra Locke. As I said before, it is good to finally see this on dvd. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! SMRZ!!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sondra Locke directorial triumph 5 Feb. 2013
By John AM - Published on Amazon.com
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Finally released. Wonderful directorial triumph. Rarely have the mean streets and scary nights looked so beautiful, so reflective of what's going on in the character's experience. The action and love story are beautifully paced. And Teresa Russell has never been more vulnerably explosive--directed to a wonderfully nuanced performance.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good suspense; why isn't this movie on DVD? 29 July 2009
By Connie - Published on Amazon.com
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I agree with the comments of others on this movie. A movie this good should be preserved on DVD. The only copies available are used VHS tapes from rental libraries. It would be a shame to lose this film.
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