Acting on Impulse

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Acting on Impulse
theatrical poster
Directed by Sam Irvin
Produced by Michael Jaffe
Mark Benton Johnson
David Peters
Screenplay by Mark Pittman
Alan Moskowitz
Story by Solomon Weingarten
Starring C. Thomas Howell
Linda Fiorentino
Nancy Allen
Music by Daniel Licht
Cinematography Dean Lent
Edited by Neil Grieve
Spectacor Films
Distributed by Showtime Networks
Academy Home Entertainment
Release date
  • June 3, 1993 (1993-06-03)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Acting on Impulse is a 1993 film starring Linda Fiorentino, Nancy Allen and C. Thomas Howell. The film, which is also known under the alternate titles Secret Lives and Eyes of a Stranger, premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival on June 3, 1993[1] before being broadcast by Showtime on July 10, 1993.[2] Adam Ant, Isaac Hayes, Zelda Rubinstein and Dick Sargent, in his last role, make cameo appearances.[3]

Critical response[edit]

The Kansas City Star called Acting on Impulse "perverse fun"[4] while Entertainment Weekly noted it as an "inevitable goofball thriller" saying of the ensemble, "The best bits here are the ones that seem to be going nowhere—the scenes of Fiorentino, C. Thomas Howell, and Nancy Allen drunkenly goofing around are simultaneously relaxed and fraught with sexual tension."[5]


  1. ^ "Preems pervasive at Seattle Film Fest". Variety. May 13, 1993. Retrieved April 3, 2015. 
  2. ^ "TV REVIEWS : A Horror Picture Star Finds Romance in a Sleek Thriller". Los Angeles Times. July 10, 1993. Retrieved April 3, 2015. 
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