The Sure Thing (1985)
Nicollette’s first film role. In this movie, directed by Rob Reiner, Walter ‘Gib’ Gibson (Cusack), a self-involved college fresman decides to go cross country to visit his friend in California during Christmas break. Awaiting there is a bikini-clad babe whom his friend assures him is a "sure thing". Likewise planning a journey is Allison Bradbury, a beautiful but uptight student in Gib’s English class has also decided to head out to California to see her wealthy, stuffy law school boyfriend. Gib and Allison are thrust together on a road trip from hell, as the misadventures pile up, the initially contentious pair begin to find each other’s company to be tolerable. Now, what will become of Gib’s "sure thing?" Pays subtle homage, with gentle lyricism, to the classic screwballs of early Hollywood.
Nicollette plays The Sure Thing, the girl willing to be with Gib, no strings attached. She’s seen in a bikini in most of the movie and barely has a few words towards the end.
"He thinks you might be gay"
Lucky Chances (1990)
Based on Jackie Collin’s novels "Chances" and "Lucky", this miniseries features the rise of Gino Santangelo in the Las Vegas casino industry, and his daughter Lucky’s struggle to maintain the family empire.
Youg street punk Gino bootlegs ilicit booze while he searches for a way to climb the ladder of success. He is soon guided into the lucrative world of big business. And eventually opens a lavish casino in fast-growing Las Vegas. His happiness seems complete with the birth of his daughter, Lucky. But her wild, headstrong ways to prove herself become the bane of his life, while the many enemies he made will do anything to bring down his empire and cause him pain.
Nicollette died her hair for this role, and plays Lucky Santangelo Richmond Stanislopolous Golden; both teen and her adult self. She does a great job portraying a woman trying to prove herself in a men’s world.
"Daddy’s not gonna miss me"
"Gino, I want you to say hello to my future"
Noises Off… (1992)
Lloyd Fellows is the director of a theatre company. He’s desperately trying to get his production together, despite the best efforts of the cast, the crew, and Lady Luck. We follow the production from final rehersals, through opening night, and onto the tour: as with any group of actors forced to work closely together for any great length of time, romances and arguments are bound to break out. Quite often, what’s happening on stage is nothing compared to what’s happening backstage.
The movie is adaptated from the 1982 play written by Michael Frayn, having some changes made for the theatrical release. The concept is a play within a play. It received mixed critics.
This time Nicollette plays two characters in one. Brooke Ashton, the actress and Vicki the role Brooke portraits on the play. Famous for being myopic, Brooke knows her lines by heart and keeps saying them even if her castmates are forced to change the dialogues.
"That’s another bathroom. You always try to get me in the bathrooms!"
"You mean Selsdon? I’m not blind. I can see Selsdon"
A Time To Heal (1994)
Based on a true story, this NBC movie tells the story of Jenny, who suffers a stroke (caused by protein deficiency) during childbirth and leaves her husband Jay to juggle a career and fatherhood. Jay has to come to terms with the loss of his ‘old’ wife and shows amazing courage by sticking by her and learning to adapt to the harsh reality of a new lifestyle. Life becomes a struggle for both of them and although Jay is very pleased his wife is still alive he also has to deal with his feelings of loss once she starts to get better. The story illustrates the huge practical and emotional difficulties a family can face following a partner’s major illness and that sometimes it is possible to grieve for someone even though they have survived.
Nicollette tried to change with this movie, playing Jenny Barton. She worked hard and spent weeks at Northridge Hospital. She worked with physical therapists and even used a wheelchair in her house to try and duplicate her characer’s struggle. She tried to simulate paralysis and aphasia. She also talked with real life Jenny to get into her head.
Virus (Formula For Death) (1995)
"The virus is the mankind’s ultimamte predator". Based on Robin Cook’s novel "Outbreak".
A deadly virus outbreaks in L.A. Dr Marissa Blumenthal from the CDC is assignated to the case but gets dismissed soon. She’s sent to St Louis to what it’s believed a false alarm but turns out the virus is spreading over the country. Being young and lacking experience, she’s asked to call her superior to come. But she won’t let this go and keeps investigating on her own. She discovers a pattern on the first patient on every city but while trying to find proves she’s accussed of stealing and spreading the virus herself. Now she has to prove her theory and watch for her life.
Nicollette is Marissa, the young doctor who gets her first case on the CDC. She tries to prove herself to all the people who think she got the job for her boyfriend and not because she deserves it. She plays, again with William Devane, and she plays, again, her girlfriend.
"Doctor, this has nothing to do with my age"
"This isn’t my little stupid theory anymore"
Spy Hard (1996)
Spoof movie. The plot is the standard story of secret agent Dick Steele, Agent WD-40 (a play on 007) who, along with Veronique Ukrinsky, Agent 3.14, must stop the evil genius, General Rancor from taking over the world. Rancor was wounded in an earlier encounter and no longer has arms; however, he can ‘arm’ himself by attaching robotic limbs with various weapons attached.
General Rancor is threatening to destroy the world with a missile he is hiding at his secret base. But to complete his goal, he needs a special computer chip, invented by the scientist Professor Ukrinsky.
Different pop culture and movie references can be seen during the movie.
Nicollette, as a brunette this time, plays Agent 3.14 daughter of Profesor Ukrinsky, kidnapped by General Rancor. A funny role that mixes sexuality and lots of action scenes.
"Have a nice flight and I wish you adieus"
"Follow the path of your pendand to find me"
The People Next Door (1996)
When helpless Anna Morse decides to leave her violent husband for good and moves into an Albuquerque rental house with her three little daughters, things are gradually looking up again at first. But soon enough it all starts to fall apart when not only her newfound job and the love of her domineering mother, but also the friendship of the caring next door neighbours all don’t appear as reliable as they seemed as they inveigle their way into the household and threaten Anna’s relationship with her beloved daughters. And then the real nightmare begins.
It’s when she
must be stronger than ever and prove the police and her own mother wrong by facing all the troubles ahead.
This time she gets to play Faye Dunaway’s daughter, Anna. A caring and devoted mother that trusts the wrong people but never loses her hope.
"I’m sick and tired of you criticize everything in my life"
"I might not give them any extras- But they’re my kids and I love them"
Beverly Hills Ninja (1997)
Following a ship wreck, a baby is rescued by a clan of ninja warriors and raised by them under the pretenses that he is the Great White Ninja. But Haru, as he is called, never quite conforms to their culture and never acquires the skills of a ninja but is nonetheless good-natured and persevering in his personal ambitions.
Believing Haru to be a ninja, a woman hires him to spy on her boyfriend. Hot on the boyfriend’s trail, Haru witnesses a murder and eventually ends up in Beverly Hills to protect the woman.
Surviving on dumb luck and a designated guardian ninja, Haru never gives up on his task.
In this movie, she plays a character with two names: Sally Jones and Allison Page, who hires a ninja to follow her boyfriend, whom she suspects of killing her sister.
"Your loyalty is most appreciated"
"Oh great! We just lost 5 minutes"
.Com For Murder (2002)
In cyberspace no one can hear you scream. In this internet-based thriller; Sondra decides to have a little fun while her boyfriend is away and logs into an on-line chatroom under his username and password. Unfortunately, she attracts the attention of a dangerous predator who has already killed before, and makes it his mission to destroy both Sondra and her sister, Misty, who is there for the night.
Sondra and Misty must match wits against a psychotic hacker with a taste for blood in a house controlled by computers, which he won’t hesitate to turn against the owners to gain access to the house and mislead the police that, after a few calls from the siters, are on his trail.
Nicollette plays Nastassja Kinski’s character sister, Misty. Who is at the house to nurse her sister while she recovers from her ski accident.
"I cannot sit here and watch this"
"I’m not gonna die"
Haven’t We Met Before? (2002)
Based on Mary Higgins Clark’s story; after attempting to murder a woman claiming she had let him hang for murder over 100 years ago, Stephen Koening is committed to a hospital for the criminally insane, but suspicious Detective Jack Cobel heads up the police investigation, delving into Koening’s many "past life injustices" to determine if he’s linked to the deaths of other innocent victims. In an attempt to prove it, he unknowingly jeopardizes four other lives – including his own.
He goes into learning about past lives, wether or not it actually can happen or the criminal is making everything up just to get free of the murders. Dectetive Cobel gets the help of law student, and survivor victim, on chasing the criminal throught the years.
Nicollette plays Emily Winton, the woman of desire of the criminal of the movie, in all of her lives; and the law student helper of Dectective Cobel.
"It’s a pretty romantic notion. Searching the centuries for the woman that you love"
"No, he’s not dangerous. He’s just a jerk"
Deadly Betrayal (2003)
As a successful television news cameraman, Jeff Randal’s job finds him frequently out of town on assignment for days at a time, leaving his wife Donna alone with the couple’s young daughter.
Bored by the lack of company and hungering for attention, Donna soon becomes romantically involved with her daughter’s handsome teacher Alan. Finally Jeff gets a position where he won’t be travelling and Donna ends it but Alan’s past beings to surface and the affair turns deadly. Donna digs into it trying to get him out of their lives forever and getting proof for the police. Now she must fight not only for her own life, but the life of her family as well.
Nicollette is Donna Randal, a woman who faces the consequences of a bad choice made in a moment of weakness. Multilayered character: woman, wife, mother and friend.
"We used to be important"
"I have nothing left to lose"
Lost Treasure (2003)
Officer Carl McBride stumbles upon a rare map in an art heist arranged by millionare Ricardo Arterra. The map is supposed to be for the whereabouts of the lost treasure of Christopher Columbus at some place in the Panamanian region. Carl asks for help to his brother, map cryptographer Bryan.
Arterra kidnaps Carl and it leads Bryan on a chase to find his brother and the missing overlay of the map that will lead them to the fortune. Bryan enlists the pilot services of tough, distracted Carrie, and along for the ride there’s a couple, costumers of Carrie’s. A storm makes their plane crash on an island, where they’ll have fight not just the weather but a bunch of criminals.
"We can talk, alright? But we’re gonna talk policy"
"Name’s Carrie, not ‘honey’"
Deadly Visions (2004)
Also known as Possessed. Ann Culver lost her sight and her unborn child in an accident. Although her vision was restored through a corneal transplant, the lost of her baby remains a painful void. Ever since she had the transplant she has been seeing bizarre things: a little girl she doesn’t know, a filthy construction site, a man coming toward her with a crowbar. Her husband and doctors think these visions are psychological–a manifestation of grief over losing her child. But Ann feels there’s a better explanation: the disjointed images she sees are an insight to the life and brutal murder of her organ donor. Soliciting the aid of Jasmine, an eccentric psychic, Ann hones in on the killer and her nightmares become a reality that she may not survive.
Nicollette is Ann Culver, another character who gets in a life-threating position when tries to discover the truth behind her nightmares.
"They happen when I’m awake. Like little movies they play in my eyes"
"She said I had to deal with my past in order to move on"
Code Name: The Cleaner (2007)
Jake wakes up in a hotel room beside a dead FBI agent and a suitcase full of money. He does not remember anything. As he runs from the hotel, he met a woman, who tells him she’s his wife. Jake overhears Diane and a doctor discuss how to bring back Jake’s memory and he runs away with the money. Jake goes back to the hotel in disguise and gets an envelope at the reception office which has a D.A.R.T card in it. During this course of the plot he keeps getting flash episodes of him dressed as a special ops guy and fighting bad guys. He is convinced that he is a spy and forgot about it. He now sits at a diner in front of D.A.R.T and meets Gina here. She tells him that Jake works as a janitor at D.A.R.T, which he does not believe.
Nicollette is Diane, Jake’s suppossed wife. This time she gets to play the real bad guy and even get in a fight with Charlie’s Angel Lucy Liu.
"I can’t believe you don’t remember your own wife!"
"I questioned him, up close"
Honeymoon For One (2011)
Devastated when she finds out her fiancé has cheated on her, Eve leaves him behind and goes alone to their honeymoon trip, to a castle Greg’s company has bought and wants to turn into a golf course. But everything goes wrong for her, lost luggage, reminders of her failed relationship and constant run-ins with the estate’s manager. But Sean soon sweeps her off her feet showing her the beauties of the countryside; teaching her fishing and horseback riding. Eve might even find the solution to her business when she meets, and bonds, with Sean’s talented daughter. But Greg isn’t giving up that easily and when things are getting smoother for her and Sean, he arrives in Ireland to get Eve back, or is the castle what he wants?
Nicollette plays Eve Parker, an advertising executive from Los Angeles, who decides to go on her honeymoon alone after her fiancé cheats on her. There, she starts to see things differently with the help of nature-loving Sean.
"There is when that vacation is supposed to be your honeymoon"
"I bet you sweet-talk all the ladies like this"