Basic Instinct

Basic Instinct

Paul Verhoeven (1992)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Director Paul Verhoeven's reputation is built on his wonderful lack of taste and restraint, and these "qualities" are fully to the fore in this controversial but massively successful thriller. Sharon Stone became a sex symbol of the 1990s thanks to her cool portrayal of the predatory novelist who may or may not be a murderer, but who enjoys tormenting policeman Michael Douglas all the same. Writer Joe Eszterhas shamelessly reworks ideas and themes he had earlier exploited in films such as Jagged Edge and Music Box, but the sheer overheated nature of Verhoeven's direction makes this extremely watchable.


A hard-drinking San Francisco cop investigates the case of a man murdered with an ice-pick, but his normally well-honed intuition starts letting him down as he falls for the sultry and manipulative chief suspect, the victim's former girlfriend. Thriller from director Paul Verhoeven, starring Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, George Dzundza and Jeanne Tripplehorn.

Cast & Crew

Det Nick Curran Michael Douglas
Catherine Tramell Sharon Stone
Dr Beth Garner Jeanne Tripplehorn
Gus George Dzundza
Harrigan Benjamin Mouton
Lt Walker Denis Arndt
Roxy Leilani Sarelle-Ferrer
Andrews Bruce A Young
Director Paul Verhoeven
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Guild Film Distribution LtdGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes, nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray