Showgirls

Showgirls

Paul Verhoeven (1995)

125min
bbfc_rating|ages_18_and_over Certificate
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Review

Our Score
According to director Paul Verhoeven, this controversial and much-reviled showbiz exposé is an incisive look at sleazy Las Vegas life. To almost everyone else, it is an instant kitsch classic that charts the rise of small-town girl Elizabeth Berkley from tawdry lap dancer to famed topless revue headliner. Practically nothing works in this tacky sashay through Valley of the Dolls clichés and unerotic burlesque. Apart from head showgirl Gina Gershon, everyone is miscast and the end result is nothing more than a posh sexploitation flick with tarnished good intentions. Sexist, offensive and pathetic? Or a gritty, truthful wake-up call? You decide - if you can stop giggling for long enough!

Summary

An ambitious stripper sets out to become a star in a Las Vegas show - but reckons without the dubious backstage backstabbing as the headliner of an erotic revue threatens to destroy her. Adult drama from Basic Instinct director Paul Verhoeven, starring Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan, Gina Gershon and Glenn Plummer.

Cast & Crew

Nomi Malone Elizabeth Berkley
Zack Carey Kyle MacLachlan
Cristal Connors Gina Gershon
James Smith Glenn Plummer
Al Torres Robert Davi
Tony Moss Alan Rachins
Director Paul Verhoeven
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse, nudity.Available on: video and DVD
Drama