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Showgirls

  • Drama
  • 1995
  • Paul Verhoeven
  • 125 mins
  • 18

Summary

Erotic drama from the writer and director of Basic Instinct, starring Elizabeth Berkley as Nomi Malone, a "dancing" hopeful who arrives in glittering Las Vegas and becomes caught up in the sleazy sex-and-drugs world of shady entrepreneur Zack Carey.

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Review

A star rating of 1 out of 5.

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!

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Credits

Cast

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Nomi MaloneElizabeth Berkley
Zack CareyKyle MacLachlan
Cristal ConnorsGina Gershon
James SmithGlenn Plummer
Al TorresRobert Davi
Tony MossAlan Rachins

Crew

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DirectorPaul Verhoeven

Details

Released on
1996-01-12
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse, nudity.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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