Saturday, September 7, 2013

Basic Instinct

1992 American/French Feature

Cast: Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Denis Arndt, Leilani Sarelle, Bruce A. Young, Chelcie Ross, Dorothy Malone, Wayne Knight, Daniel von Bargen and Stephen Tobolowsky
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Writer: Joe Eszterhas

Detective Nick Curran becomes obsessed with the alluring author Catherine Tramell, who is the main suspect in a brutal murder that is reminiscent of a crime detailed in one of her books.


  • Internet Movie Database: 6.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 54% / Audience: 63 %
  • Metacritic - Critics: 34% / Audience: 7.1%
  • OMG rating: 4 /10

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available


  • Academy Award nominations for Best Original Score and Film Editing.
  • Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actress - Drama (Stone) and Original Score.

  • Even before its release, Basic Instinct generated heated controversy due to its overt sexuality and graphic depiction of violence. It was strongly opposed by the GLBT community, who criticized the film's depiction of homosexual relationships and the portrayal of a bisexual woman as a murderous sociopath. Filming in San Francisco was protested by gay and lesbian rights activists and demonstrators, and riot police were present at every location daily to deal with the crowds. When the movie was released, the activists handed out flyers saying who the murderer was to ruin the plot for moviegoers. Nevertheless, the movie opened at the top of the box office its first weekend and went on to become one of the highest grossing movies of the year.
  • Director Paul Verhoeven said that he wanted to make Basic Instinct the first Hollywood mainstream film with an erect penis in it. He didn't get his wish, as Michael Douglas declined to go full frontal (or to let his character be bisexual). However, Verhoeven did get a limp penis on screen, as seen on the murder victim when the police examine his body. Verhoeven also wanted a lesbian love scene to be added to the script, but screenwriter Joe Eszterhas thought such a scene would be gratuitous and the idea was abandoned.
  • Potential Director: Milos Forman.
  • Casting Call: Joan Allen, Nancy Allen, Richard Dean Anderson, Rosanna Arquette, Ellen Barkin, Drew Barrymore, Kim Basinger, Annette Bening, Tom Berenger, Elizabeth Berkley, Lara Flynn Boyle, Jeff Bridges, Nicolas Cage, Helena Bonham Carter, Kim Cattrall, Patricia Clarkson, Jennifer Connelly, Kevin Costner, Courteney Cox, Geena Davis, Rebecca De Mornay, Robert De Niro, Laura Dern, Amanda Donohoe, Alison Doody, Linda Fiorentino, Bridget Fonda, Harrison Ford, Richard Gere, Gina Gershon, Mel Gibson, Valeria Golino, Heather Graham, Jennifer Grey, Melanie Griffith, Linda Hamilton, Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, John Heard, Mariel Hemingway, Anjelica Huston, Don Johnson, Nicole Kidman, Diane Lane, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Heather Locklear, Courtney Love, Kelly Lynch, Andie MacDowell, Madonna, Virginia Madsen, Kelly McGillis, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson, Catherine O'Hara, Lena Olin, Tatum O'Neal, Annette O'Toole, Al Pacino, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kelly Preston, Dennis Quaid, Julia Roberts, Mimi Rogers, Isabella Rossellini, Theresa Russell, Meg Ryan, Winona Ryder, Greta Scacchi, Ally Sheedy, Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen, Cybill Shepherd, Elisabeth Shue, Ione Skye, Wesley Snipes, Sylvester Stallone, Madeleine Stowe, Uma Thurman, Marisa Tomei, John Travolta, Kathleen Turner, Denzel Washington, Peter Weller, Bruce Willis and Robin Wright.
  • Film debut of Jeanne Tripplehorn.
  • The 2006 sequel Basic Instinct 2, with Sharon Stone returning as Catherine Tramell, was critically panned and a box office flop. It "won" four Razzie Awards, including Worst Picture and Worst Actress (Stone).

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