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Joe Eszterhas

Joe Eszterhas was born on November 23, 1944 in Csakanydoroszlo, Hungary as József Eszterhás. He is a writer and producer, known for Basic Instinct (1992), Nowhere to Run (1993) and Flashdance (1983). He has been married to Naomi Baka since July 30, 1994. They have four children. He was previously married to Geraldine Javer. See full bio »
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Basic Instinct
Nowhere to Run
Flashdance Writer
Showgirls Writer


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 2011 Showgirls 2: Penny's from Heaven (characters - uncredited)
 2006 Children of Glory (screenplay) / (story)
 2006 Basic Instinct 2 (characters)
 1997 Telling Lies in America (written by)
 1995 Showgirls (written by)
 1995 Jade (written by)
 1993 Sliver (screenplay)
 1993 Nowhere to Run (screenplay) / (story)
 1992 Basic Instinct (written by)
 1989 Music Box (written by)
 1989 Checking Out (written by)
 1988 Betrayed (written by)
 1987 Hearts of Fire (screenplay)
 1987 Big Shots (written by)
 1985 Jagged Edge (written by)
 1983 Flashdance (screenplay)
 1978 F.I.S.T. (screenplay) / (story)
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Book, "F I S T," a novel. See more »

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I've always been fascinated by the notion that we don't ever know one another - that lovers and family members may not really know their mates or parents. I played with that theme in Betrayed (1988), Music Box (1989), Jagged Edge (1985), Basic Instinct (1992) and Sliver (1993). According to the critics, though, screenwriters aren't allowed to have themes. However, novelists and directors are. But... See more »


Prior to writing for "Rolling Stone" and breaking into films, he worked as a reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Former co-workers at the paper have suggested the move to screenwriting was a wise choice, since "Joe was always more interested in fiction." See more »


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