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Basic Instinct -- San Francisco detective Nick Curran is investigating the murder of a once-celebrated rock star and he's made a few unsettling discoveries: a bloody ice pick, a white silk scarf tied to a bedpost and evidence of an otherwise romantic evening.
Basic Instinct -- A police detective is in charge of the investigation of a brutal murder, in which a beautiful and seductive woman could be involved.


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Writer (WGA):
Joe Eszterhas (written by)
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20 March 1992 (USA) See more »
A brutal murder. A brilliant killer. A cop who can't resist the danger. See more »
A violent, suspended police detective investigates a brutal murder, in which a seductive woman could be involved. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 17 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Douglas ... Detective Nick Curran

Sharon Stone ... Catherine Tramell

George Dzundza ... Gus

Jeanne Tripplehorn ... Dr. Beth Garner

Denis Arndt ... Lieutenant Walker

Leilani Sarelle ... Roxy

Bruce A. Young ... Andrews

Chelcie Ross ... Captain Talcott

Dorothy Malone ... Hazel Dobkins

Wayne Knight ... John Correli

Daniel von Bargen ... Lieutenant Nilsen (as Daniel Von Bargen)

Stephen Tobolowsky ... Dr. Lamott

Benjamin Mouton ... Harrigan

Jack McGee ... Sheriff
Bill Cable ... Johnny Boz
Stephen Rowe ... Internal Affairs Investigator

Mitch Pileggi ... Internal Affairs Investigator

Mary Pat Gleason ... Juvenile Officer

Freda Foh Shen ... Berkeley Registrar
William Duff-Griffin ... Dr. Myron

James Rebhorn ... Dr. McElwaine

David Wells ... Polygraph Examiner
Bradford English ... Campus Policeman
Mary Ann Rodgers ... Nurse

Adilah Barnes ... Nurse
Irene Olga López ... Maid (as Irene Olga Lopez)

Juanita Jennings ... Receptionist
Craig C. Lewis ... Bartender - Police Bar
Michael David Lally ... Detective

Peter Appel ... Detective
Michael Halton ... Bartender - Country Western Bar
Keith McDaniel ... Featured Dancer (as Keith A. McDaniel)
Eric Poppick ... Coroner's Guy
Ron Cacas ... Policeman

Kayla Blake ... Roxy's Friend (as Elsie Sniffen)
Ken Liebenson ... Doo Wah Riders
Lindy Rasmusson ... Doo Wah Riders
Byron Berline ... Doo Wah Riders
Eddie Dunbar ... Doo Wah Riders
Tod McKibbin ... Doo Wah Riders
Julie Bond ... Hand Puppet Model
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jeanne Basone ... (unconfirmed)

Doreen Foo Croft ... (unconfirmed)
Christa Connor ... Disco Patron (uncredited)

Marla Gibbs ... Florence Johnston in The Jeffersons (archive footage) (uncredited)

Sherman Hemsley ... George Jefferson in The Jeffersons (archive footage) (uncredited)
Patricia Anne Isgate-Hayward ... Classmate (uncredited)

Dave LaBrucherie ... Driver (uncredited)

Anne Lockhart ... Disco Patron (uncredited)

Andy Rolfes ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Bob Sallese ... Internal Affairs Detective (uncredited)

Theodore Carl Soderberg ... Disco Bartender (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Verhoeven 
Writing credits
Joe Eszterhas (written by)

Produced by
William S. Beasley .... associate producer
Louis D'Esposito .... associate producer
Mario Kassar .... executive producer
Alan Marshall .... producer
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Jan de Bont (director of photography) (as Jan De Bont)
Film Editing by
Frank J. Urioste 
Casting by
Howard Feuer 
Production Design by
Terence Marsh 
Set Decoration by
Anne Kuljian 
Costume Design by
Nino Cerruti 
Ellen Mirojnick 
Makeup Department
Audrey L. Anzures .... hair stylist
Rob Bottin .... special makeup effects designer and creator
Catherine Childers .... hair stylist: second unit, San Francisco
Catherine Childers .... makeup artist: second unit, San Francisco
Laura De'Atley .... body makeup: Los Angeles (as Laura De' Atley)
David Forrest .... makeup artist: Los Angeles (as David Craig Forrest)
Virginia G. Hadfield .... additional hair stylist: Los Angeles
Paul LeBlanc .... hair stylist: Los Angeles (as Paul Le Blanc)
Vincent Prentice .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
William S. Beasley .... unit production manager
Cliff T.E. Roseman .... unit supervisor: second unit, San Francisco (as Clifford Roseman)
Michael R. Sloan .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
M. James Arnett .... second unit director: San Francisco
Joel Chernoff .... second unit director: Los Angeles
Louis D'Esposito .... first assistant director
Eric Jewett .... first assistant director: second unit, San Francisco
Nina Kostroff-Noble .... second assistant director (as Nina Kostroff)
Charlie Picerni .... second unit director
Annie Spiegelman .... second assistant director: second unit, San Francisco
Michael Viglietta .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Dick Anderson .... construction gang boss: Los Angeles (as Richard Anderson)
Kristin Argue .... drapery
Sharon Barnebey .... construction gang boss: Los Angeles
Roy Barnes .... assistant art director: Los Angeles
Mark Bates .... construction gang boss: Los Angeles
Stephen Myles Berger .... set designer: Los Angeles (as Steve Berger)
James Bergmann .... construction gang boss: Los Angeles
Mark Billerman .... art director: San Francisco
Jonathan Bobbitt .... swing gang: Los Angeles (as Jonathan Bobbit)
Chris Chichotka .... construction foreman: Los Angeles
Randy L. Childs .... propmaker gangboss
Jennifer Clinard .... stand-by painter: San Francisco
Richard W. Clot .... construction coordinator: San Francisco (as Rich Clot)
Raymond F. Cooper .... construction gang boss: Los Angeles (as Raymond Cooper)
Rosemary De Cicco .... construction gang boss: Los Angeles
B.J. Fredrickson .... scenic artist: San Francisco
Dick Girod .... paint foreman: Los Angeles (as Richard Girod)
William Girod .... stand-by painter: Los Angeles (as William L. Girod)
Ruby Guidara .... swing gang: Los Angeles (as Diana Guidara)
Augustin Hernandez Jr. .... construction gang boss: Los Angeles
Stephen Hessel .... art department assistant: San Francisco
Karen Higgins .... general construction foreman: Los Angeles (as Karen Higgens)
Daniel Kelly .... construction foreman: Los Angeles
Gary F. Kieldrup .... assistant property master: Los Angeles (as Gary Kieldrup)
Steven Kissick .... construction gang boss: Los Angeles (as Steve Kissick)
Anne Kuljian .... set decorator: Los Angeles
Mary Ellen Leonard .... set dressing assistant: San Francisco
David Lowery .... illustrator: Los Angeles
Gregory Lynch Jr. .... carpenter
Sean R. MacCaul .... construction foreman: Los Angeles (as Sean Maccaul)
Brad Martinez .... swing gang: San Francisco (as Bradley T. Martinez)
Stacey S. McIntosh .... construction coordinator: Los Angeles (as Stacey McIntosh)
Augustine Mendez Jr. .... construction foreman: Los Angeles
Barbara Mesney .... set designer: San Francisco
Ervin Miller .... construction gang boss: Los Angeles
Ray Mondoux .... assistant construction coordinator: San Francisco (as Raymond E. Mondoux)
Joseph Musso .... production illustrator
George L. Oldham .... swing gang: San Francisco
Paul Olson .... assistant props: second unit, San Francisco
Dennis J. Parrish .... property master: Los Angeles
Hope M. Parrish .... assistant props: Los Angeles
Thomas Power .... art department assistant: Los Angeles (as Tom Power)
Randall Prochaska .... construction gang boss: Los Angeles (as Randall Prochasskka)
Melinda Ritz .... assistant set decorator: Los Angeles
Bert Rodriguez .... construction gang boss: Los Angeles
Gary E. Roloff .... leadman: San Francisco (as Gary Roloff)
Mark Seay .... construction foreman: Los Angeles
Wayne Shepherd .... lead man: Los Angeles
Craig T. Shordon .... painter: Los Angeles (as Craig Shordon)
Michelle Souza .... assistant props: San Francisco (as Michele L. Souza)
Rob Stevens .... construction estimator: Los Angeles
Brian Swanson .... construction gang boss: Los Angeles
Louis Terry .... swing gang: Los Angeles
Keith Urban .... general foreman: San Francisco
Richard Wheeler .... propmaker: Los Angeles
Matthew Whitting .... swing gang: San Francisco (as Matthew Witting)
Lyndell Wolff .... carpenter
John L. Wood Jr. .... propmaker
Aaron Zajac .... assistant props: Carmel (as Aaron J. Zajac)
J. Michael Davis .... set dresser (uncredited)
Michael Meier .... carpenter (uncredited)
Jeffrey Whitman .... carpenter (uncredited)
Doug E. Williams .... carpenter: San Francisco (uncredited)
Sound Department
David A. Arnold .... dialogue editor
Ron Bartlett .... sound effects editor
Dean Beville .... foley editor
John Brilhante .... sound re-recordist (as John W. Brilhante)
Carlos Delarios .... sound re-recording mixer (as Carlos de Larios)
Susan Dudeck .... dialogue editor
John Dunn .... sound effects editor
Donald Flick .... sound effects editor
Judee Flick .... foley editor
Stephen Hunter Flick .... sound effects editor
Barbara Gandolfo-Frady .... adr assistant
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley recordist
Douglas Greenfield .... stereo consultant: Dolby (as Doug Greenfield)
Scott Hecker .... supervising dialogue editor (as Scott A. Hecker)
Edward J. Hernandez .... dubbing engineer (as Eddie Hernandez)
Mauriece Jacks Jr. .... cableman: Los Angeles (as Maury Jacks)
Ken Johnson .... sound effects recordist (as Ken S. Johnson)
Doug Kent .... assistant dialogue editor (as Douglas Kent)
Michael J. Kohut .... sound re-recording mixer
Nicholas Vincent Korda .... adr editor (as Nick Korda)
Dan O'Connell .... foley artist
Thomas J. O'Connell .... adr mixer (as Tom O'Connell)
Greg Orloff .... foley mixer (as Gregg Orloff)
Donald Ortiz .... assistant sound effects editor
Sonny Pettijohn .... assistant sound effects editor
John Pospisil .... special sound effects
Eric Potter .... sound effects recordist
Charleen Richards .... adr mixer (as Charlene Richards)
Zeke Richardson .... sound editor
Aaron Rochin .... sound re-recording mixer
Geoffrey G. Rubay .... sound effects editor (as Geoffry G. Rubay)
Fred Runner .... boom operator
Fred Runner .... sound recordist: Los Angeles
Norman B. Schwartz .... adr supervisor
Dan Sharp .... sound re-recordist (as Daniel Sharp)
Michael R. Sloan .... post-production sound supervisor
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist (as Alicia Svenson)
Nelson Stoll .... production sound supervisor: Los Angeles
Marvin Walowitz .... sound effects editor
Rosemarie Wheeler .... adr editor
Special Effects by
John Frazier .... special effects coordinator: Los Angeles
Bruce Y. Kuroyama .... special effects technician
Steve Riley .... special effects technician
Jim Schwalm .... special effects gang boss: Los Angeles (as James D. Schwalm)
Harold Selig .... special effects assistant: Los Angeles (as Hal Selig)
Roland Blancaflor .... special effects technician: Rob Bottin Productions (uncredited)
Becky Ochoa .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Henry Alvarez .... visual effects crew: Rob Bottin
Rob Bottin .... special visual effects
James Clark .... visual effects crew: Rob Bottin
William Cruse .... optical consultant: Los Angeles, Cruse & Co. (as Bill Cruse)
Fernando Favila .... visual effects crew: Rob Bottin
Gunnar Ferdinandsen .... visual effects crew: Rob Bottin (as Gunner Ferdinandsen)
Peter Kuran .... opticals: V.C.E., Inc.
Art Pimentel .... visual effects crew: Rob Bottin
Margaret Prentice .... visual effects crew: Rob Bottin
Vincent Prentice .... visual effects crew: Rob Bottin
Tom Prosser .... visual effects crew: Rob Bottin
Sam Sainz .... visual effects crew: Rob Bottin
Russell Shinkle .... visual effects crew: Rob Bottin (as Russ Shinkle)
Dawn Shirlock .... visual effects crew: Rob Bottin
Loren Soman .... visual effects crew: Rob Bottin
Wayne Strong .... visual effects crew: Rob Bottin
Pam Vick .... rotoscope animation: VCE
Pam Vick .... rotoscope artist
Todd Weslow .... visual effects crew: Rob Bottin
Al Magliochetti .... visual effects (uncredited)
M. James Arnett .... stunt coordinator
Seth Arnett .... stunt player
Sandy Berumen .... stunt double: Ms. Stone
Janet Brady .... stunt double: Ms. Sarelle
Rocky Capella .... stunt player
Steven Chambers .... stunt player (as Steve Chambers)
Janeen Damian .... stunt player (as Janeen Best)
Mike De Luna .... stunt player (as Mike DeLuna)
Justin De Rosa .... stunt player (as Justin DeRosa)
Gary Epper .... stunt player
Jon H. Epstein .... stunt coordinator
Jon H. Epstein .... stunt player (as John Epstein)
Donna Evans .... stunt double: Ms. Stone
Marian Green .... stunt player
Tommy J. Huff .... stunt player (as Tom Huff)
Maria R. Kelly .... stunt player (as Maria Kelly)
Janet Lee Orcutt .... stunt player (as Janet Orcutt)
Manny Perry .... stunt player
Randy Peters .... stunt player
Charlie Picerni .... stunt coordinator (as Charles Picerni)
Michael Runyard .... stunt double: Mr. Douglas
Mark Le Mon .... stunt double: Mr. Douglas (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Adcock .... first assistant camera: Los Angeles
Miles Anderson .... electrician: Carmel
Paul Avery .... electrician: Los Angeles (as Paul E. Avery)
Robert J. Babin .... best boy grip: Los Angeles (as Bob Babin)
Hans Bjerno .... camera technician: Wescam, aerial unit
Eric Blum .... electrician: San Francisco
Dave Childers .... key grip: second unit, San Francisco
Michael J. Coo .... key grip: Los Angeles (as Michael Coo)
Joseph Emanuele .... electrician: San Francisco (as Joseph G. Emanuele)
Don Estes .... grip: Los Angeles (as Donald P. Estes)
Michael Ferris .... director of photography: second unit, San Francisco
Kelly Flood .... grip: Carmel
Scot Gaal .... electrician: Los Angeles
Joseph Graham .... dolly grip: Los Angeles (as Joe Graham)
Jeffrey Greeley .... second assistant camera: second unit, San Francisco
Christopher Hager .... grip: Los Angeles
Frank Helbig .... electrician: San Francisco
Don L. Henderson .... grip: San Francisco
Fran Hughes .... grip: Carmel (as Francis O. Hughes)
Chris Kievman .... camera: special effects
Chris Kievman .... electrician
Chris Kievman .... grip: special effects shooting unit
Steve Koster .... camera technician: Wescam, aerial unit
Leslie J. Kovacs .... gaffer: Los Angeles (as Les Kovacs)
William Leslie .... grip: Los Angeles
Mark A. Lewis .... grip: San Francisco (as Mark Lewis)
John Malvino .... second assistant camera: second unit, San Francisco
Kim Marks .... camera operator: second unit, San Francisco
J. Steven Matzinger .... second assistant camera: Los Angeles (as Steve Matzinger)
Stan McClain .... camera operator: Wescam, aerial unit
Larry McConkey .... Steadicam operator: Los Angeles
Benny McNulty .... best boy electric: Los Angeles
Ralph Nelson .... still photographer: Los Angeles
Peter Newfield .... grip: Carmel
David Noble .... grip: Carmel
Mark Otewalt .... grip: Carmel
Joe Carl Parsons .... best boy: second unit, San Francisco
Bill Pelkey .... electrician: San Francisco
Bradford Ralston .... video playback operator: Los Angeles (as Brad Ralston)
E. Christopher Reed .... rigging gaffer: Los Angeles
Calmar Roberts .... first assistant camera: Los Angeles (as Cal Roberts)
Kenny Schneider .... electrician: Los Angeles (as Kenneth L. Schneider)
Michael J. Schwartz .... electrician: Los Angeles
Michael Scott .... camera operator: Los Angeles
Frank Strzalkowski .... gaffer: second unit, San Francisco
Kevin Thompson .... electrician: San Francisco
Paul Threlkeld .... rigging grip: Los Angeles
Randy Troyanek .... grip: Los Angeles
I.J. Van Perre .... grip: San Francisco
Jorgen Wedseltoft .... first assistant camera: second unit, San Francisco
Julian Whatley .... first assistant camera: second unit, San Francisco
Sam Whedon .... electrician: Carmel
Robert A. Williamson .... electrician: Carmel (as Robert Williamson)
Steven J. Mikolas .... video assist (uncredited)
Casting Department
Judith Bouley .... casting: San Francisco
Aslihan Coker .... casting associate
Jakki Fink .... casting assistant (as Jaclyn Fink)
Mariann H.W. Lee .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Becker .... costumer: men, San Francisco
Michael Dennison .... costume supervisor: Los Angeles
Nancy Foreman .... wardrobe seamstress: San Francisco
Deborah Hopper .... costume supervisor: women, Los Angeles
Anthony J. Scarano .... costumer: men, Los Angeles (as Anthony Scarano)
Editorial Department
John Bickford .... dailies advisor
Derek Brechin .... first assistant editor (as Derek G. Brechin)
Noori Dehnahi .... post-production coordinator
Douglas Kunin .... editorial production assistant
Teressa Longo .... second assistant editor
Bob Putynkowski .... color timer
Marianne Urioste .... apprentice editor
Music Department
Bruce Botnick .... music mixer
Bruce Botnick .... music recordist
Bart Brown .... music researcher
Lois Carruth .... assistant to composer: Mr. Goldsmith
Alexander Courage .... orchestrator
Robin Glenn .... music coordinator
Jerry Goldsmith .... conductor
Kenneth Hall .... music editor (as Ken Hall)
Suzanne Hayden .... music consultant: club music
Tom Hayden .... music consultant: club music (as Tom)
Harry Shannon .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Homer Albin .... driver: Los Angeles
John Anderson .... driver: Los Angeles
Harry Bode .... driver: second unit, San Francisco
Daniel B. Briggs .... transportation co-captain: Los Angeles (as Daniel Briggs)
Randy Burke .... transportation coordinator: second unit, San Francisco
Art Casey .... driver: San Francisco
Charles Conn .... driver: Los Angeles (as Chuck Conn)
Mike Davis .... driver: Los Angeles
Tim Dickerson .... driver: Los Angeles (as Tim Dickenson)
Martin Dindia .... driver: San Francisco
Tom Dragna .... driver: Los Angeles
Michael Gribnau .... driver: Los Angeles (as Mike Grinnau)
David Harman .... fuel truck driver: aerial unit
Jay Haymaker .... driver: San Francisco
Joe 'Stinky' Killian .... driver: Los Angeles (as Joe Killian)
John Loveless .... driver: San Francisco
Dennis Marchant .... picture car mechanic/fabricator
James Marett .... driver: Los Angeles
E. Steve McLaughlin .... driver: San Francisco (as Steve McLaughlin)
Matt Meza .... driver: second unit, San Francisco
Mark Moller .... driver: second unit, San Francisco
Carter Nichols .... driver: Los Angeles
Al Nickel .... driver: Los Angeles
Rick Scheil .... transportation assistant: Los Angeles
Troy Tomerlin .... driver: Los Angeles
Candace Wells .... transportation captain: Los Angeles
Bryce Guy Williams .... transportation coordinator: Los Angeles (as Bryce Williams)
George Williams .... driver: Los Angeles
Prentis Woods .... driver: second unit, San Francisco (as Prentis E. Woods)
Vincent J. Ybiernas .... driver: Los Angeles (as Vince Ybiernas)
Anthony Muto Jr. .... picture vehicles (uncredited)
Other crew
Frans J. Afman .... motion picture banking
Robin Allen .... set production assistant: San Francisco
Tim August .... assistant production coordinator: second unit, San Francisco
James F. Baldwin .... location scout: second unit, San Francisco
Jim Baldwin .... location scout
Michael Barnes .... legal attorney
Scott Beatty .... location assistant: San Francisco (as Scotney Beatty)
Peggy Biocini .... script supervisor: second unit, San Francisco (as Peggy Biocine)
Nicole Boxer .... production assistant: second unit, San Francisco
Richard Brodsky .... set production assistant: San Francisco
Bart Brown .... assistant production coordinator: Los Angeles
Allen Burry .... public relations
Corey Burton .... adr loop group
Frank Cunha .... craft service: San Francisco
Dennis Davidson .... Public relations
Jim Davidson .... production accountant: Los Angeles
Peter DePalma .... assistant: Mr. Douglas
Christopher Desmond .... paramedic coordinator: San Francisco
Bernard Dethiers .... production assistant: San Francisco
Craig Dietrich .... production secretary: Los Angeles
Chris Edmond .... paramedic coordinator: Los Angeles
Lynn Ehrensperger .... associate: Mr. Verhoeven, Los Angeles
Nancy Evans Cox .... set production assistant: Los Angeles (as Nancy E. Cox)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Heide Foley .... production assistant: San Francisco
John Fordham .... production assistant: second unit, San Francisco
Keith Forster .... assistant: Ms. Stone
Ashlyn Gere .... body double (as Kim McKamy)
Paul Gerhardt .... location scout: San Francisco
Jeremy Green .... production assistant
Susan Griffin .... additional location manager: San Francisco
Michael Hamm .... location assistant: second unit, San Francisco
Nettie Heffner .... production assistant: San Francisco
Singh Ho .... caterer: second unit, San Francisco
Sam Hoffman .... production assistant
Montgomery Hom .... location assistant: San Francisco
Cindy Ichikawa .... set production assistant: Los Angeles
Catherine Isakson .... production assistant: second unit, San Francisco
Christine A. Johnston .... production coordinator: Los Angeles
Mario Kassar .... presenter
Mike Kaufman .... projectionist
Bill Landrum .... choreographer: club, Los Angeles (as Bill)
Jacqui Landrum .... choreographer: club, Los Angeles
Jean Larette .... assistant: Mr. Marshall (as Jean Larette Townsend)
Amanda Lawford .... additional location manager: San Francisco
Jeff Ledbetter .... assistant accountant: Los Angeles
Ellen Lent .... location manager: San Francisco (as Ellen Winchell)
Kate Levine .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Catherine Marie McDonald .... key set production assistant: San Francisco (as Catherine M. McDonald)
Karin Mercurio .... assistant accountant: San Francisco
Lucille M. Michaels .... first aid: Carmel (as Lucille M. Michael)
Laurie Noll .... location manager: second unit, San Francisco
Ruben Padilla .... caterer: San Francisco (as Rubin Padilla)
Courtney Pakiz .... dancer
Alan D. Purwin .... helicopter pilot: aerial unit (as Alan Purwin)
Kelly Richards Ralston .... assistant accountant: Los Angeles (as Kelly Richards-Stitt)
Trudy Ramirez .... script supervisor
Randolph R. Rhodes .... production assistant: Los Angeles (as Randy Rhodes)
Joel Rosenberg .... assistant accountant: Los Angeles
David Schwartz .... craft service: Los Angeles
Greg Smith .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Gail Stempler .... additional location manager: San Francisco
Robert Stewart .... craft service: Carmel
Lauren Beth Strogoff .... publicist
Mark S. Temple .... production legal counsel
Scott Tobin .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Angel Trujillo .... caterer: San Francisco
Jaime Trujillo .... caterer: San Francisco (as Jamie Trujillo)
Joan Wellman .... production coordinator: second unit, San Francisco
Randy West .... body double
Peter K. Wolff .... location scout: Carmel
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... helicopter pilot: aerial unit
Craig Comstock .... production assistant (uncredited)
Gabe de Kelaita .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Mitchell Nyberg .... production assistant (uncredited)
Ron Roggé .... stand-in (uncredited)
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... aerial coordinator: aerial unit (uncredited)
Robin Eickman .... acknowledgment: this motion picture was made with the help of
Dennis Schardt .... acknowledgment: this motion picture was made with the help of, The San Francisco Police Department (as Lt. Dennis Schardt)
Warren White .... acknowledgment: this motion picture was made with the help of, The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (as Ranger Warren White)

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Also Known As:
"Ice Cold Desire" - Singapore (English title) (censored version)
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Rated R for strong violence and sensuality, and for drug use and language
127 min | USA:128 min (unrated version)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Australia:MA (Cable TV rating) | Belgium:KNT | Brazil:18 | Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) (also director's cut) (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) (also director's cut) (Original rating) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) (re-rating) (also director's cut) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (2001) | Finland:K-18 (theatrical rating) (1992) | Finland:K-16 (video rating) (cut) (1992) | France:16 (original rating) | France:12 (re-rating) | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:III | Hungary:18 | Iceland:16 | India:A | Ireland:18 | Israel:X (original rating) | Israel:18 (video rating) | Italy:VM14 | Malaysia:(Banned) | Mexico:C | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Norway:15 (DVD rating) | Peru:18 | Philippines:R-18 | Poland:18 (TV rating) | Portugal:M/18 (Qualidade) | Russia:18+ (video rating) | Singapore:PG (video rating) (heavily cut) | Singapore:R21 (re-rating) (2007) | Singapore:R(A) (cut) (1992) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R (#31380) | USA:Unrated (director's cut) | USA:NC-17 (original rating)

Did You Know?

Nick Curran is based on an adrenaline-junkie Cleveland police officer Joe Eszterhas knew when he was a crime reporter with the "Cleveland Plain Dealer".See more »
Continuity: When Nick Curran and Gus arrive outside and enter Johnny Boz's home at the start of the film, Nick's hairstyle is combed and wavy as he goes upstairs to Boz's murder scene. When Curran walks through Boz's bedroom to examine the crime, his hair is gelled and slicked back.See more »
Gus:Everyone that she plays with dies.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Torso (1973)See more »
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98 out of 133 people found the following review useful.
sleazy, amoral and worryingly entertaining, 3 August 2003
Author: Jagged-11

How does one begin a review of what is arguably the most controversial movie of the 90's? Perhaps I should start by saying that although Basic Instinct is complete trash with nothing residing beneath its glitzy surface(despite the claims of Camille Paglia there are NO subliminal meanings and the phallic symbolism of the ice pick is purely coincidental) it's also a riveting psychological thriller with Doublas and Stone providing an impressive double in a refreshingly gripping film.

I will not go deeply into plot detail, as the story is practically part of hollywood folklore, but in summary volatile cop Nick Curran(Michael Douglas) falls in love with murder suspect Catherine Trammell(Sharon Stone) who may,or may not, have brutally murdered her lover with an ice pick. If the plot sounds familiar its probably due to the fact that Basic Instinct is essentially a combination of writer Joe Eszthera's film 'Jagged Edge' and director Paul Verhoeven's film 'The Fourth Man', both of which had their fair share of sex and fashionable violence. Despite this Basic Instinct still is enjoyable and having seen either of those films will have no affect on the unpredictability of the film.

At the centre of the film is Stone's performance which is actually quite superb(though in the long run this film's been more of a curse than a blessing to her film career)as although she's easily the least probable femme fatale ever to grace(or poison to be more accurate) the silver screen, Stone plays her with such zeal that we can't take our eyes off her. That said it should also be pointed out that she becomes rather less intriguing after the first 40 minutes when she becomes involved with Michael Douglas, as her character loses a great deal of her mystique and her personality has less bite. Then of course is the infamous scene (which practically every other reviewer has mentioned and I am going to be no exception) where Tramell is being interrogated by the police and coolly turns the tables on them by exploiting their libidos and reducing them to drooling idiots, totally ridiculous but easily the film's best scene and certainly one that is not going to be soon forgotten (no doubt to the chagrin of Sharon Stone).

The rest of the cast are fine, with Michael Douglas doing the character he does best(the rather thuggish white male who constantly gets involved with the wrong kind of woman), Jeanne Tripplehorn doing an adequate job as Nick's pyschologist and George Dzunda manages to be the only half-way likable character in the movie as Curran's best(and only)friend. Unfortunately Leilani Sarelle is under-used as Catherine Trammell's enigmatic girlfriend(I forgot to mention Catherine's Bi-sexual).

The film is, of course, not without flaws. No-one (not even the director) could deny that Basic Instinct has such big plot holes you could park a car in them as for some of the events in the film to make sense characters would need to be either clairvoyant or in possession of other-worldly powers. The endings also a bit of a cop out (no I WON'T reveal it) as it was clearly engineered so that it could be easily changed with a single edit if preview audiences were unsatisfied with it.

It is also impossible to ignore the huge controversey that surrounded the films release with a particulair furor being caused by feminists and lesbians over their portrayal in the film. In truth the jury's still out on wether Basic Instinct is homophobic, but I personally don't think it is as the characters' sexuality is never really an issue although in fairness it is used as a somewhat cheap plot device to titillate the audience. The case made by feminists is much stronger as all the women in the film are portrayed as dubious and potentially dangerous. The main defence against all this is that, frankly, all the characters are unpleasent and devious , with perhaps one exception, and no discrimination is given in any way. The other issue was, of course, the sex scenes which ,although explicit, are really rather passé these days.

The film is stylishly filmed, expertly paced, brilliantly directed and has a superb music score from Jerrry Goldsmith. I'll give it a high score(by my standards) of 8 out of 10

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