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Basic Instinct (1992) Poster

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Catherine: Killing isn't like smoking. You can stop.

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Catherine: You know I don't like to wear any underwear, don't you, Nick?

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Gus: I thought you said he was a rock and roll star.

Lt. Walker: He was a retired rock and roll star.

Capt. Talcott: A civic-minded, very respectable rock and roll star.

Gus: What's that over there?

Nick: It looks like some civic-minded, very respectable cocaine to me, Gus.

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Dr. McElwaine: Nick, when you recollect your childhood, are your recollections pleasing to you?

Nick: Number 1, I don't remember how often I used to jerk off, but it was a lot. Number 2, I wasn't pissed off at my dad, even when I was old enough to know what he and mom were doing in the bedroom. Number 3, I don't look in the toilet before I flush it. Number 4, I haven't wet my bed for a long time. Number 5, why don't the two of you go fuck yourselves; I'm outta here.

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[last lines]

Catherine: What do we do now, Nick?

Nick: Fuck like minks, raise rugrats and live happily ever after.

Catherine: Hate rugrats.

Nick: Fuck like minks, forget the rugrats, and live happily ever after.

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Andrews: There are cum stains all over the sheets.

Nick: Very impressive.

Gus: He got off before he got offed.

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John Correli: Did you kill Mr Boz, Miss Tramell?

Catherine: I'd have to be pretty stupid to write a book about killing and then kill him the way I described in my book. I'd be announcing myself as the killer. I'm not stupid.

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Gus: Everyone that she plays with dies.

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Gus: Are you a pro?

Catherine: No, I'm an amateur.

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Gus: Did you ever do drugs with Mr. Boz?

Catherine: Sure.

Gus: What kind of drugs?

Catherine: Cocaine. Have you ever fucked on cocaine, Nick? It's nice.

[Catherine Tramell uncrosses her legs and it can be seen she's wearing no underwear]

Nick: You like playing games don't you?

Catherine: I have a degree in psychology, it goes with the turf... Games are fun.

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Internal Affairs Investigator: There's no smoking in this building, detective.

Nick: [repeating Catherine] What are you gonna do? Charge me with smoking?

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Nick: What's your new book about?

Catherine: A detective. He falls for the wrong woman.

Nick: What happens to him?

Catherine: She kills him.

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Nick: So where is this going?

Catherine: Ask me "What do you want from me Catherine?"

Nick: What the fuck do you want from Catherine?

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Nick: What did Manny Vasquez call you?

Catherine: "Bitch" mostly, but he meant it affectionately.

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John Correli: Were you ever engaged in any sadomasochistic activity?

Catherine: Exactly what did you have in mind, Mr. Correli?

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[Nick just had rough sex with Beth]

Beth Garner: You've never been like that before. Why?

Nick: You tell me, you're the shrink.

Beth Garner: You weren't making love to me!

Nick: Well, who was I making love to?

Beth Garner: You weren't making love at all.

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Gus: Well, she got that magna cum laude pussy on her that done fried up your brain!

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Nick: Writing a book about it gives you an alibi for not killing him.

Catherine: Yes it does, doesn't it?

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Nick: How did you feel when I told you Johnny Boz had died, that day at the beach?

Catherine: I felt somebody had read my book and was playing a game.

Nick: But you didn't hurt.

Catherine: No.

Nick: Because you didn't love him.

Catherine: That's right.

Nick: Even though you were fucking him.

Catherine: You still get the pleasure. Didn't you ever fuck anybody else while you were married, Nick?

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Internal Affairs Investigator: There's no smoking in this building, Detective.

Nick: [repeating Catherine] What are you going to do? Charge me with smoking?

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Gus: Where in the fuck you've been? I went over to your place.

Nick: Easy, cowboy, easy. I wasn't there.

Gus: I went over last night, too.

Nick: No, I wasn't there either.

Gus: You fucked her? Goddamn dumb son of a bitch, you fucked her! Goddamn, you are one dumb son of a bitch!

Nick: Next time I'll use the rubber.

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Beth Garner: [knocks on the door at Nick's apartment] Nick! Nick, are you there?

Nick: Go away, Beth! I don't want to see you.

Beth Garner: [unlocks the door and enters the apartment, finding Nick drinking] I still have my keys.

Nick: Put 'em on the table and leave.

[pause]

Nick: [shouts] Put 'em on the goddamn table and leave!

Beth Garner: [throws the keys on the floor] Damn it! Don't shut me out, you owe me more than that!

Nick: I don't owe you anything! And you don't owe me anything. We went to bed 10, maybe 15 times. That's miserable enough to carry an obligation.

Beth Garner: Sometimes I really hate you.

Nick: Oh, then why don't you get yourself some friendly little therapist and try to work out all that hostility. Then maybe you can get off once in a while.

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Nick: I'm working my ass off, I'm off the sauce, I even stopped smoking.

Beth Garner: How's not smoking?

Nick: It sucks.

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Nick: Let me ask you something, Rocky, man to man. I think she's the fuck of the century, what do you think?

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Nick: I'm in love with you already, but I'll nail you anyway.

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Gus: You got goddamned Tweety Birds flutterin' around your head, that's what you got! You think you can fuck like minks, raise rugrats, and live happily ever after? Aw, man!

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Dr. Myron: Do you believe Lieutenant Nilsen deserved to die?

Nick: I didn't know him well enough. I won't miss him.

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Catherine: Got some coke?

Nick: I've got a Pepsi in the fridge.

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Gus: I don't buy it! There's gotta be somebody there, who knows whats going on.

Nick: I KNOW WHAT HAPPENED ALRIGHT! Catherine told me and everything she said has checked out!

Gus: You've got Goddamn tweety birds flying around your head! You think the two of you will fuck like minks, raise rugrats, and live happily ever after!

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Nick: How's your new book coming along?

Catherine: It's practically writing itself.

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Beth Garner: [Nick finds out that Beth and Catherine had slept together in college] What was I supposed to say? "Hey, guys, I'm not gay, but I did fuck your suspect"?

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Gus: Who was this fucking guy?

Nick: Rock and Roll, Gus. Johnny Boz?

Gus: Never heard of him.

Nick: Before your time, cowboy. Hey, Ronny! Where they hiding?

Ronny: Upstairs to the right.

Nick: Mid Sixties he had five or six hits. Got a club down in Fillmore now.

Gus: Not now, he don't.

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Nick: What is this? Some kind of JOKE?

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Nick: You wanna play hard, come on!

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Beth Garner: Sometimes I hate you.

Nick: Oh, why don't you get one of those friendly therapists and work out all that hostility.

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Nick: How did you find out?

Catherine: I have friends, I have attorneys. Money buys alot of Attorneys and friends.

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Gus: Everyone she plays with dies.

Nick: I know what that's like.

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Nick: So was she ever a suspect?

Sheriff: Nope! There was some talk, but it never panned out.

Nick: What kind of talk?

Sheriff: Girlfriend!

Nick: What he had a girlfriend?

Sheriff: No! She did! But like I said, it never panned out.

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Capt. Talcott: Hey Nick!

Nick: What?

Capt. Talcott: Keep your three o'clock!

Nick: You want me to work the case!

Capt. Talcott: I SAID KEEP IT!

Nick: ALRIGHT! I'll keep it.

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