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Showgirls (1995)

NC-17  |   |  Drama  |  22 September 1995 (USA)
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A young drifter, named Nomi, arrives in Las Vegas to become a dancer and soon sets about clawing and pushing her way to become the top of the Vegas showgirls.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Penny / Hope


Nomi Malone, a mysterious young girl with the ambition to dance embarks on a journey to Las Vegas to become a showgirl in a high-class hotel show. There she meets Molly, a seamstress at the Stardust Hotel and the two quickly become good friends. She gets a job as a lap dancer at the seedy Cheetah Club but after a chance meeting with Cristal Connors, the star of Goddess, the current show at the hotel where Molly works, Nomi manages to secure an audition for a spot on the chorus line.However she soon realises that fame comes with a price as her friendships, her morals and her soul are put to the test as she works her way up the ladder and eventually becomes the star of the show, stealing Cristal's part. She begins to wonder if all of her work was for nothing and if she can reclaim her life back before it is too late. Written by David Rush

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Beyond your wildest dreams. Beyond your wildest fantasies. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for nudity and erotic sexuality throughout, and for some graphic language and sexual violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 September 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les Girls de Las Vegas  »

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Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)


£729,483 (UK) (19 January 1996)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The negative fallout from the movie destroyed Elizabeth Berkley's film career. See more »


The trained chimps are referred to throughout the film as monkeys. Chimpanzees are apes. See more »


[first lines]
Jeff: Hop in, pard!
Nomi Malone: Where are you going?
Jeff: Vegas! Come on! This is your lucky day!
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I'm Afraid of Americans
Lyrics by David Bowie
Music by David Bowie / Brian Eno
Performed by David Bowie
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User Reviews

Read between the lines!

I read through a few of these reviews and the general analysis seemed to be that this movie sucks more than the lead character does in the back room of the Cheetah Club. Well, I guess if you take it at face value, it does.

However, it's not meant to be taken that way (internally, with a glass of water?), and it's a shame that so many people did. Really, 'Showgirls' is a campy, funny movie. It's a riot. And it's supposed to be.

Elizabeth Berkley, in the lead role, plays her part like an actress on one of those day-time soaps - which is probably exactly what Verhoeven wanted. She does everything dramatically. She sits down, dramatically; she takes off her jacket, dramatically; and if you watch closely enough you'll even see her eating fries dramatically.

Gina Gershon as femme fatale/lead dancer Cristal gives the best performance of the film. She obviously is in sync with the director and has a lot of fun with the part, and if you only watch it for one reason, watch it for her. Because, in the words of L'Oreal, she's worth it. She's a great talent and it's a shame she's not recognised more widely.

Would I recommend it? I don't know. It depends on your taste. If you're looking for a drama, go elsewhere. If you're looking for a quirky, funny movie, and you don't mind lots of naked ladies running around all over the place (yes, even if you're female - I am, and I liked it), go rent it. It might surprise you.

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Terrible actress!! Dave_douell
why didnt crystal say 'I felt someone push me down the stairs'? zyggums
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Does anyone else Darlinsugaree
who saw this at the movies/cinema? psdhart
If you don't have the VHS copy of this, then you're not seeing all of it seyeryej
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