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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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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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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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Sean Young was considered for the role of Cristal Connors. See more »


When Nomi is playing the slots at the beginning of the film, the camera is reflected in one of the machines. 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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Enthralling, and not bad at all
25 July 2004 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

I'm glad I didn't turn this off 20 minutes in, thinking that it was basically what I'd heard and expected. Despite all the early embarrassing missteps and clunky lines delivered by Ms Berkeley, the film actually grew into an experience that I didn't want to turn off. It's ten times as good as Striptease.

It's not Citizen Kane, but it's not a soft-core porn version of Rock Star (awful film) either. Most of the characters were well-developed and believable, even it the situations were not. And there's plenty of humor, the vast majority of it intentional.

I'm wondering if most of the heavy derision of the film comes from Puritanical attitudes, rather than from an honest evaluation. If unromanticized sex and heavy nudity -- literally, in the case of one character -- make you (or your viewing companions) uncomfortable, Showgirls probably not for you.

I enjoyed it and would watch it again.

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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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who saw this at the movies/cinema? psdhart
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If you don't have the VHS copy of this, then you're not seeing all of it seyeryej
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