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Showgirls (1995)

NC-17 | | Drama | 22 September 1995 (USA)
Nomi, a young drifter, 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.


(as Jan Jansen)


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10 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »





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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The side of Vegas you were never mean't to see. 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:

Coristas  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,112,627 (USA) (24 September 1995)


$20,302,961 (USA)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the film was released Paul Verhoeven was accused of exploiting Elizabeth Berkley, who was only 20 at the time of filming. See more »


The shadow of the camera passes over Nomi when she is in the alley after storming out of Crystal's dressing room (for the first time) 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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Referenced in Blackcatloner: Super Bowl (2015) See more »


Doin' What i Did
Written and Performed by Dwight Yoakam
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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User Reviews

It's so bad that it's good...not
31 January 2000 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

Although this movie has great set design and dance sequences, the ONLY reason to watch this movie is Gina Gershon. Not only did she survive this turkey, she managed to boost her career out of it!

Having said that, I beg some of the previous reviewers here to please wake up. I don't mind if you like this movie for the show, the acting, the cinematography, the nudities....but don't tell me that it is a satire or a cult film.

This is not the kind of movie that is so-bad-it-is-actually-camp-fun. It is bad, it stays bad and it stinks badly. A camp movie is one made with genuine intentions and incompetency. This movie is made by/with seasoned professionals, greed, lots of dough & zero heart. It had too much $/credential to be excused.

Also, this is NOT a satire. To be a satire, it has to have some intelligence. This movie has zilch. It pretends to have a moral while it has none. It pretends to show how women are exploited in Las Vegas while itself is the biggest perpetrator. If you set out to do tongue-in-cheek exploitation movies (like most b-movies and porn), be honest and I'll respect/enjoy that. Just don't be hypocritical.

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