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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.


(as Jan Jansen)


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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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2.35 : 1
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The filmmakers wanted Madonna to play Cristal Conners and Drew Barrymore to play Nomi Malone. The name card Gaye takes off the mirror when she shows Nomi her table in the dressing room even says "Drew." See more »


When Annie is dropped, she clearly falls on her butt, yet she breaks her knee. 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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Spoofs Valley of the Dolls (1967) See more »


Vision Thing
Written by Andrew Eldritch
Performed by The Sisters of Mercy
Courtesy of Warner Music U.K. Ltd.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Not as bad as all that
18 December 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I thought this film was not bad actually, and saw it as a voyage though bitchy sleazy Las Vegas showlife. Everyone goes on about the wildly exaggerated sex by the leading girl, but might that not be her style as a wannabe Vegas showqueen.

I think compared to a lot of films that come out that deserve a one star rating this doesn't deserve one, I found it watchable and I think there's been a kind of herd effect to say it's trash. It's just *about* trash.

So right on Tarantino for coming out alone in praising it I say.

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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
Does anyone else Darlinsugaree
If you don't have the VHS copy of this, then you're not seeing all of it seyeryej
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