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Striptease (1996)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  28 June 1996 (USA)
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A stripper and single mother gets dragged into a dangerous situation after a congressman takes a fancy to her.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Malcolm Moldovsky
Angela Grant
Erb Crandal
Jerry Killian
Alan Mordecai
Monique, Jr. (as Dina Spybey)
Sabrina Hepburn
Pandora Peaks ...


Erin Grant loses care and custody of her daughter when she's divorced from her husband Darrell, a small-time thief. Struggling for money, she is a dancer at a nightclub, where one night Congressman Dilbeck (in disguise) attacks another member of the audience. A spectator, who recognizes Dilbeck and is fond of Erin, offers to get back her daughter by blackmailing Dilbeck. Things do not work out as planned, though. Written by Thomas Meyer <i03a@zfn.uni-bremen.de>

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Rated R for nudity, erotic dancing and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 June 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Striptiz  »

Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,300,000 (USA) (28 June 1996)


JPY 102,419,500 (Japan) (15 November 1996)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Demi Moore was paid $12 million for this film, a record fee for a actress at that time. The film was more popular in overseas theaters than in American theaters. See more »


When Erin's daughter is playing games backstage, the close-ups of the games are not the same games she is playing. See more »


Congressman David Dilbeck: Everybody has a bad night, especially if they're under the pressure, like we are, under the public eye of...! Who recognized me?
Malcolm Moldowsky: His name is Jerry Killian. And he's waiting outside.
Congressman David Dilbeck: Now?
Malcolm Moldowsky: Now! We gotta move on this thing before we get eaten alive!
Congressman David Dilbeck: Move on what? I mean, if this is a shakedown, just get Willie to pay him like he always does. Why drag me into it...?
Malcolm Moldowsky: Because... it's not about money.
Congressman David Dilbeck: It's not?
Malcolm Moldowsky: No. He wants you to persuade Judge Fingerhut to reverse a child custody case, of some ...
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References ER (1994) See more »


Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead
From the film The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Composed by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Performed by The Munchkins
Courtesy of Turner Entertainment Co.
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Why the hating? It was fun!
21 January 2005 | by (San Jose, CA) – See all my reviews

It may not have mirrored the book, but it has its own charm. I haven't read the book, so maybe that's why I can judge the movie on its own merits.

Ving Rhames is terrific-- honestly, has he ever had a clunker of a performance? Demi is luscious (the dance scenes, and the cute scene where she's getting dressed/dancing after a shower), and Burt Reynolds is hilarious. I really loved the congressman character meeting the right wing group slathered in vaseline. "Fresh, hot, lint!" indeed! Give it a whirl... it ain't Citizen Kane, but it ain't Battlefield Earth either.

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