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Striptease (1996)

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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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Orly
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Angela Grant
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Erb Crandal
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Lorelei
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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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28 June 1996 (USA)  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$32,800,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Many references to other Castle Rock Entertainment movies in the video store scene. See more »

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Erin's Volvo is not parked in front of her sister-in-law's trailer when she sneaks in to get her daughter, but is there when they exit. See more »

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[Orly hires Lorelei and her trained python away from the Flesh Farm, only they send the snake's dead body]
Orly: Here, go rustle up a new snake.
Shad: Where, the AM/PM? Who the fuck carries pythons at ten o'clock at night?
Orly: There's an all-night snake farm on Route 27. Ask for Jungle Juan. And get rid of that thing! God, I hate this business! You know why? It's lost its humanity.
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Referenced in Spin City: Striptease (1997) See more »

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Spanish Flea
Written by Julius Wechter
Performed by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
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It is a political thriller, not an erotic movie for god's sake!
1 July 2007 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Many critical reviews are totally off the mark as they judge this movie as something it is not: it is not an erotic movie, a comedy, or a beauty contest, it is a political thriller - and an excellent one!

In this genre, there are few films that can compare in suspense and memorable scenes and characters. Demi Moore plays a mother who works in a striptease bar to raise money for a trial to get her daughter back from her criminal ex-husband. When a corrupt congressman becomes obsessed with her, misbehaves and is blackmailed, his political friends set out to kill everyone who endangers the reelection of their puppet. Demi Moore's character, as those of her allies, the formidable bouncer Shad and the clever and honest Police Lt. Al Garcia, are very likable and easy to identify with. Armand Assante as Al Garcia, and Ving Rhames as Shad, put in excellent performances as did most of the supporting cast, such as Stuart Pankin as dodgy lawyer, Robert Patrick as crazy ex-husband, or Paul Guilfoyle as sinister campaign manager. What I did not like, and which was consequently attacked in almost all reviews of this movie, are the actual striptease scenes. They are not sexy, are nothing but distractions, and should have been kept down to a minimum. Also, Demi Moore's acting performance, while not bad, is not on on a par with, for instance, Burt Reynold's.

Speaking of Burt Reynolds: he is what makes this movie special. I challenge anyone to name a politician in movie history who is more corrupt or depraved than Reynold's character in this movie. Can there ever be a scene that more vividly portrays corrupt politics than when the congressman has to be dragged away by his handlers from his masturbation session to hold a speech to young Christians about family values? But may be it is this political message that caused the media to revile this movie so, which it does not deserve.


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