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Basic Instinct 2 (2006)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  31 March 2006 (USA)
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Novelist Catherine Tramell is once again in trouble with the law, and Scotland Yard appoints psychiatrist Dr. Michael Glass to evaluate her. Though, like Detective Nick Curran before him, Glass is entranced by Tramell and lured into a seductive game.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Detective Ferguson
Jan Chappell ...
Terence Harvey ...
Ellen Thomas ...
Mark Sangster ...
Court Reporter One
Tim Berrington ...
Court Reporter Two
Denise Glass
Heathcote Williams ...
Jakob Gerst
Michelle Broadwin


Crime novelist Catherine Tramell is living in London, and becomes the center of police investigation (yet again) when her football player boyfriend drowns in a car accident and it is revealed that he was already dead because of a drug overdose before Tramell drove the car into water. Police psychoanalyst Dr. Michael Glass is called for examining Tramell, and is intrigued by the seductive and manipulative woman. On the other hand , his friend Det. Roy Washburn is sure Tramell is guilty. Tramell asks Glass to treat her for her 'risk addiction' problem, and with each therapy session , Glass gets more and more suspicious about her intentions. As more and more murders are committed, including that of Glass's ex-wife, Glass becomes obsessed with proving Tramell's guilt even though the evidence is contradictory . Written by Soumitra

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Rated R for strong sexuality, nudity, violence, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 March 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction  »

Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£487,031 (UK) (31 March 2006)


$1,533,491 (Mexico) (26 May 2006)

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Did You Know?


Sharon Stone agreed to reprise her role of Catherine Tremell in a "pay or play" arrangement, meaning she got fully paid, whether the film would ultimately be made or not. See more »


In Dr. Glass' office, Catherine Tramell drops her cigarette on the floor by the door and steps on it to extinguish it. A few moments later when she leaves, the cigarette is gone. See more »


Dr. Michael Glass: I'm not the one on trial for murder.
Catherine Tramell: Not yet.
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References The Pink Panther (1963) See more »


Written by Jerry Goldsmith and John Murphy
Performed by John Murphy
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Stone Cold Vanity.
31 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's hard to believe, after waiting 14 years, we wind up with this piece of cinematic garbage. The original was a high impact, dark thriller that achieved "cult" status demonstrating the fine art of cinema as directed by Paul Verhoeven. This film adds nothing, delivers nothing, and ultimately winds up in the big box of failed sequels.

The opening sequence could have triggered an intriguing set of plot developments using a considerably talented and able cast. Unfortunately we are treated to a 90 minute dissertation in the self-indulgent life of Catherine Tramell... or is it Sharon Stone. Possibly a copulation of both.

If the desire is too see a continuation of the sensually provocative stying of sex as in "B.S.1", forget it. You wind up with soft-porn boredom which ultimately upholds the old adage that a woman can be more alluring in clothes than out of them. It's interesting to note that the wonderful Charlotte Rampling was romping around in her skivvies, via the 1966 GEORGY GIRL, when Ms. Stone was only 8 years old. A very talented actress and quite adept at holding her own even here.

If you're a true cinema fan then you must see this film and judge it using your own rating system. If not, you might as well wait for the DVD release in the "rated" version, "unrated" version, "collectors" edition, or "ultimate" version, and perhaps in another 14 years we will be saturated with news of "Basic Instinct 3" at which point Ms. Stone will be 62 years old and nobody will really care.

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