Joe Eszterhas


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Joe Eszterhas was born on November 23, 1944 in Csakanydoroszlo, Hungary as József Eszterhás. He is a writer and producer, known for Showgirls (1995), Sliver (1993) and Basic Instinct (1992). He has been married to Naomi Baka since July 30, 1994. They have four children. He was previously married to Geraldine Javer. See full bio »

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Showgirls Writer
(1995)
Sliver Writer
(1993)
(1992)

Filmography

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 2011 Showgirls 2: Penny's from Heaven (characters - uncredited)
 2006 Children of Glory (screenplay) / (story)
 2006 Basic Instinct 2 (based on characters created by)
 1997 Telling Lies in America (written by)
 1995 Jade (written by)
 1995 Showgirls (written by)
 1993 Sliver (screenplay)
 1993 Nowhere to Run (screenplay) / (story)
 1992 Basic Instinct (written by)
 1989 Music Box (written by)
 1989 Checking Out (written by)
 1988 Betrayed (written by)
 1987 Hearts of Fire (screenplay)
 1987 Big Shots (written by)
 1985 Jagged Edge (written by)
 1983 Flashdance (screenplay)
 1978 F.I.S.T. (screenplay) / (story)
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Show Show Actor (1 credit)
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Other Works:

Book: "Charlie Simpson's Apocalypse," 1975. See more »

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1 Print Biography | 2 Interviews | 6 Articles | See more »

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Personal Quote:

[on Sliver (1993)] I'll never do another adaptation. I did this ending and we tested it and the audiences hated it. So I wrote three alternate endings. They shot two of them exactly at a time my personal life was exploding and I left the set. I hate the ending of that movie. They should have stuck to the original ending which was daring and provocative. You know, the last line, "Get a life"? I ... See more »

Trivia:

In 1994, he sold a four-page outline of what eventually became One Night Stand (1997) to New Line for $4m. Adrian Lyne was originally attached to direct the finished script but dropped out. New Line then made a deal with Mike Figgis to direct. Although the studio was happy with Eszterhas' script, it allowed Figgis, who had just had a big hit with Leaving Las Vegas (1995), to do a rewrite. The ... See more »

Trademark:

His rough, gruff, unkempt, bear appearance and personality. See more »

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