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Basic Instinct (1992)

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A violent, suspended police detective investigates a brutal murder, in which a manipulative and seductive woman could be involved.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Detective Nick Curran
... Catherine Tramell
... Gus
... Dr. Beth Garner
... Lieutenant Walker
... Roxy
... Andrews
... Captain Talcott
... Hazel Dobkins
... John Correli
... Lieutenant Nilsen (as Daniel Von Bargen)
... Dr. Lamott
... Harrigan
... Sheriff
Bill Cable ... Johnny Boz
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Storyline

A former rock star, Johnny Boz, is brutally killed during sex, and the case is assigned to detective Nick Curran of the SFPD. During the investigation, Nick meets Catherine Tramell, a crime novelist who was Boz's girlfriend when he died. Catherine proves to be a very clever and manipulative woman, and though Nick is more or less convinced that she murdered Boz, he is unable to find any evidence. Later, when Nilsen, Nick's rival in the police, is killed, Nick suspects of Catherine's involvement in it. He then starts to play a dangerous lust-filled mind game with Catherine to nail her, but as their relationship progresses, the body count rises and contradicting evidences force Nick to start questioning his own suspicions about Catherine's guilt. Written by Soumitra

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Flesh seduces. Passion kills. See more »


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Rated R for strong violence and sensuality, and for drug use and language | See all certifications »

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20 March 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Love Hurts  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$49,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,129,385, 22 March 1992, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$117,727,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$352,700,000
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(Technicolor)

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone went on to star in films directed by Barry Levinson, Disclosure (1994) and Sphere (1998) respectively. What's more, these films were released in the same way as Douglas and Stone were billed in this film, plus both were adapted from Michael Crichton novels. See more »

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Catherine's cigarette and hairstyle at the police station. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gus: Who was this fuckin' guy?
Nick: Rock and roll, Gus. Johnny Boz.
Gus: Never heard of him.
Nick: Before your time, cowboy.
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Referenced in Hollow Man (2000) See more »

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Looking For The Summer
Written and Performed by Chris Rea
Courtesy of ATCO Records / Warner Music U.K. Ltd.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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R-rated vs. Director's Cut
17 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

Best erotic thriller ever, period. I own the unrated DVD from Artisan. Very violent and sexual, it lives up to its reputation of being very controversial, even by today's standards. A female killer stabs a man to death, but who is it? that is the main focale point of this movie. gotta love the interrogation scene. Definitely not for children or those with a light stomach for violence or sex, both the R-rated and Director's Cut.

Rated R: some strong violence, strong sexuality, and language.

Unrated: some graphic bloody violence, very strong sexuality including rape, and language.


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