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Basic Instinct (1992)

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

Director:

Paul Verhoeven

Writer:

Joe Eszterhas
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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:
Michael Douglas ... Detective Nick Curran
Sharon Stone ... Catherine Tramell
George Dzundza ... Gus
Jeanne Tripplehorn ... Dr. Beth Garner
Denis Arndt ... Lieutenant Walker
Leilani Sarelle ... Roxy
Bruce A. Young ... Andrews
Chelcie Ross ... Captain Talcott
Dorothy Malone ... Hazel Dobkins
Wayne Knight ... John Correli
Daniel von Bargen ... Lieutenant Nilsen (as Daniel Von Bargen)
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Dr. Lamott
Benjamin Mouton ... Harrigan
Jack McGee ... Sheriff
Bill Cable 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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A brutal murder. A brilliant killer. A cop who can't resist the danger. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

France | USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love Hurts See more »

Filming Locations:

Carmel, California, USA See more »

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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Carolco Pictures, Canal+ See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | LC-Concept Digital Sound (France)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Nick was originally supposed to be a young man, but after Michael Douglas was cast, his age was described in the script as forty-two (Douglas was actually forty-seven). See more »

Goofs

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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Alternate Versions

A special Network TV version of the film was prepared by director Paul Verhoeven substituting alternate non-explicit footage and close-ups for all violent and sexually explicit shots. See more »

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Looking For The Summer
Written and Performed by Chris Rea
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However You Label It, It Does Get Your Attention!
13 January 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

I've heard this movie labeled "soft porn" and perhaps that's correct. There are a number of sexy scenes in here including one famous one with Sharon Stone giving a glimpse of anatomy that usually isn't seen on mainline movies.

The general question of the story is regarding Stone's character "Catherine Trammell." Is "guity of a crime or not guilty? As viewers, we have to guess, and they don't make it easy.

Along with the sex, you get a healthy dose of profanity and gore, too. Needless to say, this is a pretty intense and gritty film. (Many call it sleazy.) To its credit, it's a movie not easily forgotten.

Michael Douglas co-stars as "Det. Nick Curran." In his prime film years, Douglas played in a lot of movies like this, with a lot of sexual stuff and intrigue.

Every character in here is a rough-edged one, which is typical of a Paul Verhoeven-directed film. It may be his best movie (but I don't think much of him).

It was interesting to see Dorthy Malone once again, even if it was just a cameo appearance. The 1950s movie star still looked pretty good to me!


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