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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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A seductive suspect & a cop who can't resist her. 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)  »

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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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| (France)

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(Technicolor)

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2.39 : 1
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Brooke Shields turned down the role of Roxy, because she feared the role called for nudity. See more »

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A police department would not let people lead investigations that they blatantly have conflicts of interest with. 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 Steve Coogan: The Man Who Thinks He's It (1998) See more »

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Written and Performed by LaTour
Courtesy of Smash Records
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the sexiest movie ever made
16 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

You know a movie achieves its objective when you think that a character is sexier than the person that plays her. That is exactly what Catherine Tremell does. She exudes sex and that is exactly her game. She knows that she can play with people's minds by using her beauty and her sex appeal. And she does it so well.

The epitome of this is the interrogation scene. Much has been made about nudity in film but this is one of those movies where every breast and every shot of someone's crotch is done so to further the plot. The famous scene that we have all witnessed now is a major part of Tremell's M.O. She knows there are a room full of men asking her questions and she uses that sexuality to play with them. And it works.

The cast and the script and the direction are top notch and the movie feels like it is one big game. And Catherine Tremell is the ultimate game master. I really loved this film and I rate it a perfect ten.


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