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Michael Douglas felt an established star was needed to play Catherine, so the movie would be carried by two well-known actors, and the risk of career damage would also be shared. He suggested Demi Moore or Michelle Pfeiffer for the part, but no actress of name was prepared to go completely nude for the role. Douglas was initially against Sharon Stone being cast as she was largely unknown, but Paul Verhoeven desperately wanted her since he had been very impressed by her screentest, and her capability to switch between sweet and ruthless in an instant, something she had showcased in his previous movie, Total Recall (1990).
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No body doubles were used in any of the sex scenes.
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Sharon Stone was only offered the role of Catherine after thirteen actresses had turned it down.
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Upon seeing the film, Steven Spielberg noticed Wayne Knight and immediately wanted him to play Dennis Nedry in Jurassic Park. He stayed through the end credits just to find his name, and Knight ended up being the first actor cast.
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Joe Eszterhas later admitted that not mentioning the DNA was a major plot hole in his screenplay.
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According to a poll for movie subscription service LoveFilm, Sharon Stone's infamous leg-crossing scene has been named the most-paused "blink-and-you'll-miss-it" moment in movies.
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The scene where Michael Douglas has sex with Jeanne Tripplehorn was filmed unbeknownst to the performers, who were simply rehearsing the scene. Things heated up quickly, as evidenced by the footage in the final film, and Paul Verhoeven liked the performances so much that he included it in the final film.
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Michael Douglas declined to go full frontal in the film, or to let his character be bisexual.
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Paul Verhoeven had some disagreements with Michael Douglas over his direction of Sharon Stone. Stone was reportedly very nervous and insecure, and in her first scenes, she was unable to replicate the performance that she had given during her audition. According to Verhoeven, she came very close to being replaced, but since he knew she had what the role required, he coached her intensively to get the required performance out of her. However, this caused Douglas to feel left out, as Verhoeven thought that Douglas, as an established Oscar-winning actor, no longer needed such close attention. It eventually lead to a very heated argument in a trailer, the stress of which caused Verhoeven to burst a vein in his nose that caused profuse bleeding. When he went outside with blood-stained clothes, crew members believed that Douglas had physically hit him in the face.
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Sharon Stone's infamous leg-uncrossing scene was not in Joe Eszterhas' original script. It was thought up by Paul Verhoeven while the movie was being shot. It was based on a memory of Verhoeven's college years, when a woman at a party had done the exact same thing to embarrass him.
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The movie completely ignored DNA, which had been used in criminal investigations since the mid-1980s. The film was set in the year of its release (1992), by which time DNA was constantly being used for crime investigations.
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Kirk Douglas, then aged 75, attended the premiere and praised his son's "bravery" in making the movie. Director Paul Verhoeven later said that meeting and shaking the hand of the man who had played Spartacus (1960) was a very special moment.
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Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone had to wear genital pads during the sex scenes, due to the AIDS epidemic.
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Michael Douglas said in interviews that he wanted to star in the movie because he felt sex scenes were in danger of disappearing from Hollywood films due to the AIDS epidemic.
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Paul Verhoeven shot copious amounts of footage of the sex scene between Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone. Expecting that the MPAA would have problems with the explicit nature of the scene, he shot alternate close-ups, medium shots and wide shots of virtually every shot over five days. This gave him the freedom to edit the scene until the MPAA was satisfied, and no longer demanded that the scene was deleted altogether.
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The role of Nick Curran was originally a lesbian cop, and was written with Kathleen Turner in mind.
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According to Sharon Stone, Paul Verhoeven asked her to remove her underwear for the leg-crossing scene, as he said they were too bright and reflected at the camera. Stone agreed to do so, under the assumption that her genitals weren't visible. It was only at an early preview that Stone discovered Verhoeven chose to use this specific shot. Stone was mainly cross with Verhoeven for not discussing the matter with her beforehand, but decided to let the scene go without changes, as she felt this conformed with her movie character. However, Verhoeven's version of the conflict is that he told Stone beforehand about the leg-crossing shot, as it was important for showing Catherine Tramell's free-spirited nature and her constant drive to toy with people. Stone was reportedly excited about the idea and shot the scene. However, during the early preview, her agents supposedly disapproved of the scene, fearing it would harm her future career. According to Verhoeven, Stone radically changed her mind about the shot, and demanded that he remove it, which he ultimately refused.
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Michael Douglas (a former race-car driver) did most of his own stunt driving in the film.
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Joe Eszterhas was paid a then-unheard-of sum of $3 million for his script.
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Michael Douglas had a clause in his contract that forbade him from appearing in any full-frontal nude scenes.
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Michael Douglas had a full facelift before filming began.
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So choreographed were the sex scenes that Sharon Stone referred to herself and Michael Douglas as "the horizontal Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers of the '90s".
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Joe Eszterhas wrote the script in ten days in the 1980s while listening to The Rolling Stones non-stop without even having a story outline. It was first called Love Hurts, but he then sold it three days later at auction as Basic Instinct.
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In an interview with Playboy, Sharon Stone revealed that she didn't feel comfortable around Michael Douglas, and the feeling was probably mutual, but it worked for the movie. "I think that kind of discomfort lends itself to this kind of movie." she said. "Tension is good. I basically didn't get to know Michael. There was something about the mystery of not knowing each other that lent itself to this situation. It's odd, because now I have this very intimate bond with a stranger." Despite that, Stone described working with him as "primal". "It was all about watching him, observing his movements, provoking him. If one were to believe in karma, I would say there is some karmic circle yet unfulfilled between the two of us. Our energy together was strong. It still isn't comfortable for me, but I think it works very well for our work together."
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Paul Verhoeven was so intent on making the sex scenes as explicitly as the censors would allow that he showed the studio executives very detailed storyboards depicting what he had in mind, as to avoid later discussions about the graphic nature of the love scenes.
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Back then, Stone wasn't a big name, and didn't read for the part, fearing she'd be disappointed. She finally read the script, and knew she was right for the role, but didn't want to call Verhoeven, whom she had worked with on Total Recall (1990), and ask if she could audition for him. "I wouldn't ask, because I didn't want him to test me, just because he felt obligated," she told Playboy. One day, Verhoeven had her come in to dub lines for an airplane version of Total Recall (1990), so she wore a tight Catherine-esque dress to demonstrate to Verhoeven that she could play the maneater part. "I was being cool. Very cool," she said. "I didn't want him to think I was insane, but I did want to give him a general idea that I could transform myself. Men are visually stimulated, and that's usually enough, at least at first." The dress worked, and Stone tested with Douglas and won the role.
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In 2002, Joe Eszterhas apologized in an op-ed for The New York Times for glamorizing smoking in this movie. Eszterhas was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2000, as was Michael Douglas in 2010 (although Douglas later said he actually had tongue cancer).
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Faye Dunaway openly criticized Michael Douglas for not letting Sharon Stone have above-the-title billing.
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Joe Eszterhas based Catherine Tramell on a go go dancer he knew in Ohio. One night he picked the stranger up, and they went back to his hotel room to have some fun. "She reached into her purse, and she pulled out a .22 and pointed it at me," he told Nerve. "She said, 'Give me one reason why I shouldn't pull this trigger.' I said, 'I didn't do anything to hurt you. You wanted to come here, and as far as I know, you enjoyed what we just did.' And she said, 'But this is all guys have ever wanted to do with me, and I'm tired of it.' We had a lengthy discussion before she put that gun down."
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Film debut of Jeanne Tripplehorn.
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Paul Verhoeven was on record when he first signed to do the film as saying that he wanted to make it the first Hollywood mainstream film with an erect penis in it. He didn't get his wish. But he did get a limp penis on-screen, on Boz's (Bill Cable's) cadaver when the police examine his body.
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Michael Douglas and Paul Verhoeven both approached the film as if it were a detective novel. Verhoeven wanted to make a modern version of an Alfred Hitchcock thriller, except with a lot more explicit sexuality, and Douglas agreed with the noir aspect. Typical Hitchcock elements include shots of staircases, as well as a beach house filmed against the backdrop of a stormy ocean (as seen in Vertigo (1958)). Verhoeven also admitted that Hitchcock influenced him subconsciously, when he later noticed that he had unknowingly selected one particular filming location because it had a small church in the background, looking almost identical to another shot from Vertigo.
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Nick Curran is based on an adrenaline-junkie Cleveland police officer Joe Eszterhas knew when he was a crime reporter with the "Cleveland Plain Dealer".
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One of the main points of disagreement between Paul Verhoeven and Joe Eszterhas concerned Verhoeven's wish to include a lesbian love scene between Catherine Trammell and her lover Roxy, as he considered a movie that only mentioned bisexual love without showing it to be overly puritan. Eszterhas considered such a scene to be pure sensationalism, and wanted to have nothing to do with it. Verhoeven made some attempts himself, even considering having Nick Curran secretly watch while the two women were having sex. However, he found that the scene ruined the movie's pace, so he abandoned the idea, and publicly apologized to Eszterhas. The only remnant of the scene in the movie is when Catherine and Roxy passionately kiss after Nick angrily leaves Catherine's apartment.
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This made Sharon Stone an overnight star after twelve years in the business and thirty acting credits (mainly B-movies and TV guest spots).
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Later followed by a sequel, Basic Instinct 2 (2006), which flopped at the box office. Michael Douglas declined to reprise the role of Nick in the sequel, admitting he felt he was too old.
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For her role as a femme fatale-type character, Sharon Stone referenced Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity (1944) and Kathleen Turner in Body Heat (1981).
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There was considerable controversy regarding the sex scene between Nick and Beth. Some critics regarded it as rape, while others said he should have used a condom, due to the AIDS epidemic at the time.
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The San Francisco Police Department had to deploy fifty riot police at every location every day to deal with picketing gay and lesbian activists.
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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).
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Michael Douglas felt the criticism he received at the time of the film's release was unfair, as he did not direct the movie, nor write the screenplay.
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In an interview, Jennifer Tilly, who was not in this film, defended actresses who chose to do nude scenes, including Sharon Stone. "Most of the women you hear running down (actresses who have done nude scenes) have done nude scenes or sex scenes. People say, 'Sharon Stone got to be a star because she showed her genitalia.' I don't think that was it. I think she gave a tremendous performance in BASIC INSTINCT. I don't think it was that half a second of film that gave everybody the idea, 'Let's put Sharon Stone in our next movie."
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The opening scene where Johnny Boz (Bill Cable) is stabbed through the nose was done by using a prosthetic head.
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While appearing on Inside the Actors Studio (1994), Sharon Stone claimed that she had no idea that Paul Verhoeven was filming up her dress during the interrogation scene. She also claims that when she saw the rushes, she slapped the director across the face, and ordered him to remove the shot. Verhoeven denies this.
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This movie, along with RoboCop (1987), Starship Troopers (1997), and Hollow Man (2000), is one of four separate movie franchises in which the first of their respected series (directed by Paul Verhoeven) were successful, but their sequels (not directed by Verhoeven) all either bombed at the box office (except RoboCop 2 (1990)), or were released Direct-to-DVD.
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The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) initially gave this movie an NC-17 rating. The NC-17 was established in 1990 to replace the X rating, due to the latter rating's association with pornography. According to Paul Verhoeven, the MPAA tried to encourage TriStar Pictures to not make edits for an R-rating, as they wanted a major film to prove to the American public that the NC-17 rating did not signify pornography. However, TriStar's contract with Verhoeven stipulated an R-rated film; thus forty-five seconds were removed to fulfill these obligations. The NC-17 version was released theatrically overseas, and is available on video in America.
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Joe Eszterhas and producer Irwin Winkler walked off the picture after failing to reach agreement with Paul Verhoeven over the script. Verhoeven promptly hired Total Recall (1990) writer Gary Goldman to come up with some new scenes, most of which beefed up Michael Douglas's character, and made him less wimpy. These changes were largely made at the behest of Douglas. It was during this later stage that Verhoeven realized his changes weren't going to work, so he publicly acknowledged his error and made up with Eszterhas (which Eszterhas admitted to be a rare thing in Hollywood). Problems reoccurred later when the script had been leaked, and the gay and lesbian communities had serious reservations about the depiction of lesbian and bisexual characters. Eszterhas wanted to make more changes to appease them, but Verhoeven point blank refused to incorporate these changes. Eszterhas again publicly distanced himself from the production, but once again reconciled with Verhoeven when the finished movie was praised by critics and homosexual communities alike. Alan Marshall came on board as producer following Winkler's departure from the project.
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Catherine's last name comes from Alan Trammell, the longtime star shortstop for the Detroit Tigers. Sharon Stone discovered that a trammell was a Scottish death shroud, and complimented Joe Eszterhas on his subtlety with the choice, not believing the truth.
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The disco scene was felt by many to be inappropriate, given Michael Douglas was approximately twice the average patron's age.
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Over fifty actresses of a wide age range were considered for the role of Catherine Trammell, including Isabelle Adjani, Kim Basinger, Ellen Barkin, Geena Davis, Alison Doody, Melanie Griffith, Mariel Hemingway, Anjelica Huston, Kelly Lynch, Kelly McGillis, Demi Moore, Lena Olin, Michelle Pfeiffer, Julia Roberts, Rene Russo, Meg Ryan, Greta Scacchi, Emma Thompson and Debra Winger. However, most of them didn't want to do full nude scenes, or not any longer, so Sharon Stone, a relative unknown, was cast instead. A few of these actresses (such Basinger, Moore, Russo and Ryan) reconsidered later in their career, perhaps due to the huge success of this movie, which launched Stone's career and revived the erotic thriller.
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Opening film at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival.
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Sharon Stone played the interrogation scene as if she were playing a game. Instead of allowing male law enforcement to intimidate her character, Stone played the role with confidence. "The ruse they use-'We have the power, we're going to show you'-didn't cut the mustard with Catherine," Stone told Playboy. "Her attitude was, 'You're so powerful. Aren't you cute!', and, of course, she had all the power. These men put her in a position where she was alone in a chair in the center of an empty room-surrounded. That would be a very intimidating position, in which to be, unless she disarmed them, which she did. At the police station, she could have been stricken and scared. But instead she thought, 'This is going to be fun. Oh, so you want me to sit in the middle of the room here? Oh, charming. Why is that? You want to make sure you can look up my dress? Okay, you can look up my dress.' It was a game."
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Brooke Shields turned down the role of Roxy, because she feared the role called for nudity.
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One of the locations for Sharon Stone's ocean front home was filmed at 157 Spindrift Rd, Carmel Highlands, CA (Spindriff Road was also mentioned in the 1971 Clint Eastwood directed thriller, "Play Misty For Me") recently sold for $16 million. Only 5 rooms of the 12,000 square foot mansion was used, including the deck, once featured on Sunset Magazine and the stone steps that led to the beach, actually led to the ocean directly. The film shows Stinson Beach, but several locations were blended. There is also additional footage along Spindrift Rd.
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Catherines car is a 1991 Lotus Esprit SE [Type 85].
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Milos Forman was the first choice of Joe Eszterhas and Irwin Winkler to direct. He read the script while on vacation, and agreed to make the movie, but it turned out that Paul Verhoeven had already been hired by then.
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When the film was released Michael Douglas said he had never had sex with Sharon Stone.
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Final film of Dorothy Malone.
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Patrick Swayze, Kevin Costner, Robert De Niro, Bruce Willis, Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford were considered for the role of Nick Curran.
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According to the original screenplay, the character of Gus (George Dzundza) was supposed to be sixty-four.
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Sharon Stone (Catherine Tramell) was the only cast member to return for Basic Instinct 2 (2006).
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Joe Eszterhas conceived the screenplay in part because Shane Black replaced him as the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood with his $1.75 million sale of The Last Boy Scout (1991), He quickly committed himself to take back his record and succeeded when Carolco paid him $3 million for the script.
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In the latter scene, where Beth comes into Nick's apartment the opening theme song from "The Jefferson's" could be heard on the television and when she leaves after a verbal altercation, while it seems he is awaken from being heavily intoxicated the movie, Hellraiser (1987) is on the television.
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This was the seventh time that cinematographer Jan De Bont collaborated with Paul Verhoeven, most of their other projects being films made in their native Netherlands. This was their final collaboration after their first Hollywood outing, Flesh+Blood (1985), as de Bont made his directorial debut Speed (1994) shortly thereafter.
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This was Paul Verhoeven's first and only film shot in anamorphic Panavision, plus second overall anamorphic feature since Flesh + Blood (1985). Cinematographer Jan De Bont convinced him to shoot this movie in anamorphic 2.39:1. This film was also originally going to be shot in the taller 1.85:1 ratio, because Verhoeven felt that it was an intimate drama, until he realized that the anamorphic format benefited the film composition wise. For example: the precinct scene where Tramell is interviewed had six actors in the frame.
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A clip that was cut from the first sex scene between Nick and Catherine, in which Catherine removes her dress, was featured in the trailer.
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Paul Verhoeven briefly considered Peter Weller for the role of Nick Curran, having worked with him on RoboCop (1987).
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When the film was released Michael Douglas described his character Nick Curran as evil in interviews.
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When Nick is tailing Catherine Tramell on California Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway), he passes a car bearing the license plate "OUTTA TM", a presumably unintentional reference to the "OUTATIME" license plate in Back to the Future (1985).
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The Johnny Boz Club was a set, built inside Warner Brothers Studios.
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As with RoboCop (1987), Paul Verhoeven talked to Tom Berenger about playing Nick Curran, but Berenger did not like the script. He later made Sliver (1993), which also starred Sharon Stone and was written by Joe Eszterhas.
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Linda Fiorentino was considered to play Beth. She would later play a major part in another erotic thriller written by Joe Eszterhas: Jade (1995).
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The apartment complex where Detective Nick Curran lives is located at 1158-1170 Montgomery Street at the Green Street L-Bend.
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11431 Euclid Avenue, the address on Lisa Hoberman's 1984 driver license, is a real address in Cleveland, Ohio, where Joe Eszterhas previously worked as a journalist.
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Beths car is a 1991 Acura Integra [DA9].
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Reportedly Michael Douglas wasn't happy with Joe Eszterhas's script, so left for Europe during filming to film Shining Through (1992) which, interestingly Jan De Bont was also the cinematographer on. On Douglas's return he was angry to find the script was no better than when he'd left!
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Paul Verhoeven was originally slated to direct Michael Douglas in Black Rain (1989), but he dropped out in favor of Total Recall (1990).
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No fewer than five actors in "Basic Instinct" appeared in episodes of Seinfeld (1989) - not that there's anything wrong with that.

Wayne Knight (John Correli), who hilariously played Newman the mailman on "Seinfeld," gave the priceless look of amazement as he gazed at Sharon Stone in the infamous leg-crossing scene.

Daniel von Bargen (Lieutenant Nilsen), Michael Douglas's superior officer, played George Costanza's boss, the head of Kruger Industrial Smoothing, on several "Seinfeld" episodes.

Stephen Tobolowsky (Dr. Lamott), one of the psychiatrists evaluating Douglas's character, played the new-age wacko Tor who tried to cure George's tonsillitis.

Bradford English, the Campus Policeman questioned by Douglas, played a Cop on the episode in which Jerry's apartment is robbed.

James Rebhorn (Dr. McElwaine), another shrink, was the prosecutor in the final episode of the show.
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The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Michael Douglas and Dorothy Malone; and one Oscar nominee: Sharon Stone.
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Nicks handgun is a, 9x19mm 2nd Generation Glock 17.
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Nick's police car is a 1986 Dodge Nick's personal car is a 1990 Ford Mustang GT convertible.
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Although Catherine was using Nick while she wrote a novel, there was still criticism that Michael Douglas looked too old for this film.
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Michael Douglas and James Rebhorn, who played Dr. McElwaine in this film, would go on to share more screentime together in The Game (1997).
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Michael Douglas also played a San Francisco police inspector and detective in The Streets of San Francisco (1972)
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Paul Verhoeven previously directed Miguel Ferrer in RoboCop (1987). Leilani Sarelle (Roxy) was married to Ferrer from 1991-2003.
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Leilani Sarelle was married at the time of the film's release to Miguel Ferrer, who had appeared in Paul Verhoeven's earlier film RoboCop (1987).
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Final film of Bill Cable.
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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.
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Included among the American Film Institute's 2001 list of 400 movies nominated for the top 100 Most Heart-Pounding American Movies.
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Four of the crew are European; Paul Verhoeven was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Jan De Bont was born in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, Producer Alan Marshall was born in London, England, and Joe Eszterhas was born in Csákánydoroszló, Hungary.
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Farrah Fawcett was offered the main role but turned it down because of the sex and nudity.
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The team behind the documentary Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies (2020), director Danny Wolf and executive producer Jim McBride (best known as Mr. Skin), both feel Sharon Stone's crotch shot in this film is the most famous nude scene of all time. Ironically, Stone has said in interviews that she had no idea the director filmed her vagina in that scene or that he would include it in the movie. She was as shocked as everyone else.
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Michael Douglas' character has the same first name ("Nick") as his character in Black Rain (1989), in which he also portrayed a cop. Douglas' character in Black Rain (1989) is Detective Nick Conklin, while his character in this film is Detective Nick Curran.
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An extract from Time Out criticises and praises the film as follows, "Yet the film's depiction of numerous bisexual women with murky, murderous pasts has angered activists and does illustrate that sensitivity is not always the strong suit of director Paul Verhoeven or writer Joe Esztherhas. But if you like things hard, adult, unrestrained and off the rails, then Douglas and Stone are superb, while Dzundza (as sidekick Gus) delivers another classic hard boiled cameo".
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There has been some confusion as to whether or not Sharon Stone knew her exposed vagina was being filmed during the interrogation scene, but she admitted in interviews that the scene was appropriate for the movie and noted that if she had been the director, she would have left it in too.
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This was Number 1 on the British Channel Sky Movies Plus(now Sky Cinema) UK Top 10 in 1992.
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Sharon Stone had no idea they were going to show her vagina in that one infamous scene. "When we did it, it was going to be an innuendo and the director said, 'We're seeing the white of your underwear, I need you to take them off.' And I'm like, 'I don't want you to see anything and he's like, 'No, no you're not going to.'," she recalled. "When I saw it in the theatre, with a bunch of other people, I was like (in shock). When the film ended I went in the booth and I slapped him (Verhoeven) and I said, 'You could have showed me this to me by myself'."
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After talking with Beth, Nick comments to Gus, "She killed him." Misunderstanding, Gus declares: "Beth? Now you've got Beth killing people?" Nick corrects him, saying that he was referring to Catherine, but soon enough, evidence surfaces implying that Beth is indeed involved in the slew of murders that have occurred, even if, of course, it was Catherine who was framing Beth.
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According to legend, unknown actor Liam Rowbotham begged producers to play the role that eventually went to Michael Douglas, but he was turned down after Sharon Stone saw a photo of him.
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George Dzundza and Daniel Von Bargen were also in Crimson Tide (1995).
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The main sex scene with Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone took five days to film.
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According to Paul Verhoeven, the woman in the opening scene was Sharon Stone, and not a body double. Stone herself has also confirmed this.
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Sharon Stone, when doing the interview circuit, was really annoyed by the fact that everyone always asked her how she felt about all the nudity, when she had real problems with the fact that her character killed someone on-screen. When filming this sequence, a paramedic had to be on standby, as she kept passing out, and suffered nightmares.
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During an interview with RuPaul and Michelle Visage, Cassandra Peterson (famous for playing Elvira, who was dating Bill Cable at the time), reported that during the scene Bill is stabbed with the ice pick, the ice pick was only supposed to hit the blood packs on Bill's chest, but Sharon Stone got so into the scene, that the ice pick ended up piercing through the blood packs and penetrated Bill Cable's chest underneath in multiple spots. No one was aware at the time, except for Bill, whose screams of pain were real. Bill was later rushed to the emergency room and treated for puncture wounds varying from half an inch to an inch deep. Thankfully, he didn't sustain any serious injuries, but the incident left him with permanent scars on his chest.
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DNA evidence would have proven Catherine (Sharon Stone) was with Johnny Boz (Bill Cable) when he was murdered.
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When it was first released, the film confused many audience members, who had wildly different impressions of who the killer really was. It wasn't until the director and stars went public in interviews, telling the public who the killer was, and where the clues could be found, that the debate about the ending finally was put to rest.
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Sharon Stone was seriously considering giving up acting to study law at the time she was offered the role of Catherine Tramell. Ironically, Stone's character Trammell was an extreme law breaker.
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To get an R-rating, Paul Verhoeven had to re-cut the movie a total of fourteen times. The four scenes demanding the heaviest re-cuts were the murder of Johnny Boz, the "date rape" of Elizabeth Garner, the sex scene between Nick and Catherine, and the death of Gus.
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Gay rights activists were so against the way the gay characters were portrayed that they blocked the San Francisco set numerous times. Paul Verhoeven had to issue fake call sheets, to trick the protesters into blocking unused locations. When the movie was released, the activists paraded around San Francisco theaters handing out flyers saying, "Catherine did it", to ruin the plot for moviegoers. This didn't seem to have any impact at all, as the movie opened at number one on that same weekend, and went on to become one of the highest-grossing movies of the year.
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There was some question as to whether Catherine Trammell should kill women as well as men, but Paul Verhoeven decided that she should only kill men.
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Paul Verhoeven offered the role to Sharon Stone mainly because he admired her acting in Total Recall (1990), where she played an evil character pretending to be innocent, even though reportedly 15 other actresses had turned it down at that point.
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A moment that gave further evidence to support that Sharon Stone's character was indeed responsible for the murder of George Dzundza's character of Gus was hinted upon during the 'Break-up' scene between Nick and Catherine. As Nick walks into Catherine's home, he is seen looking at Catherine's computer that is printing out pages of her latest book 'Shooter' whose main antagonist is based on Nick. From Nick's P.O.V a fragment of paragraph is shown printing, that reads "Shooter raced into the...pounded the button for the...fly up the staircase, his breath...His partner's dead body lay...elevator, legs sticking out..." Although fragmented, this paragraph describes with detail George Dzundza's characters murder that takes place towards the film's climax. As the film's unknown killer's at this point m.o is announced earlier in the movie as using a method of murder described in one of Catherine's previously published novel's, it is unlikely that anyone else other than Catherine would have used this method to kill Nick's partner as her latest book has still not been published and was only completed within a short period of time before the final murder.
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In the original theatrical version, when the police are questioning her at the precinct, has Catherine Tramell answering the question about being the old rocker's girlfriend. She replies in the original dialogue as saying "I like fucking him, we liked fucking each other." Not "I like having sex with him, we liked having sex with each other." You can see Sharon Stone's mouth move in the more explicit language.
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Sharon Stone was nervous filming the first sex scene with Bill Cable.
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Renée Soutendijk and Amanda Donohoe were considered for the role of Catherine Tramell. Soutendijk had already played a femme fatale in one of Paul Verhoeven's Dutch films, and came very close to getting the part. However, Verhoeven realized that American audiences wouldn't be surprised if a European actress was cast in the part of the wicked and dangerous lady, so he decided that Catherine Tramell should be an "All-American" girl.
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In the climax, the ice pick is seen underneath Nick's bed which is implied Catherine is reaching out for and hints that Catherine is the killer and that she framed Beth. This is merely a theory: Gus worked out Beth was Catherine's roommate and arranged for Beth to meet him at the office building. Somehow, Catherine may had tapped Gus or Beth's phone, overheard Gus's message to Beth and put her plan to kill Gus and frame Beth into motion. Donning a hoodie, Catherine may her way to the office building. Knowing Nick would go to the office building, a cunning Catherine killed Gus and it's likely, when she fled the scene of the crime, Catherine broke into Beth's apartment and planted the evidence. In the time between Gus's murder and Nick returning to his apartment, Catherine broke back into Nick's apartment and put the ice pick under his bed and waited until Nick arrived.
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In Xena: Warrior Princess: The Ides of March (1999), the scene, in which Julius Ceaser (Karl Urban) has a nightmare, in which Xena (Lucy Lawless) is having sex with him in a woman-on-top position, and then stabs him with a knife, was a nod to this film, which Catherine Trammell (Sharon Stone) rides a man, and then kills him with a ice pick.
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One of two movies where Michael Douglas plays a cop named Nick, who has a partner who gets killed. In Black Rain (1989) his partner Charlie, played by Andy Garcia, is decapitated in a parking garage in Japan, after being led in there from someone stealing his coat, after he did a mock bullfight. In this film, Gus (George Dzundza) is stabbed in the neck in the elevator with an ice pick. In both movies, both Nicks deal with Internal Affairs. In Black Rain (1989), Nick Conklin is accused of stealing money from drug dealers to pay off mounting debt. In this film, Nick Curran was undercover trying to bust a drug buy, and shot two tourists accidentally, due to the fact he was using cocaine.
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