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Basic Instinct (1992)

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A violent police detective investigates a brutal murder that might involve a manipulative and seductive novelist.

Director:

Paul Verhoeven

Writer:

Joe Eszterhas
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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 seductive suspect & a cop who can't resist her. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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

Gross USA:

$117,727,224

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$352,927,224
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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

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. See more »

Goofs

After Catherine scratches Nick, drawing lines of blood, she flips him over and is on top of him, theoretically smearing that blood all over the pristine white sheets. No blood is ever visible on the bedding. 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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Movin' on Up
Written by Jeff Barry and Ja'net DuBois (as Janet DuBois)
Courtesy of ELP Communications
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Surprisingly Good
16 November 2015 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A police detective (Michael Douglas) is in charge of the investigation of a brutal murder, in which a beautiful and seductive woman could be involved.

I thought this was going to be a 1990s thriller, nothing too special, sort of a companion to "Fatal Attraction". I mean, come on, both have Michael Douglas getting attracted to the wrong sort of woman, with plenty of sexual activity and his butt freely exposed to the world.

But I actually think this was far more clever, almost even a satire of itself, if that is possible. The melodrama, the over-the-top nature, the fine line between thriller and horror with the nasty death scenes... this is a cut above the rest and may be something of a modern classic.


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