Basic Instinct

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Nick Curran (Douglas) is a cop on the edge. Investigated for an over-zealous approach to his work, saddled with a drink and relationships problem, he becomes slowly embroiled with the case, then with the suspect, when a former rock star is found murdered at the climax of some bondage-style sex. Catherine Tramell (Stone), an ultra-clever, ultra-rich author and bisexual free spirit, is at the core of all the basic instinct paraded in the film. One scene in which she teases and bosses a roomful of hard law enforcement men is probably the best illustration of post-feminism in action that Hollywood has offered. Yet the film's depiction of not one but several bisexual women with murky, murderous pasts has angered activists, and does illustrate that sensitivity is not always the strong suit of Verhoeven or scriptwriter Joe Eszterhas. But if you like things unrestrained, hard, adult and off-the-rails, then Douglas and Stone are superb, and George Dzundza (as sidekick Gus) delivers another classic hard-boiled cameo.
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Release details

UK release:

1992

Duration:

127 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Paul Verhoeven

Cast:

Dorothy Malone, Denis Arndt, Jeanne Tripplehorn, George Dzundza, Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Wayne Knight

Music:

Jerry Goldsmith

Production Designer:

Terence Marsh

Editor:

Frank J Urioste

Cinematography:

Jan De Bont

Screenwriter:

Joe Eszterhas

Producer:

Alan Marshall

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Mark

Superbly stylish, sexy, tense, genre defining and beautiful to behold, spot the nod to Kim Novak in Sharon's wardrobe and the ever memorable score...love it!

Mark

Superbly stylish, sexy, tense, genre defining and beautiful to behold, spot the nod to Kim Novak in Sharon's wardrobe and the ever memorable score...love it!

Thomas Noctor

Average movie. No need for a 'cop' to rape his Shrink though. Bit of a bore. Avoid unless your a perv!