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Showgirls (1995)

Cult Movies movie directed by Paul Verhoeven

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  • Jun 2, 2004
This is one of those movies that people seem to either really love or hate. I actually liked the movie for a variety of reasons.

First, the plot is believable. A down and out, although attractive woman dreams of being a Las Vegas showgirl. She clearly has the looks and talent to be successful, just not the pedigree. The movie is about what it takes for her to achieve her goal, in a somewhat seamy world where women and men are exploited by a cast of sleazy characters. Secondly, Naomi, the main character played by Elizabeth Berkley, does have character. She eventually has to decide if her dream is worth her compromising her values. And despite being stripper and former call girl, she does have character.

I'm not sure why this film is so reviled by some.

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When Goldie Hawn recommended Elizabeth Berkley for a small role inFirst Wives Club, she publicly stated that Berkley deserved the opportunity to redeem herself after starring in the ridiculousShowgirls. That says it all: this sleazy, stupid movie, which mixes soft pornography with the clichés of backstage dramas, is the kind of project an aspiring actress would have to put well behind her to keep a career going (though costar Gina Gershon certainly benefited from her, uh, exposure in the film). Berkley plays a drifter who hitches a ride to Las Vegas, becomes a lap dancer and then a performer, and discovers--gasp!--there's a whole world of sex and violence involved with these things. Gershon is probably the best element in the film, playing Berkley's bisexual rival for the big spotlight on stage. Joe Eszterhas was well overpaid for writing this howler, and director Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct) should have known better than to take it seriously. --Tom Keogh
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Director: Paul Verhoeven
Genre: Cult Movies
Screen Writer: Joe Eszterhas
DVD Release Date: April 25, 2000
Runtime: 128 minutes
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
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