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The take-no-prisoners sex thriller from 1992 now stands as a milestone in the career of screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, but in the hands of director Paul VerhoevenBasic Instinctis an undeniably stylish and provocative study of obsession. In the role that made her a star (and showed the audience a little more skin than she intended), Sharon Stone plays the cleverly manipulative novelist Catherine Tramell who snares San Francisco detective Nick Curran (Michael Douglas) with her insatiable sexual appetite during the investigation of her boyfriend's murder. Tramell is the prime suspect, but the plot twists and turns until Curran is trapped in a dangerous cycle of dead ends and unsolved murders, never sure if Tramell is committing the crimes or if it is some other, unknown suspect. With a plot that keeps viewers guessing,Basic Instinctis the work of a director who is clearly in his element.--Jeff Shannon
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review by . November 05, 2006
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In case you've missed the plot summary, it goes like  this: Sharon Stone plays a cold-blooded, near-sociopathic  novelist whose boyfriend has just been murdered. The   crime, which involves some barely believable bondage  is a replica of one she described in her last novel.  Michael Douglas is the detective on the case and Jeanne  Tripplehorn is the police psychologist who is Douglas'  ex-girlfriend and is-in violation of any …
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