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Showgirls (1995)

NC-17 | | Drama | 22 September 1995 (USA)
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Nomi, a young drifter, arrives in Las Vegas to become a dancer and soon sets about clawing and pushing her way to become the top of the Vegas showgirls.

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Paul Verhoeven (as Jan Jansen)

Writer:

Joe Eszterhas
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Berkley ... Nomi Malone
Kyle MacLachlan ... Zack Carey
Gina Gershon ... Cristal Connors
Glenn Plummer ... James Smith
Robert Davi ... Al Torres
Alan Rachins ... Tony Moss
Gina Ravera ... Molly Abrams
Lin Tucci ... Henrietta 'Mama' Bazoom
Greg Travis ... Phil Newkirk
Al Ruscio ... Mr. Karlman
Patrick Bristow ... Marty Jacobsen
William Shockley ... Andrew Carver
Bobbie Phillips ... Dee
Dewey Weber ... Jeff
Rena Riffel ... Penny / Hope
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Storyline

Nomi Malone, a mysterious young girl with the ambition to dance embarks on a journey to Las Vegas to become a showgirl in a high-class hotel show. There she meets Molly, a seamstress at the Stardust Hotel and the two quickly become good friends. She gets a job as a lap dancer at the seedy Cheetah Club but after a chance meeting with Cristal Connors, the star of Goddess, the current show at the hotel where Molly works, Nomi manages to secure an audition for a spot on the chorus line.However she soon realises that fame comes with a price as her friendships, her morals and her soul are put to the test as she works her way up the ladder and eventually becomes the star of the show, stealing Cristal's part. She begins to wonder if all of her work was for nothing and if she can reclaim her life back before it is too late. Written by David Rush

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for nudity and erotic sexuality throughout, and for some graphic language and sexual violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Coristas See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,112,627, 24 September 1995

Gross USA:

$20,350,754

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,350,754
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| (NC-17)

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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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When the film swept the 16th Annual RAZZIE Awards, Paul Verhoeven turned up in person to accept Worst Director and Worst Picture. He was the first director to ever turn up to collect the award. See more »

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The shadow of the camera passes over Nomi when she is in the alley after storming out of Crystal's dressing room (for the first time) See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jeff: Hop in, pard!
Nomi Malone: Where are you going?
Jeff: Vegas! Come on! This is your lucky day!
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The edited "director's R-rated version" created for Blockbuster Video and similar video store chains is 128 minutes long. To create the R-rated version, 61 seconds of footage were cut and 20 seconds were altered by using different camera angles. The R-rated version is as of 2016 is only available on VHS. See more »

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Campy beyond the wildest dreams of drag queens!
30 April 2003 | by khia213See all my reviews

Along with "Valley of the Dolls", "Reefer Madness," and "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls," "Showgirls" belongs in the pantheon of bad film. But don't take that wrong. This film is so bad, that it's fabulous.

From the deer in the headlights performance of Elizabeth Berkley, to the so far over the top that you need a telescope to look down at it dialogue, this film is a camp masterpiece. Never before have so many cliches and ridiculous scenarios been gathered in one film.

The plot? A simple girl with big dreams travels to the big city to become A STAR! She struggles against the odds, only to achieve her BIG BREAK! She rejects it all when she realizes that fame is hollow and disallusioning. Sounds like every show biz movie every made except in this version, the big dream is to be a topless showgirl, the big break involves literally breaking the competition's leg and fame involves wearing three sets of false eyelashes and sparkles as clothing. The movie dislikes women so much that there is no female character in the whole of it that isn't either wildly catty or completely witless. Men in this film don't fare much better, but no male is subjected to a gang rape as the lone sympathetic female character is.

If I remember correctly, Joe Esterhaus was paid a ridiculous amount of money for the screenplay for this film. As penance for creating this abomination, he should be required to wander the earth, giving money to anyone who sat through it.

Nonetheless, I recommend this film as a laugh riot for the sheer lunacy of it.


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