Viewing your Watchlist and recommended content requires Javascript

  • 18
  • Drama
  • 1995
  • 131 mins

Showgirls

Showgirls

Synopsis

In Paul Verhoeven's controversial erotic melodrama, Elizabeth Berkley is a dancer who heads to Las Vegas in pursuit of stardom.

About

A critical and box office bomb on its release in 1995, Showgirls is easily the most divisive film in the career of director Paul Verhoeven (RoboCop, Total Recall). In the decades since, this kitschy Vegas picaresque, which follows gutsy dancer Nomi (Saved By The Bell’s Elizabeth Berkley) from cheap strip joint to the glitzy spectacle of the Stardust Casino’s ‘Goddess’ revue, has been re-appraised as a self-consciously sleazy survey of exploitation both on screen and stage. Best viewed alongside Basic Instinct, another erotic genre workout from Verhoeven and writer Joe Eszterhas, Showgirls is an extreme, and often extremely entertaining film that matches seedy expectations with near-grotesque levels of flesh, sex and scene-chewing, all the while exhibiting the familiar scathing, satirical wit that turned Verhoeven’s sci-fi bloodbaths into subversive classics.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Robert Davi, Kyle MacLachlan, Alan Rachins, Glenn Plummer, Gina Gershon, Elizabeth Berkley
  • Director: Paul Verhoeven
  • Writer: Joe Eszterhas
  • Producer: Alan Marshall, Charles Evans
  • Photographer: Jost Vacano

Latest from Film4...

  • Film4 Suffragette

    Suffragette

    Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham-Carter star in Sarah Gavron's drama about the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement

  • Film4 Notorious

    Notorious

    The story of the life and death of Chris Wallace, known to his fans as the legendary rap artist Notorious B.I.G.

  • Film4

    Saoirse Ronan on Arrietty

    The actress talks about lending her voice to the Studio Ghibli adventure

  • Film4 Hope Springs

    Hope Springs on Film4

    Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones star as a married couple who turn to Steve Carell's therapist for help with spicing things up in David Frankel's authentic comedy-drama on Film4

  • Channel 4 Blog

    Dark Horse: Welsh Premiere Announced

    [caption id="attachment_4385" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance[/caption] Sundance Award winner Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story Of Dream A

  • Channel 4 Blog

    Bobcat Goldthwait on God Bless America

    "To me, the best part about being famous is taking down phonies..." As God Bless America receives its UK TV premiere on Film4, writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait (World¿s Greatest Dad, Willow Creek) lo

Register with Film4.com

Personalise your Film4 experience

  • Set film reminders
  • Build your watchlist
  • Get film suggestions

or Register

Share