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  • 18
  • Drama
  • 1995
  • 131 mins




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


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

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