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Director: Paul Verhoeven

Cast: Elizabeth Berkley, Gina Gershon, Kyle MacLachlan


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"I'm gonna dance," Nomi Malone (Elizabeth Berkley) insists in the opening scene of Showgirls, and dance she does. In this quasi-update of All About Eve, Nomi is a drifter whose sole ambition is to headline the "Goddess" topless dance show at the Stardust in Las Vegas. Of course, even Nomi must pay her dues, and she does so at the Cheetah, grinding poles…  See more details below


"I'm gonna dance," Nomi Malone (Elizabeth Berkley) insists in the opening scene of Showgirls, and dance she does. In this quasi-update of All About Eve, Nomi is a drifter whose sole ambition is to headline the "Goddess" topless dance show at the Stardust in Las Vegas. Of course, even Nomi must pay her dues, and she does so at the Cheetah, grinding poles and lap dancing her way to a future. Fortunately, her roommate, Molly, works at the Stardust and invites Nomi to see the show, where she meets Crystal Conners (Gina Gershon, in the Bette Davis role), with whom she immediately forms a love/hate relationship. Nomi soon learns what she must do to get ahead, and the rest of the film documents her cat-like crawl up the showgirl ladder of success. Directed by Paul Verhoeven, (Robocop, Basic Instinct, The Fourth Man), Showgirls was conceived as the first big-budget "adult" film since 1977's Caligula, and the first such production to wear the NC-17 rating; its failure at the box-office discouraged further attempts at large-scale adult productions.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
One of the most controversial films of recent years, Showgirls earned the seldom-applied NC-17 rating for its copious amounts of nudity, sex, drugs, and violence. It also earned -- unjustly, according to some -- disparagement by critics who thought the script by Joe Eszterhas inordinately hokey. Elizabeth Berkley, previously one of the fresh-faced teen stars of TV's Saved by the Bell, lent her not-inconsiderable charms to the part of an amoral drifter who arrives in Las Vegas, takes a job as lap dancer, then becomes a showgirl; she eventually graduates to stardom -- only to find Vegas just as tawdry at the top as it is at the bottom. Part deliciously sappy soap opera, part softcore sex flick, Showgirls was defended by its director, Paul Verhoeven (Starship Troopers), as being a serious drama. But in the years since its 1995 release, the film has become a camp classic of sorts, delighting viewers who've come to appreciate its fruity characters and jaw-dropping dialogue.
All Movie Guide
Every so often comes a film so vile that its own lack of a single redeemable element becomes its saving grace. The surreal decision to cast Saved By the Bell alumna Elizabeth Berkley as the protagonist, combined with the even more absurd premise of an exotic dancer's oddly intense dream to climb the ladder from a sleazy strip joint to a topless Las Vegas extravaganza, makes this joke among movies a rather funny one, indeed. Though director Paul Verhoeven's attempt at giving a no-holds-barred look inside the intricacies of the sex industry was an indisputable failure, certain aspects of the pornography business are unwittingly portrayed so humorously that the meaning behind them becomes slightly more palatable. A feminist view of the same subject matter could easily be disregarded as a biased or politically correct look at the age-old business, but the over-the-top, laughably bad nature of Showgirls unintentionally manages to desexualize softcore pornography, and, in doing so, puts the nuances of the industry, from the undertone of hatred toward women to the status differences between sex workers, into the light. The spectacularly trashy film strove to go above and beyond what everyone wanted to hate it for, thus making itself a laughably contrived production rather than a biting exposé. Showgirls also set a bar for what not to do when attempting to highlight adult issues, which helped forge the path for more recent endeavors of a similar nature, such as the documentary Live Nude Girls Unite!, sex workers' art shows, and the resurgence of interest in all things burlesque.

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[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

The Greatest Movie Ever Made: Audio Commentary by David Schmader With Video Commentary on teh Strip Club Dance Scene by The girls of Scores; Lap Dance Tutorial Featuring the World-Famous Girls of Scores; A Showgirls Diary: Storyboard-to-Screen Featurette; Trivia Track Includes Revealing Information About the Film.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elizabeth Berkley Nomi Malone
Gina Gershon Cristal Connors
Kyle MacLachlan Zack Carey
Robert Davi Al Torres
Alan Rachins Tony Moss
William Shockley Andrew Carver
Glenn Plummer James Smith
Gina Ravera Molly Abrams
Lin Tucci Henrietta Bazoom
Greg Travis Phil Newkirk
Al Ruscio Mr. Karlman
Patrick Bristow Marty Jacobsen
Michelle Johnston Gay Carpenter
Dewey Weber Jeff
Rena Riffel Penny
Melissa Williams Julie
Lance Davis Bell Captain
Jack McGee Jack the Stagehand
Bobbie Phillips Dee
Joan Foley Jail Matron
Kevin Stea Daryl
Lisa Boyle Sonny
Alexander Folk Booking Sergeant
Alexander Zale Doctor
Irene Olga Lopez Personnel Woman
Julie Pop Nurse
Jim Wise Cheetah Loudmouth
Rick Marotta Long-Haired Drunk
Paul Bates Cheetah Bouncer
Fernando Celis Hector
Robert Dunn Chimp Trainer
Jason Yribar Goddess Dancer
Judette Warren Spelling Dancer
Maria Diaz Yoga Dancer
Madison Clarke Classes Dancer
Chris Tedesco Jazz Combo
Patrick Seymour Jazz Combo
Jim Ishida Mr Okida
Carrie Ann Inaba Goddess Dancer

Technical Credits
Paul Verhoeven Director
Allan Cameron Production Designer
Lynn Ehrensperger Associate Producer
Joe Eszterhas Screenwriter
Charles Evans Producer
David Forrest Makeup
Joseph Geisinger Sound/Sound Designer
Richard C. Goddard Set Decoration/Design
Mark Goldblatt Editor
Robert C. Goldstein Set Decoration/Design
Anette Haellmigk Camera Operator
Mark Helfrich Editor
Elaine Huzzar Casting
Mario Kassar Executive Producer
Alan Marshall Producer
Timothy A. Miguel Makeup
Ellen Mirojnick Costumes/Costume Designer
Ben Myron Co-producer
WIlliam F. O'Brien Art Director
Marguerite Pomerhn-Derricks Choreography
Johanna Ray Casting
Ellen H. Schwartz Asst. Director
Dave Stewart Score Composer
Stan Tropp Set Decoration/Design
Jost Vacano Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Showgirls
1. Title/Switchblade Nomi [3:19]
2. Friend or Faux [4:51]
3. It's the Show, Girl! [4:09]
4. Cristal Magic [3:43]
5. She Can Dance [3:38]
6. Cheetah's House Rules [1:05]
7. Is it Dancing? [1:53]
8. Lap Dancer's Delight [1:53]
9. The Dress She Wants [3:31]
10. Stardust Material [3:31]
11. Audition: Impossible [6:33]
12. Training Ground [6:33]
13. Movin' on Up [1:21]
14. "It's a Ver-sayce" [1:59]
15. Practice Run [1:50]
16. For the Very First Time [5:55]
17. Discarded [5:35]
18. A New Start [3:32]
19. Boat Convention [3:27]
20. Tough Break No. 1 [1:53]
21. Pool Daze [4:17]
22. "Nomi's Got Heat" [2:05]
23. James' Show [:00]
24. Easy Come, Easy Go [6:48]
25. Touch Break No. 2 [6:37]
26. A Star is Born [4:51]
27. Sad, Mad Molly [6:20]
28. Goddess, Star & Groupie [4:54]
29. Polly's Rap Sheet [3:01]
30. Payback [1:24]
31. Nicely Settled [3:48]
32. End Credits [2:57]

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4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
ClayMonkey More than 1 year ago
The movie so cheesy you just have to watch it... I am repulsed and fascinated all at once, and cannot look away. From the moment hitch-hiking Liz Berkely flashes her jack-knife to the leering truckdriver, I'm hooked. Never has such horrendous acting, pained scripting, and cliche'd plot brought so much pleasure. What a classic. Thank you, Paul Verhoeven!
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a very good movie! i liked it alot!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love to Hate it Every character is a selfish, shameless, opportunist. The story is intense and absurd at the same time : And, yes, this has Elizabeth Berkley fully nude. Plus Gina Gershon and Bobbie Phillips just short of full nude. This is a comedic and explicit example of how trashy Vegas can be. Fans love to hate it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yeah, yeah, it's one of the worst movies ever made; we've read the reviews. Still, Showgirls is that rare film that's so howlingly bad it's surprisingly entertaining. In attempting to make a serious drama about ambitious (and mostly nude!) Vegas artistes, Verhoeven and Eszterhas gave the world one of the best-ever unintentional comedies. Finally, someone figured this out and packaged a re-release that acknowledges Showgirls' over-the-top campiness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Only serious film buffs may get the high degree of pleasure that this howler delivers (and it is not the same pleasure that this film delivers to young teen boys looking for skin-shots.) It takes an appreciation of good taste, and a solid sense of irony, to 'get' one this bad, but it replaced 'Valley of the Dolls' as the best-bad in my book and that says alot. This one is epic. Seekers of camp and kitsch: this is the 8x10-glossy-motherlode.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone who rates this movie badly with the opinion that the acting is bad and its too racey...please! You saw the cover and read the description before you got on this ride! Its a CAMPY CULT CLASSIC! Its supposed to be bad. In fact its the best bad movie ever made! Numbers don't lie and this is on the list of top 20 bestselling MGM DVD's. Enjoy it for what it is: taste-less trash that will make you laugh time and again! Pass the doggy chow and the lee press-on's and roll the film!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This trash-fest is fierce. Elizabeth Berkeley is over the top. Gina Gershon is sexy and mean. Kyle McLachlan is basically a chin with a nice butt. The whole cast has done themselves proud, whether they were in on the joke or not. The plot is wonderful and awful at the same time. Theres so many great one-liners it makes my head spin. Nothing and I mean NOTHING can compare. I dare you not to love it.
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