"Were you ever engaged in any sadomasochistic activity'"--John Correli (Wayne Knight) to Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone) during interrogation "Exactly what did you have in mind, Mr. Correli'"
"There's no smoking in this building, Ms. Tramell."--Correli "What're you going do' Charge me with smoking'"
Rolling Stone - 04/16/1992
"...One charged-up erotic thriller - gory, lurid, brutally funny..."
New York Times - 03/20/1992
"...[A] red-hot, dangerously modern romance [that] will never be accused of not knowing how to get an audience's attention....[Stone is] chilling..."
Entertainment Weekly - 03/20/1992
"...Visually, it's edgy and impressive..."
This steamy thriller to end all steamy thrillers stars Michael Douglas as Nick, a boozy San Francisco police detective who finds himself drawn to the prime suspect in a murder case--manipulative, sexually uninhibited novelist Catherine Trammell (Sharon Stone). Catherine's latest book features a murder uncannily similar to the one Nick is investigating, and as the pair engage in a mating dance of dangerous one-upmanship, more murders occur, all described in her current work, about a boozy cop in love with a killer. Nick's psychiatrist (Jeanne Tripplehorn), and cop partner (George Dzundza) are both worried about him, and Catherine's jealous lesbian lover (Leilani Sarelle) may be trying to kill him, but Nick is just too turned on to care.
Director Paul Verhoeven shows an admirable lack of restraint in this ludicrously enjoyable thriller, a sort of postmodern noir with Joe Eszterhas's script coming off like Mamet by way of Penthouse. Stone and Douglas exhibit fine chemistry (and most of their bodies), and there's some lovely Bay Area scenery courtesy of cinematographer Jan de Bont (who went on to direct films such as SPEED and TWISTER). Wayne Knight (Newman from SEINFELD) and Mitch Pileggi (Skinner from THE X-FILES) are precinct heads who question Catherine in the infamous leg-crossing scene.
While investigating a mysterious death, San Francisco cop Nick Curran finds himself in a deadly triangle with three beautiful but dangerous women. One of these women, Catherine Trammel, a murder mystery writer who seduces prototypes for her characters, is high on the list of suspects--and her next story is about a cop who falls for the wrong woman.