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- Rated: NC-17
- Run Time: 2 hours, 11 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: July 17, 2007
- Originally Released: 1995
- Label: MGM
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Elizabeth Berkley, Gina Gershon & Kyle MacLachlan|
|Performer:||Robert Davi, Glenn Plummer, Alan Rachins, Gina Ravera, Rena Riffel, Michelle Johnston, Greg Travis & William Shockley|
|Directed by||Paul Verhoeven|
|Edited by||Mark Goldblatt & Mark Helfrich|
|Screenwriting by||Joe Eszterhas|
|Composition by||David A. Stewart|
|Produced by||Alan Marshall, Mario Kassar & Charles Evans|
|Director of Photography:||Jost Vacano|
The thin, terrible people of 'Showgirls' are equally loathsome; you don't have a rooting interest in Nomi or her "dream," and as a result, 'Showgirls' is 131 minutes of watching trashy, vapid people being terrible to each other. Full Review
Rating: 1.5/5 -- Showgirls is a positively detumescent experience. Full Review
A film so exquisitely made can't possibly be this incompetent, or can it? Full Review
What Verhoeven and Eszterhas are doing here is painting a sperm and blood-stained black velvet painting of a festering sore of a world; an empty, black hole that sucks in delusional, naive, men and women, turning them into meat-puppet mulch... Full Review
Alexander On Film
The script -- a generic blend mixing the soap of All About Eve with the suds of Valley of the Dolls -- is replete with the clunkiest dialogue this side of Peyton Place. Full Review
Globe and Mail
Berkley is good. Besides her dancing sizzle, she does what she can with the mechanically viperous character she was given to play. Full Review
The New Republic
Berkley's acting début is a joy, if you can call it acting: she jumps up and down a lot to indicate excitement. Full Review
Description by OLDIES.com:
High-strung, statuesque Nomi Mallone (Elizabeth Berkely) is determined to be a dancer in Las Vegas, whatever it takes--but she starts out as a stripper. Through her seamstress roommate (Gina Ravera), Nomi catches the attention of the voracious bisexual Cristal (Gina Gershon), star of an extravagant pagan sex show called "Goddess" which plays nightly at the swanky Stardust Casino. Through Cristal's influence, Nomi gets a chance to audition for "Goddess" and is soon involved in all sorts of sordid backstage goings-on, including bitchy dueling with Cristal over Stardust head honcho Zack (Kyle McLachlan). Maligned by many critics upon its original release, SHOWGIRLS has since become a true camp classic, revived for midnight showings and beloved for its decadence, high nudity yield, and outrageously catty dialogue (courtesy of screenwriter Joe Eszterhas). Its director is Paul Verhoeven (ROBOCOP, TOTAL RECALL), so one can safely assume SHOWGIRLS' over-the-top hostility and sexuality is meant to be a satire of American culture. One of the first big-budget Hollywood movies to be released with an NC-17 rating, its lack of box office success meant few others would have the guts to follow.
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