Basic Instinct

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A police detective is in charge of the investigation of a brutal murder, in which a beautiful and seductive woman could be involved.

  1. Joe Eszterhas


  2. Paul Verhoeven


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  1. Michael Douglas

    Michael Douglas

    Det. Nick Curran

  2. Sharon Stone

    Sharon Stone

    Catherine Tramell

  3. George Dzundza

    George Dzundza

    Gus Moran

  4. Jeanne Tripplehorn

    Jeanne Tripplehorn

    Dr. Beth Garner

  5. Denis Arndt

    Denis Arndt

    Lt. Philip Walker

  6. Leilani Sarelle

    Leilani Sarelle


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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 7m

Budget $49,000,000.00

Revenue $352,927,224.00


Release Information

  • March 20, 1992
    R, Theatrical
  • September 3, 1997
    R, Physical
  • May 29, 2007
    NR, Physical



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A review by talisencrw

By talisencrw

Controversy aside, in regards both to Sharon Stone's quintessentially-provocative noirish femme fatale (talk about a queen bee or alpha female!) and the backlash that the film portrayed lesbians as crazed psychos, Verhoeven both played a striking tribute to Sir Alfred Hitchcock, particularly San Francisco's based Vertigo and in use of the blonde bombshell, and simply continued his style of storytelling that had become his trademark in his pre-Hollywood, formative days in the Netherlands. Though it's not mentioned in the interviews of either star or director, the wonderful car chase brought to m... read the rest.

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