Overall Rank: 4429
Average Rating: 2.6/4
# of Ratings: 190
Theatrical Release Date: 03/20/1992
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Actors: Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Denis Arndt, Jeanne Tripplehorn, George Dzundza, Kayla Blake
Plot: A police detective is seduced by a possible murder suspect when she convinces him she is innocent all the while playing mind games and writing a book about him. Passion stirs in this erotic thriller.
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Matthew Brady - wrote on 09/10/2014
The great Paul Verhoeeven who brought us RoboCop, Total Recall, Starships troopers and we got this garage.
Yojimbo - wrote on 09/26/2012
More tacky voyeurism from Paul Verhoeven and once again I found myself unable to tell if he's actually being serious or not. It's a run of the mill, rather predictable thriller only remarkable for the amount of flesh on show.
Snoogans - wrote on 12/04/2011
A suspense thriller with high ambitions. It only manages to show glimpses of what could've been great. An overly sexual endeavor that comes off sleazy, at times. Though, this aspect is entertaining, it still becomes overload. There exists little thrill in the story, because the turns never threw me off of my original assumption of the 'who-done-it' right from the very beginning. Good acting and directing managed to keep me slightly interested for the whole running time. But it turned out to be a mildly aggravating experience by the end.
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MovieAddict - wrote on 07/18/2013
"What are you guys going to do? Charge me with smoking?"
Sharon Stone is cast as the sexy and risk addicted Catherine Tramell, who ends up seducing Michael Douglas' character Det. Nick Curran, a very screwed up cop who is investing the manipulative mind-game playing bisexual novelist, the prime suspect in the investigation of the vicious death via ice pick of a former rock star/ ex boyfriend Johnny Boz.
Tramell complicates things further when she reveals that her next book is about a detective who falls for the wrong girl! And her other books about murder and sex have a really strange way of coming true. Against his better judgment Nick begins a hot, heated, passionate sexual affair with Catherine and all around him bodies start dropping like flies but contradicting evidences …
Andrew - wrote on 05/13/2012
Basic Instinct is an effective film that includes high amounts of Director Paul Verhoeven's trademark graphic sex and violence. This film is a true erotic thriller containing the infamous scene where Sharon Stone shows her vulva.
This film seems at first to be a classic mystery story. Hard edged cop Nick Curran (Michael Douglas) is on the trail of a woman who murders a famous rock star. Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone) is his suspect, but as the story continues he isn't too convinced that she did the killing as he begins a sexual affair with her.
All nudity aside, this is Stone's film. She takes the classic femme fatale archetype and makes it her own, portraying Catherine Tramell as a genius author who enjoys mind games and lots of sex. Her chemistry with Michael Douglas is …
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