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Story

The take-no-prisoners sex thriller from 1992 now stands as a milestone in the career of screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, but in the hands of director Paul Verhoeven Basic Instinct is an undeniably stylish and provocative study of obsession. In the role that made her a star (and showed the audience a little more skin than she intended), Sharon Stone plays the cleverly manipulative novelist Catherine Tramell who snares San Francisco detective Nick Curran (Michael Douglas) with her insatiable sexual appetite during the investigation of her boyfriend's murder. Tramell is the prime suspect, but the plot twists and turns until Curran is trapped in a dangerous cycle of dead ends and unsolved murders, never sure if Tramell is committing the crimes or if it is some other, unknown suspect. With a plot that keeps viewers guessing, Basic Instinct is the work of a director who is clearly in his element. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Audio Commentary by Director Paul Verhoeven and Cinematographer Jan DeBont
  • Audio Commentary by Feminist Critic Camille Paglia
  • 24-minute Featurette "Blonde Poison"
  • Montage "Cleaning Up Basic Instinct"
  • 3 Storyboard-to-Film Comparisons
  • Photo Gallery
  • hidden Screen Tests
  • 2 Trailers

Cast

Michael DouglasDetective Nick Curran
Sharon StoneCatherine Tramell
George DzundzaGus
Jeanne TripplehornDr. Beth Garner
Denis ArndtLieutenant Walker
Leilani SarelleRoxy
Bruce A. YoungAndrews
Chelcie RossCaptain Talcott
Dorothy MaloneHazel Dobkins
Wayne KnightJohn Correli
Daniel von BargenLieutenant Nilsen
Stephen TobolowskyDr. Lamott
Benjamin MoutonHarrigan
James RebhornDr. McElwaine

  • Genre: Mystery Movies
  • Director: Paul Verhoeven
  • Producer: Artisan
  • Length: 127 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaMar 20, 1992
    EuropeMay 8, 1992
    AustraliaMay 14, 1992
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 20, 2001
    EuropeMay 20, 2002
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