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Basic Instinct

127 min | USA:128 min (unrated version)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
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Paul Verhoeven
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 16 nominations
Country: France
Release Date: 1992-03-20
Filming Locations: 1158 Montgomery Street, Telegraph Hill, San Francisco, California, USA
Budget: $49,000,000
Opening Weekend: $15,129,385 (USA) (22 March 1992)
Gross: $117,727,000 (USA)£15,480,000 (UK)
Leilani Sarelle
Leilani Sarelle
Basic Instinct
Michael Douglas
Detective Nick Curran
Sharon Stone
Catherine Tramell
George Dzundza
Jeanne Tripplehorn
Dr. Beth Garner
Denis Arndt
Lieutenant Walker
Bruce A. Young
Chelcie Ross
Captain Talcott
Dorothy Malone
Hazel Dobkins
Wayne Knight
John Correli
Daniel von Bargen
Lieutenant Nilsen
Stephen Tobolowsky
Dr. Lamott
Benjamin Mouton
Jack McGee
Bill Cable
Johnny Boz
Stephen Rowe
Internal Affairs Investigator
Mitch Pileggi
Internal Affairs Investigator
Mary Pat Gleason
Juvenile Officer
Freda Foh Shen
Berkeley Registrar
William Duff-Griffin
Dr. Myron
James Rebhorn
Dr. McElwaine
David Wells
Polygraph Examiner
Bradford English
Campus Policeman
Mary Ann Rodgers
Adilah Barnes
Irene Olga López
Maid (as Irene Olga Lopez)
Juanita Jennings
Craig C. Lewis
Bartender - Police Bar
Michael David Lally
Peter Appel
Michael Halton
Bartender - Country Western Bar
Keith McDaniel
Featured Dancer (as Keith A. McDaniel)
Eric Poppick
Coroner's Guy
Ron Cacas
Kayla Blake
Roxy's Friend (as Elsie Sniffen)
Ken Liebenson
Doo Wah Riders
Lindy Rasmusson
Doo Wah Riders
Byron Berline
Doo Wah Riders
Eddie Dunbar
Doo Wah Riders
Tod McKibbin
Doo Wah Riders
Julie Bond
Hand Puppet Model
Jeanne Basone
Doreen Foo Croft
Marla Gibbs
Florence Johnston in The Jeffersons (archive footage) (uncredited)
Sherman Hemsley
George Jefferson in The Jeffersons (archive footage) (uncredited)
Patricia Anne Isgate-Hayward
Classmate (uncredited)
Dave LaBrucherie
Driver (uncredited)
Anne Lockhart
Disco Patron (uncredited)
Andy Rolfes
Police Officer (uncredited)
Bob Sallese
Internal Affairs Detective (uncredited)
Theodore Carl Soderberg
Disco bartender (uncredited)
Did you know?
There was some question as to whether Catherine Trammell should kill women as well as men, but director Paul Verhoeven decided that she should only kill men.
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Milos Forman was the first choice of Joe Eszterhas and original producer Irwin Winkler to direct. He read the script while on vacation and agreed to make the movie, but it turned out that Paul Verhoeven had already been hired by then.
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The character Nick was originally supposed to be a young man, but after Michael Douglas was cast his age was described in the script as 42 (Douglas was actually almost 47).
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Cap on tabasco sauce bottle while Nick and Gus are in diner.
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Camera and crew reflected in Nick's sunglasses when outside Hazel Dobkins' house.
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The blonde woman murderer in the opening scene has a clearly visible scar on her left shoulder. Later in the film, the same scar can be seen on Catherine Tramell's left shoulder. This gives away the whole story, since the point of the film is to figure out who the killer is.
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Gus: Everyone that she plays with dies.
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Nick: Let me ask you something, Rocky, man to man. I think she's the fuck of the century, what do you think?
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Nick: So where is this going?
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A Note Regarding Spoilers
The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.
Any recommendations for movies similar to 'Basic Instinct'?
Basic Instinct is most often compared to Body Heat, a 1981 movie in which a sexy woman targets a lawyer with a shady past to play a role in her nefarious plan to murder her rich husband but then falls in love with him.
How does the movie end?
After investigating Beth's apartment, Nick returns to his apartment to find Catherine waiting for him. In a distraught manner, Catherine begins to babble about how she can't allow herself to care about anyone and how she doesn't want to do 'this' and lose Nick. They end up making love, Catherine collapsing into Nick's arms afterwards. Catherine asks Nick what they do now, and he replies: 'Fuck like minks, raise rugrats, and live happily ever after.' As Catherine's hand slowly slides down the side of the bed, she admits that she hates 'rug rats', so Nick says, 'Forget the rug rats.' She slowly, almost menacingly, turns toward him, then suddenly grabs him with both arms and kisses him torridly. As they kiss, the camera pans down the side of the bed, revealing an icepick lying on the floor.
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Photos from cast
Leilani Sarelle