Showgirls (1995)

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Movie Info

This film tells the story of Nomi Malone's ruthless struggle to become one of the top dancers in Vegas. Nomi desperately wants to star in the "Goddess" show at the Stardust, but instead, she ends up working at a strip club. However, she persists and eventually gets her break.

Rating: NC-17
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Joe Eszterhas
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 25, 2000
Runtime:
MGM Home Entertainment

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Cast


as Cristal

as Molly

as Henrietta

as Phil Newkirk

as Mr. Karlman

as Marty Jacobsen

as Andrew Carver

as Gay Carpenter

as Penny

as Bell Captain

as Jack the Stagehand

as Mr. Okida

as Jail Matron

as Sonny

as Booking Sergeant

as Andrew Carver's Body...

as Andrew Carver's Body...

as Versace Salesperson

as Personnel Woman

as Classes Dancer

as Nurse

as Jazz Combo

as Jazz Combo

as Caesar

as Secretary

as Receptionist

as Cheetah Loudmouth

as Cheetah Drunk

as Cheetah Drunk

as Long-Haired Drunk

as Cheetah Bouncer

as Casino Lecher

as Change Girl

as Texan at Spago

as Texan at Spago

as Chimp Trainer

as Julie's Daughter

as Jule's Son

as Reporter

as Photographer

as Crave Club Bouncer

as Cheetah Customer

as Cheetah Customer

as Cheetah Customer

as Al Torres' Girl

as Al Torres' Girl

as Paramedic

as Cheetah Bouncer

as Crave Club Heckler

as Spelling Dancer

as Baby Fat Dancer

as Yoga Dancer

as Classes Dancer

as Finalist Dancer

as Melon Dancer

as Ear and Nose Dancer

as Goddess Dancer

as Goddess Dancer

as Goddess Dancer

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as Goddess Dancer

as Goddess Dancer

as Goddess Dancer

as Goddess Dancer

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as Goddess Dancer

as Goddess Dancer

as Goddess Dancer

as Audition Dancer

as Other Audition Dance...

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Critic Reviews for Showgirls

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (17)

Showgirls... is one of those delirious, hilarious botches that could be taught in film schools as a How Not To.

Full Review… | June 12, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

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… | June 12, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

One thing I'll say for Showgirls, it's educational. But sadly, it isn't much else.

Full Review… | June 12, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A film of thunderous oafishness that gives adult subject matter the kind of bad name it does not need or deserve.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

One of the worst films of the year.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
ReelViews
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Showgirls

"So-bad-it's-good" originated with this cult classic and camp satire, and spawned a generation that was okay with having guilty pleasures. Director Paul Verhoeven, the mastermind behind so many great, giant camp films, made a large scale, NC-17, satire on the world of the Las Vegas showgirl, but of course it wasn't meant to be funny. It wasn't meant to have critics reevaluate it years later as possibly one of the greatest films to look at the seedy underbelly of the Las Vegas scene, and the dog eat dog attitudes of those involved in it. Of course, if Verhoeven and screenwriter Joe Ezterhaus were trying to relate to their audience the empirical evilness of "Showgirls" they lost right away with the casting of Elizabeth Berkley. Most famous for the clean cut character Jessie on "Saved by the Bell," Berkley tried to shed that tired old exterior, and in the process also shed her clothes many, many times for this film. The nudity is not what anyone would find repulsive about this film, and may even be a boon for its exploitative content. What becomes annoying pretty fast is Berkley's character, Nomi, who works as a stripper at a club in Vegas, dreaming about dancing in a show. She is temperamental, loud, obnoxious, repellant, and socially awkward in every sense of the word. Berkley's performance is angry at every juncture, and there isn't a moment when you don't wish pain upon her. Critics have reformed their opinions as of late and suggest that this film is about being taken advantage of and though the outlying and supporting characters are despicable, Nomi doesn't seem sympathetic in comparison. Yes, the manager of the club is insidious, the lead is a bitch, the backers are vicious, and the competition is brutal, but Nomi is a self-centered egotist who makes her way to the top with back stabbing and violence. Every word out of her mouth sounds whiney and pathetic, and her performance never gets reared in by Verhoeven, only gone wild time and again. As an exploitation film (suggested by Tarantino) it works perfectly, blending together sex, destruction, and revenge, and for most of the film you can forgive the blatant sensationalism. It was near the end, in one of the most violent and irresponsible scenes ever, that all respect gets lost for the director's vision. It works as the climax for the film, and it's so horrible and hateful that it burns a knot in your gut at the very mention of it onscreen. That's beyond exploitation and it truly dilutes how entertaining this film can be. Nothing gets resolved in the end, and the character doesn't do anything except mouth off for the entire film. It lingers on the edge of accomplishing something, but now remains one of the worst disasters in film history, and hopefully it will remain reviled for the rest of time.

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Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Wow, this film was bad. Showgirls is one of the worst pieces of trash that I have ever seen in my life. This is the mother of all bad movies. This is the most unintentional hilarious that I've seen. Showgirls is supposed a serious drama, but it couldn't be further from that. This is a film that absolutely deserved all the Razzies it has received. I think it's a shame that Paul Verhoeven directed this, and subsequently butchered his career in the process. He would briefly recapture his creative genius with Starship Troops, but that would be short lived. Anyhow, this is Verhoeven's worst film and suffers from everything that makes a bad movie bad. Very poor script, bad cast that can't act and poor directing comprise this piece of trash. This is the type of film to watch when you have a bad movie night. I've seen my fair share of bad movies, but this one is probably in my top twenty worst films ever made. This is laughable from start to finish. The film might have been good if the script would have been thought out more, and rewritten. As it stands, it really isn't much in substance or story to interest viewers looking for a good, engaging plot. The film is over the top, ridiculous and stupid. Don't expect anything with this one aside from a few good laughs at how bad the whole film is. I mean they failed in creating something serious and made it funny, how do you do that? Watch only if you're having a bad movie, then this one is for you. Paul Verhoeven has made the worst film of his career, and it is a misfire of epic proportions.

TheDudeLebowski65
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

½

Boobs! That's about it.....crappy movie and horrible acting. The boobs got all 2 and a half stars. No boobs.......no stars.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

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