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Joe Eszterhas



Hungarian-born Joe Eszterhas began his journalistic career as a reporter for Rolling Stone. In 1974, Eszterhas authored the popular, award-winning novel Charlie Simpson's Apocalypse. The book was optioned by Hollywood, and though it has not as yet been filmed, it served as the key for Eszterhas' entree into scriptwriting. He is best known for his vicious, sexy, highly literate crime and mystery scripts: Jagged Edge (1985), Betrayed (1988), and the Sharon Stone starmaker Basic Instinct (1989). At one point Eszterhas was the highest-paid writer in Hollywood, receiving $3 million up-front money for Basic Instinct alone. Never one to shirk from a fracas, Eszterhas has fought publicly with producers, directors, powerful agents and even crime bosses (especially after accepting the responsibility of penning the John Gotti biopic). Given his reputation for censor-baiting, it is surprising to learn that one of Eszterhas' biggest battles was aimed at convincing director Paul Verhoeven to tone down the sex-and-violence excesses that Verhoeven had added to Basic Instinct. Nonetheless, it was Eszterhas who in 1995 issued a sarcastic response to Senator Bob Dole's call for Hollywood to clean up its act; kidding on the square, Eszterhas argued that some of the political misdeeds of the Nixon, Reagan and Bush administrations were far more "obscene" than anything found in an R-rated movie.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
89% The First Film
  • Actor
2016
92% Children of Glory
  • Screenwriter
2006
7% Basic Instinct 2
  • Producer
2006
8% An Alan Smithee Film: Burn, Hollywood, Burn
  • Himself
  • Screenwriter
1998
28% One Night Stand
  • Screenwriter
1997
63% Telling Lies in America
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1997
14% Jade
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1995
19% Showgirls
  • Screenwriter
1995
12% Sliver
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
1993
25% Nowhere to Run
  • Screenwriter
1993
54% Basic Instinct
  • Screenwriter
1992
20% Checking Out
  • Screenwriter
1989
75% Music Box
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
1989
45% Betrayed
  • Screenwriter
1988
No Score Yet Big Shots
  • Screenwriter
1987
40% Hearts of Fire
  • Screenwriter
1987
82% Jagged Edge
  • Screenwriter
1985
33% Flashdance
  • Screenwriter
1983
80% F.I.S.T.
  • Screenwriter
1978

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