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Vile, contemptible, garish, and misogynistic -- and that might just be exactly Showgirls' point.



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Nomi, an attractive drifter, arrives in Las Vegas with plans to become a dancer. Soon she gets a job stripping at one of the lesser joints on the strip, but eventually catches the eye of talent scouts who hire the performers for a big revue at a casino. She works her way into the cast, and eventually sets her sights on taking the starring role.

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Gina Gershon
as Cristal
Lin Tucci
as Henrietta
Greg Travis
as Phil Newkirk
Al Ruscio
as Mr. Karlman
Patrick Bristow
as Marty Jacobsen
William Shockley
as Andrew Carver
Michelle Johnston
as Gay Carpenter
Lance Davis
as Bell Captain
Jack McGee
as Jack the Stagehand
Jim Ishida
as Mr. Okida
Joan Foley
as Jail Matron
Alexander Folk
as Booking Sergeant
Matt Battaglia
as Andrew Carver's Bodyguard
as Andrew Carver's Bodyguard
Elaine Van Betten
as Versace Salesperson
Irene Olga Lopez
as Personnel Woman
Julie Pop
as Nurse
Jana Walker
as Secretary
Christina Robinette
as Receptionist
Jim Wise
as Cheetah Loudmouth
Michael Shure
as Cheetah Drunk
Geoff Calla
as Cheetah Drunk
Rick Marotta
as Long-Haired Drunk
Paul Bates
as Cheetah Bouncer
Michael Cooke
as Casino Lecher
Jean Barrett
as Change Girl
Gary Devaney
as Texan at Spago
Gene Ellison Jones
as Texan at Spago
Robert Dunn
as Chimp Trainer
Ashley Nation
as Julie's Daughter
Cory Melander
as Jule's Son
Sean Breen
as Reporter
Elizabeth Kennedy
as Photographer
Warren Reno
as Crave Club Bouncer
Ken Enomoto
as Cheetah Customer
Y. Hero Abe
as Cheetah Customer
Odney Ueno
as Cheetah Customer
Kathleen McTeague
as Al Torres' Girl
Kristen Knittl
as Al Torres' Girl
Sage Peart
as Paramedic
Gregory R. Goliath
as Cheetah Bouncer
Michael Washington
as Crave Club Heckler
Judette Warren
as Spelling Dancer
Lonetta Pugh
as Baby Fat Dancer
Maria Diaz
as Yoga Dancer
Madison Clark
as Classes Dancer
Bethany Chesser
as Finalist Dancer
Kelly St. Romaine
as Melon Dancer
Danielle Burgio
as Ear and Nose Dancer
Debbie Ables
as Goddess Dancer
Lindsley Allen
as Goddess Dancer
Carrie Ann Inaba
as Goddess Dancer
Deena Grassia
as Goddess Dancer
Laurie Kanyok
as Goddess Dancer
Caitlin McLean
as Goddess Dancer
Suzi McDonald
as Goddess Dancer
Lisa Ratzin
as Goddess Dancer
Kim Wolfe
as Goddess Dancer
Bryan Anthony
as Goddess Dancer
Keith Diorio
as Goddess Dancer
Eric L. Ellis
as Goddess Dancer
John Jacquet
as Goddess Dancer
Sal Vassallo
as Goddess Dancer
Jamy Woodbury
as Goddess Dancer
Jason Yribar
as Goddess Dancer
Micki Duran
as Audition Dancer
Michelle Elkin
as Other Audition Dancer
Neisha Folkes-LeMelle
as Other Audition Dancer
Andrea Moen
as Other Audition Dancer
Nancy O'Meara
as Other Audition Dancer
Sandra Plazinic
as Other Audition Dancer
Laurie Sposit
as Other Audition Dancer
Tonya Tovias
as Other Audition Dancer
Michelle Zeitlan
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Critic Reviews for Showgirls

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (15)

  • Is it sexy? Not when you're laughing.

    Mar 28, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Showgirls... is one of those delirious, hilarious botches that could be taught in film schools as a How Not To.

    Jun 12, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Berkley's acting début is a joy, if you can call it acting: she jumps up and down a lot to indicate excitement.

    Jun 12, 2013 | Full Review…
  • One thing I'll say for Showgirls, it's educational. But sadly, it isn't much else.

    Jun 12, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Berkley is good. Besides her dancing sizzle, she does what she can with the mechanically viperous character she was given to play.

    May 27, 2009 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 12, 2002 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Showgirls

Never actually saw this one before. Have to admit, kind of liked it. At first the hammy acting (intentional apparently) was a bit off putting, but as the movie went on, grew to like it and see it as the cautionary tale it was. Very over the top look at what girls running away and hoping to cash in on dancing\stripping can expect to face and how there is always someone just like them trying to steal the "fame". It's done in a very exaggerated way which people will either love or hate.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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If Verhoeven's intention was to make a satire of Las Vegas as a place of exploitation and hypocrisy then his film is brilliant, but it does feel like he is trying to make something serious, which makes its hilarious campy vibe come off as trashy and completely unintentional.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

"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.

Spencer S.
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.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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