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



Total Count: 54


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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
as Other Audition Dancer
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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

  • Oct 25, 2015
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 12, 2015
    One of the most notorious box office bombs, Showgirls is a satirical exploitation film from Paul Verhoeven. The story follows a drifter named Nomi who hitchhikes to Las Vegas and struggles to become a dancer for a high-profile burlesques show at the prestigious Stardust casino. The plot is ridiculously stupid and poorly written; especially the dialog (which is atrocious). And Elizabeth Berkley's performance is awful; as the she comes off as violently schizophrenic. Additionally, the gratuitous nudity is tasteless and vulgar. An insipid piece of garbage, Showgirl is spectacularly bad.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 21, 2014
    <i>"I like tits and ass. Mostly tits."</i> <b>- Factual philosphical wisdom by the deep Paul Verhoeven</b> All post-Denmark Verhoeven flicks are, by thematic definition, satires. If one doesn't understand that intention, it is hard to grasp the ironic subtext that pervades his graphic Hollywood scandals. <i>Showgirls</i>, in this sense, is a misunderstood "bad" movie, so bad it's underrated. The people's obsession with the <i>All About Eve</i> plot parallelism is hilarious. So here we have Verhoeven, as aggressive as the reputation that precedes him, attempting to propel adult cinema with a big-scale budget, resulting in a rather financial disaster and a simultaneous terrible reception that discouraged similar big-budget productions in the future. Was the outcome really that bad? Not really. After all, in the middle of the 90s, nobody except probably Verhoeven realized that they had a movie of cult proportions in hands. The first barrier that people must take off their minds is that this is intentionally bad. <b>It was never meant to be a serious drama</b>, like several false claims invading Internet are saying. The second barrier that must come off is that it wasn't meant to be an expensive softcore movie, either. The film just takes a (long) glance at the backstage of the adult Las Vegas entertainment scene, with a familiar mechanism of dog-eat-dog culture and a predatory environment, but that's just the cover up. The real issue is Verhoeven's ability to castrate "cinematic quality" standards and challenging them with a substance behind strong enough to be satirical and to be both laughed at and be laughed with. Third, Verhoeven is renowned for pushing all celluloid boundaries possible and confidently displaying them within the widescreen capabilities. One of the intents was to be so over-the-top and shamelessly graphic that it would assure its permanent place in the mind (maybe not only in the mind) of the viewer. Intention accomplished! People are still talking about it, but not in a similar fashion that <i>The Room</i> (2003) receives discussion. No. The film's strength and core is its scandal. In a way, the terribleness of the delivery in the performances, dialogues, script and melodrama mirrors the terribleness of such a morally distorted world like the topless hell of Las Vegas. Indeed, I cannot fully approve a project that also, intentionally, objectifies women for the purpose of entertainment, unless the camp behind is epic enough to justify its cheap, cult and trashy mega-suckness, like the tradition of a Jess Franco, a <i>Sex & Fury</i> (1973) or a <i>Women in Cages</i> (1971) would dictate. Either there is some artistry behind, or the aforementioned aspects. Unfortunately, for me, the level of satire does not reach the brilliance of Verhoeven's other projects, so my reasons are merely thematic, and not artistic. It was a project of great potential, even as a strong social critique and punch to the face of mainstream moviewatching standards, but the opening quote of this review is a proof that, at some point, Verhoeven stopped working and his penis decided to direct in his place. Nominated for 16 awesome Razzie Awards, and getting home with 7, Verhoeven walkd out of the ceremony proudly. Just consider something: Paul Verhoeven turned up in person to accept Worst Director and Worst Picture. He was the first director to ever turn up to collect the Award. He was literally proud of himself, because such "triumph" was the proof that he had accomplished what he intended. Let's look at some facts and numbers, beautifully retrieved from IMDB: ? As of 2009, Showgirls is the highest grossing NC-17 of all time (U.S. <b>$20,302,961</b>) and the only NC-17 film to ever be given wide distribution in <b>1,388</b> theaters. ? Several high-ranking filmmakers such as <b>Quentin Tarantino</b> have professed their appreciation of the movie. ? Elizabeth Berkley was paid only <b>$100,000</b> for playing the lead in the film. When a special V.I.P. edition boxed set was released, she requested <b>$2,500</b> to be interviewed. LOL. ? Despite its apocalyptic reception at the box office, it enjoyed huge success in home video market in the United States, generating more than <b>$100,000,000</b> from video rentals and became one of MGM's <b>top 20</b> all-time bestsellers. ? The movie has its fans today, and receives cult following even today. ? The only time actresses complained that they felt uncomfortable was during the scenes with the monkeys, who constantly stared at their bare breasts. Sure thing, that was more uncomfortable than anything they did during shooting. Too bad that: a) It didn't fully trigger my cult camp interests! b) Its suckness was too much to handle, given the lack of a)! c) Charlize Theron auditioned for the role of Nomi Malone!! d) Pamela Anderson was a front-runner for the role of Nomi Malone!! e) Angelina Jolie auditioned for the role of Cristal Connors!! f) Gina Gershon declined to recreate the Sharon Stone leg crossing scene from <i>Basic Instinct</i> (1992)! Damn it, Verhoeven, you bloody idiot! 63/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 08, 2013
    I'm undecided over whether or not the film is actually some brilliant satire (you can make strong arguments either way), but it's undeniably re-watchable and hilarious.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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