Basic Instinct

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Released 1992

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Director:
Paul Verhoeven
Released:
1992
Rating:
R

Basic Instinct stars Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas in a gripping thriller about a police detective who, while investigating a terrible murder, becomes involved in a steamy relationship with one of the suspects. Douglas plays detective Nick Curran, a cop currently engaged in an affair with the police therapist he has to see because of a tourist he shot during a former incident. He's a troubled man under constant scrutiny from Internal Affairs because of his past mistakes. Sharon Stone plays Catherine Tramell, a beautiful, bisexual crime novelist. She was the last person to see the murdered man alive, and the killing is too similar to the killings in her books to ignore. She becomes Nick's prime suspect, and he's intent on putting her away. But his desire for justice begins to be outweighed by his desire for the beautiful Catherine, and his lust puts them both in a dangerous affair. Basic Instinct was a huge success in 1992, capturing audiences with its bloody tale of a man falling for a forbidden temptress.

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  • 90

    Variety

    Grade-A pulp fiction. This erotically charged thriller about the search for an ice-pick murderer in San Francisco rivets attention through its sleek style, attractive cast doing an...

  • 50

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The film is like a crossword puzzle. It keeps your interest until you solve it. Then it's just a worthless scrap with the spaces filled in.

  • 30

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    The $3 million reportedly paid for Mr. Eszterhas's screenplay did not buy a coherent ending.

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