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Original title
Basic Instinct
Running time
125 min.
United States United States
Thriller. Mystery | Erotic. Crime. Psychological Thriller. Cult Movie
The take-no-prisoners sex thriller from 1992 now stands as a milestone in the career of screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, but in the hands of director Paul Verhoeven Basic Instinct is an undeniably stylish and provocative study of obsession. In the role that made her a star (and showed the audience a little more skin than she intended), Sharon Stone plays the cleverly manipulative novelist Catherine Tramell who snares San Francisco detective Nick Curran (Michael Douglas) with her insatiable sexual appetite during the investigation of her boyfriend's murder. Tramell is the prime suspect, but the plot twists and turns until Curran is trapped in a dangerous cycle of dead ends and unsolved murders, never sure if Tramell is committing the crimes or if it is some other, unknown suspect. With a plot that keeps viewers guessing, Basic Instinct is the work of a director who is clearly in his element.
1992: Oscar: 2 Nominations for Best Editing, Original Soundtrack
1992: Golden Globe: 2 Nominations for Best OST, Actress Drama (Stone)
1992: Cannes Film Festival: Nominated for Palme d´Or (Golden Palm), Best OST
1992: Razzie Awards: 3 Nominations for Worst Actor, Supp. Actress and New Star
1992: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Nominted for Best Actress (Sharon Stone)
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