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Seduction, passion and power struggles unfold when the creators of Basic Instinct, director Paul Verhoeven (Starship Troopers) and screenwriter Joe Eszterhas (Original Sin) blow the lid off the seemingly glamorous world of Las Vegas showdancing to create one of the most controversialand shockingfilms of all time. Nomi Malone (Elizabeth Berkley) has what it takes to make it as a Las Vegas showgirlwhat she doesn't have is a way in. To survive, she accepts the only job available: lap dancing at a seedy club. And when she meets Cristal (Gina Gershon), Vegas'reigning showgirl, Nomi wants everything she hasincluding her boyfriend (Kyle MacLachlan). And as Nomi dives deeper into the world she so desperately desires, a rivalry between the two women heatsup. The battle for the spotlight becomes so fiercely competitive that it drives Nomi to desperate lengthsand devious heightsfor fame in Sin City.
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To heck with "good movies." To heck with good story. To heck with good acting, yet think Berkley, Gershon, Plummer, and MacLachlan act well enough given the script.
...Appraise this movie according to viewing naked, beautiful, dancing women all who dance well.
Movie demonstrates good choreography and clearly shows semblance of truth about the women who do it for a living, in regard of the movie, represented by two particular characters played by Berkley and Gershon.
Movie shows how it is behind the stage during a performance in Los Vegas.
Dances have been choreographed well.
Even the lap-dance done by the character Berkley plays is performed well.
...Married a dancer, marriage now over. Have a daughter who dances. Over the course of many years have seen a lot of dancing resulting with some sense as to how difficult and rigorous dancing is at the level Show Girls portrays.
Berkley has a lovely body. ...Surprised it is her, same woman, viewed on Saved by the Bell. a kids show watched with my kids, Saturdays when family was young.
Only thing. Berkley's character seems to eat food most dancers would normally avoid eating as often as her character does. Perhaps her unusal eating habits tells something of her character.
I think I know the secret to the cult status of Showgirls... Everyone involved in the movie really is convinced they're doing one of the greatest movies ever. They believe in their bold decisions are the embodiment of tenaciousness. This is where the humor lies... They are also working on one of the trashiest, possibly worst scripts EVER.
But their convictions are intoxicating!
The sets are professional, the costumes are well done, the light is exceptional, and the camera direction and movement is effortless.
Essentially, there are so many qualities that ensure this movie could be a superior film, if it weren't for the bombastic scenerios of these Vegas showgirls and the lude and crude svengalis that control them.
But it's a treasure... Lol...
The dvd bonus commentary is like watching a whole other film.
Bless Elisabeth Berkley and Gina Gershon for giving us two of the most brilliant performances in this iconic opus. Showgirls will forever live on in infamy and cult film status!
DO NOT buy the "Fully Exposed Edition" DVD; do buy the "15th Anniversary Sensational Edition" DVD & BD combo.
I purchased the DVD release of Showgirls: Fully Exposed Edition three times from two different sources and each disc was defective. The movie would 'pixelize' and skip and pause, and sometimes stop playing completely and the result was the same on two different Blu-Ray players.
I am very pleased to say that both the DVD and the BD (Blu-Ray Disc) In the 15th Anniversary Sensational Edition play with no problem. The acting, directing, and story are as bad as the critical reviews suggest but the dancers are entertaining.
I have upgraded my rating from 1 star to 3 stars.
The main character (played by Berkeley) is not the most likeable character in Hollywood history. However, she does have just enough attributes to make us care about her. The movie is a story about the ruthless, dog-eat-dog of professional dancers in Vegas. Right now I can't think of a more on-the-edge profession!
The biggest selling point of the movie is its unabashed approach to nudity. It has plenty of opportunities for nudity on-screen AND it takes them. In fact, I believe this movie has more T & A per minute than any other movie I've ever seen. Berkeley is topless through most of the movie. She's also a great dancer with a natural dancer's body. Gina Gershon is way sexy as well, although I didn't care for her fake Texas accent.
IF you want to see a movie about strippers / dancers, you can't do better than this one. This movie has often been compared to Demi Moore's STRIPTEASE. To me, there is no comparison. I found STRIPTEASE to be bland, boring & not a whole lot of nudity. This flick is entertaining and will not shortchange you on the amount of skin it offers.