Showgirls 1995
Title: Showgirls
Release year: 1995
Genre: Drama

Nomi, a young carefree drifter, arrives in Las Vegas, Nevada to become a dancer and soon sets about clawing her way to the top of the Vegas showgirls.

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Rated 3 out of 5
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Rated 3 out of 5

“Showgirls” is a 1995 American erotic drama film directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Joe Eszterhas. Starring Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan, and Gina Gershon, the film tells the story of Nomi Malone, a young drifter who arrives in Las Vegas with dreams of becoming a famous showgirl.

Upon its release, “Showgirls” received a predominantly negative reception from critics and was a box office disappointment. However, over the years, the film has gained a cult following and has been reevaluated by some as a campy and outrageous piece of entertainment. Here’s a review of “Showgirls”:

“Showgirls” is a highly controversial and polarizing film that explores the dark underbelly of the Las Vegas entertainment industry. The movie offers a gritty and often exaggerated portrayal of the world of showgirls, filled with intense competition, exploitation, and the pursuit of fame.

Elizabeth Berkley delivers a committed and energetic performance as Nomi Malone, the ambitious young woman with a troubled past. While her performance has been criticized for its exaggerated nature, it fits well within the overall tone of the film. Berkley’s dance sequences are impressive, showcasing her dedication and athleticism.

Director Paul Verhoeven infuses the film with his trademark style, combining explicit sexual content with provocative themes. The movie doesn’t shy away from portraying explicit nudity and sexual situations, which generated significant controversy upon release. However, it can be argued that these elements were intentionally incorporated to expose the exploitation that often occurs in the world of entertainment.

The screenplay by Joe Eszterhas is filled with melodrama and over-the-top dialogue, which some may find amusing in a campy way. The film’s dialogue and character motivations often feel exaggerated and disconnected from reality, which adds to its cult appeal.

Visually, “Showgirls” captures the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas, with lavish costumes and extravagant sets. The dance sequences are vibrant and energetic, showcasing the talent and skill of the performers.

While “Showgirls” has its flaws, including uneven pacing and an excessive focus on shock value, it remains a unique and audacious film that pushes boundaries. It offers a satirical critique of the entertainment industry and explores themes of ambition, power dynamics, and self-destruction.

In conclusion, “Showgirls” is a film that has divided audiences and critics alike. It can be appreciated for its campy and outrageous nature, as well as its exploration of the darker side of show business. Whether you love it or hate it, “Showgirls” is an unforgettable cinematic experience that continues to fascinate and provoke discussion.

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Director: Paul Verhoeven
Actor: Al Ruscio,Alan Rachins,Alexander Folk,Alexander Zale,Amber Herrel,Andrea Moen,Andreanna Veith,Anne Gaybis,Anthony Backman,Ashley Nation,Bethany Chesser,Bob Dunn,Bobbie Phillips,Bruce Pobanz,Bryan Anthony,Buggsy Pearce,Caitlin McLean,Caroline Key Johnson,Carrie Ann Inaba,Chris Tedesco,Christina Robinette,Christopher D. Childers,Christy Oldenkamp,Cory Melander,Danielle Burgio,Danté McCarthy,David Garry,Debbie Ables,Deena Grassia,Dewey Weber,Elizabeth Berkley,Elizabeth Kennedy,Eric L. Ellis,Eric Ritter,Fernando Celis,Gary Devaney,Gene Ellison-Jones,Geoff Callan,Gina Gershon,Gina Ravera,Glenn Plummer,Gorja Max,Greg Travis,Irene Olga López,Jack McGee,Jacob Witkin,Jamy Woodbury,Jana Walker,Jason Yribar,Jean Barrett,Jim Ishida,Jim Wise,Joan Foley,JoAnn Bush,Joe Everett Michaels,John Jacquet Jr.,Judette Warren,Julie Pop,Justin Armao,Katherine Manning,Kathleen McTeague,Kelly St. Romaine,Ken Enomoto,Kevin Alexander Stea,Kim Wolfe,Kristen Knittle,Kyle MacLachlan,Lance Davis,Larry Washington,Laurie Kanyok,Laurie Sposit,Lenny Wilson,Lin Tucci,Lindsley Allen,Lisa Boyle,Lisa Ratzin,Lisa Robinson,Lonetta Pugh,Madison Clark,María Díaz,Matt Battaglia,Matty J Murillo,Melanie Jeffcoat,Melinda Songer Soderling,Melissa Williams,Michael Cooke,Michael Satterfield,Michael Shure,Michael Washington,Michelle Elkin,Michelle Johnston,Michelle Zeitlin,Micki Duran,Mike Anderson,Nancy O'Meara,Neisha Folkes-LeMelle,Pamela Anderson,Patrick Bristow,Patrick Seymour,Paul Bates,Rena Riffel,Richard Atchley,Richard Roraback,Rick Marotta,Robb Vallier,Robert Davi,Rodney Ueno,Sage Peart,Salvatore Vassallo,Sandra Plazinic,Sean Breen,Sebastian La Cause,Stephen Austin-Skordiles,Suzi McDonald,Teo Smoot,Terry Beeman,Timothy Scott Ralston,Tonya Tovias,Trevor Coppola,Tyce Diorio,Tyler Keegan,Ungela Brockman,Warren Reno,William Shockley,Y. Hero Abe