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Showgirls (Widescreen)

4.2 out of 5 stars 160 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan, Gina Gershon, Glenn Plummer, Robert Davi
  • Directors: Paul Verhoeven
  • Writers: Joe Eszterhas
  • Producers: Alan Marshall, Ben Myron, Charles Evans, Lynn Ehrensperger, Mario Kassar
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NC-17
  • Studio: MGM Canada
  • Release Date: Jan. 31 2006
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 160 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 0792844882
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,583 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Showgirls

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When Goldie Hawn recommended Elizabeth Berkley for a small role in First Wives Club, she publicly stated that Berkley deserved the opportunity to redeem herself after starring in the ridiculous Showgirls. That says it all: this sleazy, stupid movie, which mixes soft pornography with the clichés of backstage dramas, is the kind of project an aspiring actress would have to put well behind her to keep a career going (though costar Gina Gershon certainly benefited from her, uh, exposure in the film). Berkley plays a drifter who hitches a ride to Las Vegas, becomes a lap dancer and then a performer, and discovers--gasp!--there's a whole world of sex and violence involved with these things. Gershon is probably the best element in the film, playing Berkley's bisexual rival for the big spotlight on stage. Joe Eszterhas was well overpaid for writing this howler, and director Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct) should have known better than to take it seriously. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Showgirls is about a girl who is desperate to make it as a dancer in Vegas, starting in seedy places and meeting a lot of scuzzy people. Then again, she is no class act, herself. The production values are good but I found the dialog and performances tough to endure. Judging it straight up as a feature film, Showgirls is just bad but I think its primary objective is to be provocative in a sleazy manner. Therefore, the biggest fault of Showgirls is that it's not very sexy. There is lots of sex and nudity but much of it seems anti-erotic. Still, I've seen worse films.

Rated NC-17 (USA), banned in a few countries. Special features has director commentary and some extras including a lap dance tutorial.
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Trashy fun. I just love this movie. It's like the ugly musical version of 'All About Eve'. The acting is either truly awful, or just plain over-the-top. But I don't care. Naomi Malone is a sociopathic and ambitious young woman, bent on making her dreams come true. She's selfish, vicious, and angry. Few people lose it over being asked a few personal questions, and after someone has just saved their life.But Nomi manages to be both ungrateful, and irrational to the point it makes your eyes water.

Crystal (played 100% to the max, by Gina Gershon) is raw with so much camp, and absurd a mile a minute one-liners that you can't help but adore her. Gina Gershon, is all pouty trout lips, extreme hip-gyration, and butch lesbian undertones. I love Crystal. She the comedy role for the movie. Everything she says is ridiculous, and everything she does is calculating. But she's always right on the money.

Nomi on the other hand, makes out with a series of losers, treats her only real friend like a dish rag, and then beats up a rapist, and spits in Kyle McLaughlin's face before leaving Las Vegas. the film closes on a marquee of Nomi, aptly air-brushed, and vacant as she was throughout the entire film.

So then, why do I like Showgirls? That's simple. It's vulgar, and trashy. End of story. Some people like action films, some like Oscar films, some like comedies, and some like independent films. Me, well, I too like all of the aforementioned genres. But the day-to-day stress relief films, devoid of substance and deliciously awful on every level, those films I will always champion. Because, as a viewer, and as an advent film watcher, I feel we need the good, as well as the bad. Cinema has many things to offer.
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Mostly just an excuse to see naked women, this movie. Plot is mediocre at best, acting is not great, directing is just awful.

I had never seen it before, but I would only recommend it as a movie to watch only to laugh about. The commentary is pretty funny.
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Okay, I got this just to see Elizabeth Berkley's bits. But you know, I hadn't realized Gina Gershon was here(bonus!), and actually once you vault the laugh out loud pool sex, it's a decent film.
No Oscars here, but this should not have ended Ms. Berkley's career.
Kyle the Goblin survived this film, why not E?
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A deep satire about Hollywood and selling out or one of the best unintentional comedies of all time? You be the judge. I say a little of both. By the end of it, you'll be calling everyone Darlin' and storming out of every conversation you have.
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A behind the scenes look at what these girls will do to get star billing...Movie was better than I expected and the sights weren't to hard to take either...As always with Amazon and their Market Dealers, the price for this product was good as was the quick and courteous service and delivery...Happy with this product...
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Have heard a lot of negative things about this movie, haven't you? I, however, love it, and have been loving it since it was first released in cinema. Don't take it too serious, it's not an art film, it's not a drama, I take it as a silly comedy and I get a kick again and again every time I rewatch simply because it has silly humour, beautiful Vegas showgirl dance as well as exotic strip joint pole dance, gorgeous nude girls... and one thing most people have overlooked, Elizabeth put more than 100% of herself in it.
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I actually purchased the gift box VIP Edition which is the longest version of this movie I know of, at 131 mins. The IMDB website also lists the longest version of this movie at 131 mins. Can anyone who has purchased this Blu-ray edition verify that it is 166 mins long, or is that just an error?

As for the movie, I found it to be an excellent drama about Nomi's tumultuous rise to stardom in the cut-throat world that the movie depicts. Is it a realistic view of that world? I don't know, I'm not part of that world. It's a MOVIE, it's entertaining, and there isn't a dull moment in it. I find it odd and hypocritical that people are bashing this movie left and right, calling it the worst movie ever, yet giving it an average rating of 4 to 5 stars!! Folks, you wouldn't be able to make a movie about this aspect of the Vegas club world without exotic dancing and nudity!! Just because there's nudity and violence in it doesn't automatically make it trash. Enough with the persistent Victorian-age attitude towards nudity in movies!! It's fine to dislike the movie if you don't like this kind of story, but it's a good movie!! And I thought Elizabeth Berkley was excellent in the role that she played. Nuff said.
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