History Film / BasicInstinct

19th Jul '16 9:27:31 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Inverted. Catherine isn't aware of the structure of the film's plot, she [[BatmanGambit molds the rest of the characters to follow the path she herself lays out for them]] for the novel she's writing during the film. Nick, the cop-on-the-edge with the bad past willingly falls for the FemmeFatale female writer Catherine, Roxy is the possessive girlfriend who is subtly manipulated to go on a rampage out of jealousy, [[spoiler:Beth becomes the fall-guy for the real villainess, etc.]] She strings Nick along mostly through entertaining [[WrongGenreSavvy his hopes that he's part of a different story]] and will successfully charm the mysterious woman with his rugged manliness so they can live happily ever after.
12th Jun '16 4:49:01 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* AssholeVictim: Catherine is a monster, yes, but some of her victims are far from innocent. Nick, assuming he becomes a victim, shot two tourists while high on cocaine, he got away with it because Beth is covering for him while he's sleeping with her ([[spoiler: and Beth also may have murdered her husband as well]]), and Roxy killed several young boys [[TheJailBait after seducing them.]]

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* AssholeVictim: Catherine is a monster, yes, but some of her victims are far from innocent. Nick, assuming he becomes a victim, shot two tourists while high on cocaine, he got away with it because Beth is covering for him while he's sleeping with her ([[spoiler: and Beth also may have murdered her husband as well]]), and Roxy killed several young boys [[TheJailBait [[JailBait after seducing them.]]
12th Jun '16 4:47:36 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* AssholeVictim: Catherine is a monster, yes, but some of her victims are far from innocent. Nick, assuming he becomes a victim, shot two tourists while high on cocaine, he got away with it because Beth is covering for him while he's sleeping with her ([[spoiler: and Beth also may have murdered her husband as well]]), and Roxy killed several young boys [[TheJailBait after seducing them.]]



* FreezeFrameBonus: Before the climax of the movie, Nick drops in at Catherine's house and picks up a page of the manuscript of Catherine last book that she's currently printing. He glances at it very briefly, without reading it. If you freeze frame, you can read the page. [[spoiler: It's a perfect description of the killing that is going to happen in the next scene.]]

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Before the climax of the movie, Nick drops in at Catherine's house and picks up a page of the manuscript of Catherine last book that she's currently printing. He glances at it very briefly, without reading it. If you freeze frame, you can read the page. [[spoiler: It's a perfect description of the killing that is going to happen in the next scene.]]



* {{Giallo}}

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* JerkassHasAPoint: Catherine's quite rude when she refuses to go to the police station with the cops, telling them to "get the fuck out of here", but she's right--if she's not under arrest, she doesn't have to, and she's under no obligations to answer questions either way.



* PantyShot: Infamously averted.
* PhallicWeapon: The equally infamous ice pick. The fact that it's used during sex emphasizes this.

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* PantyShot: Infamously averted.
* PhallicWeapon: The equally infamous also-infamous ice pick. The fact that it's used during sex emphasizes this.


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* VillainHasAPoint: Catherine's quite rude when she refuses to go to the police station with the cops, telling them to "get the fuck out of here", but she's right--if she's not under arrest, she doesn't have to, they have no warrant, and she's under no obligations to answer questions either way.
9th Jun '16 7:09:28 PM Dravencour
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The film centres around police detective Nick Curran (Douglas), who is put in charge of the investigation of a brutal murder of a wealthy former rock star. Beautiful, seductive and wealthy writer Catherine Tramell (Stone) could be involved; over the course of the investigation, Detective Curran becomes involved in a torrid and intense relationship with the mysterious woman--who turns out to be very dangerous.

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The film centres around police detective Nick Curran (Douglas), who is put in charge of the investigation of a the brutal murder of a wealthy former rock star. Beautiful, seductive and wealthy writer Catherine Tramell (Stone) could be involved; over the course of the investigation, Detective Curran becomes involved in a torrid and intense relationship with the mysterious woman--who turns out to be very dangerous.
20th May '16 9:09:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* BlondesAreEvil: Catherine is one of the most sinister blondes in all cinema, a hedonistic sociopath who manipulates everyone around her for her own amusement and gratification, while her girlfriend Roxy is easily driven to murderous fits of jealousy. [[spoiler: and when Beth's murky past is discovered, it's revealed she wore her hair blonde back in those days--whether of her own volition or to imitate Catherine is unclear]]
9th Apr '16 8:12:34 PM DrOO7
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* BlackWidow: Catherine. Every one of her love interests ends up dead, whether by her own hand or through her manipulation of the situation.

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* BlackWidow: Catherine. Every one of her love interests ends up dead, whether by her own hand or through her manipulation of the situation. [[spoiler: Possibly Beth, regarding her own husband]].



* ClingyJealousGirl: Roxy in regards to Catherine, threatening to kill Nick if he doesn't leave Catherine alone, [[spoiler: then attempting to do so]]

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* ClingyJealousGirl: Roxy in regards to Catherine, threatening to kill Nick if he doesn't leave Catherine alone, [[spoiler: then attempting to do so]]so. And either Catherine or Beth to the other, depending on whose version of events regarding their college fling is true.]]



* EvilWearsBlack: Roxy usually seen in dark-colored clothes.

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* EvilWearsBlack: Roxy is usually seen in dark-colored clothes.



* {{Homage}}: To ''{{Film/Vertigo}}''. The San Francisco setting, the detective obsessed with his target, and Catherine's outfits and French twist hairstyle are very reminiscent of Kim Novak's

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* {{Homage}}: To ''{{Film/Vertigo}}''. The San Francisco setting, the detective obsessed with his target, and Catherine's outfits and French twist hairstyle are very reminiscent of Kim Novak'sNovak's.


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* RetargetedLust: Having been thoroughly taunted and titillated by Catherine, Nick more or less forces himself on his on Beth. There's a similar scene in the sequel with Dr. Michael Glass (Catherine's psychologist) and his girlfriend.
17th Mar '16 6:34:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* ClingyJealousGirl:
** Roxy in regards to Catherine, threatening to kill Nick if he doesn't leave Catherine alone, [[spoiler: then attempting to do so]]

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* ClingyJealousGirl:
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ClingyJealousGirl: Roxy in regards to Catherine, threatening to kill Nick if he doesn't leave Catherine alone, [[spoiler: then attempting to do so]]
17th Mar '16 6:32:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* FemalesAreMoreInnocent: Inverted. All female characters in the film are either sociopathic, homicidal, manipulative, obsessed, or some combinations of the above.
12th Mar '16 10:47:46 AM Hensen11
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* FollowTheLeader: In the mid-nineties, ''every single thriller'' was ''Basic Instinct'' with some conceit.
12th Mar '16 10:47:17 AM Hensen11
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* FollowTheLeader: In the mid-nineties, ''every single thriller'' was ''Basic Instinct'' with some conceit.
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