History Film / BasicInstinct

5th Sep '17 9:20:23 PM jormis29
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''Basic Instinct'' is a 1992 American erotic thriller/neo-noir film, directed by Creator/PaulVerhoeven and written by Creator/JoeEszterhas, starring Creator/SharonStone, Creator/MichaelDouglas, Jeanne Tripplehorn and George Dzundza.

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''Basic Instinct'' is a 1992 American erotic thriller/neo-noir film, directed by Creator/PaulVerhoeven and written by Creator/JoeEszterhas, starring Creator/SharonStone, Creator/MichaelDouglas, Jeanne Tripplehorn Creator/JeanneTripplehorn and George Dzundza.
Creator/GeorgeDzundza.
24th Aug '17 11:12:23 AM 64SuperNintendo
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** [[spoiler:Nick goes after Catherine despite all the obvious hints that she's dangerous. She even flat-out ''tells him'' that she is writing a story about an AntiHero detective who falls for the wrong woman, and that the women kills the detective. Nick's partner Gus calls him out on it in-story. Nick is either about to be killed in the last scene or survives in the end is because Catherine had a last-minute change of heart about killing him (if you count the sequel as part of the same story she killed him.]]

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** [[spoiler:Nick goes after Catherine despite all the obvious hints that she's dangerous. She even flat-out ''tells him'' that she is writing a story about an AntiHero detective who falls for the wrong woman, and that the women kills the detective. Nick's partner Gus calls him out on it in-story. Nick is either about to be killed in the last scene or survives in the end is because Catherine had a last-minute change of heart about killing him (if him. If you count the sequel as part of the same story story, she killed him.]]
24th Aug '17 11:08:54 AM 64SuperNintendo
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* MeaningfulName / ShoutOut: [[spoiler: a "trammell" is a Scottish death shroud, but this is unintentional as the character was named for baseball player Alan Trammell.]]

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* MeaningfulName / ShoutOut: [[spoiler: a A "trammell" is a Scottish death shroud, but this is unintentional as the character was named for baseball player Alan Trammell.]]
13th Aug '17 9:49:49 PM Fireblood
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* LightIsNotGood: The thoroughly evil Catherine consistently wears white, beige, or cream-colored clothing.

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* LightIsNotGood: The thoroughly evil Catherine consistently wears white, beige, or cream-colored clothing.clothing, along with being a blonde.



* NotSoDifferent: When Nick asks Beth how she knows so much about Catherine [[spoiler: still unaware of their previous relationship]], Beth claims that she knows the type because she's a psychologist. Nick points out that as a ''practicing'' psychologist (Catherine majored in it college but presumably did not pursue it further), Beth is probably even better at manipulating people.

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* NotSoDifferent: When Nick asks Beth how she knows so much about Catherine [[spoiler: still unaware of their previous relationship]], Beth claims that she knows the type because she's a psychologist. Nick points out that as a ''practicing'' psychologist (Catherine majored in it in college but presumably did not pursue it further), Beth is probably even better at manipulating people.
20th Jun '17 7:09:29 PM JamesAustin
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->''And then I come to find out that all of the lesbian sex scenes got cut out of that movie because a test audience was, uh..."turned off" by them. Boy, is'' my ''thumb not on the pulse of America... If'' I ''had been in that test audience, the only one out front protesting would've been Creator/MichaelDouglas demanding that his part be put back in!''

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->''And ->''"And then I come to find out that all of the lesbian sex scenes got cut out of that movie because a test audience was, uh..."turned off" 'turned off' by them. Boy, is'' my ''thumb not on the pulse of America... If'' I ''had been in that test audience, the only one out front protesting would've been Creator/MichaelDouglas demanding that his part be put back in!''in!"''



* 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.

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* RetargetedLust: Having been thoroughly taunted and titillated by Catherine, Nick more or less later forces himself on his on Beth. There's a similar scene in the sequel with Dr. Michael Glass (Catherine's psychologist) and his girlfriend.
20th Jun '17 7:06:38 PM JamesAustin
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* GenderFlip: Nick Curran was originally a lesbian played by Creator/KathleenTurner.



* {{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}}''.''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.
4th Jun '17 4:18:58 PM penelopebruz
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* AntiHero: The backstory of the film's protagonist, Nick, includes driving his wife to suicide and killing innocent people due to drinking and drug use while on the job. As well, he's verbally abusive to Beth, arguably forces himself on her, and makes a rather homophobic comment to Roxy, "man to man".

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* AntiHero: The backstory of the film's protagonist, Nick, includes driving his wife to suicide and killing innocent people due to drinking and drug use while on the job. As well, he's verbally abusive to Beth, arguably forces himself on her, and makes a rather homophobic comment to Roxy, "man to man".
9th Feb '17 4:04:16 AM Frez90
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* BettyAndVeronicaSwitch: Subverted. Catherine's still evil, but [[spoiler: Beth is implied to be just as much of a murderous sociopath as she is]].
9th Feb '17 4:03:41 AM Frez90
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* HollywoodLaw: It is very likely that in real life, Catherine would have been immediately arrested and charged with murder one after her infamous interrogation scene. There's enough evidence already at that point in the movie to get an indictment from a grand jury or for the prosecutor to file an information: the victim was murdered mid-coitus in exactly the matter described in one of Tramell's novels. Tramell was known to be the victim's regular sex partner. The victim was last seen alive leaving his nightclub in Trammell's company; his body was found the next morning. That would be more than enough evidence to get to a jury in any U.S. state. Incidentally, the polygraph results would definitely not be admissible, because polygraphs are known to be unreliable. In fact, it is well-known that sociopaths can beat polygraphs very easily because they lie without shame or nervousness; the fact that she not only passes the polygraph, but does so with no blips whatsoever would just confirm that she's the sociopath that she so obviously is. Additionally, there was even a scene where the detectives consult with a professional psychologist who diagnosed the likely perpetrator as such. Realistically, they would have arrested and charged her based on the evidence they had right then and there.
25th Jan '17 9:12:23 PM HulkingChevon
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* IronicName: Catherine means 'pure'.
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