History Film / BasicInstinct

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'.
3rd Jan '17 5:13:34 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* GenderFlip: Nick Curran was originally a lesbian played by Creator/KathleenTurner.
30th Dec '16 9:20:51 PM b3900
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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.
24th Sep '16 10:23:27 AM 64SuperNintendo
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* FemmeFatale: Catherine is one of the most iconic examples in modern filmmaking. No surprise, seeing as how the entire film is a 90's update on the FilmNoir genre. She seduces both men [[DepravedBisexual and women]] to attain her goals, tempts Nick with her emotional vulnerability after [[spoiler:Roxy]]'s death, [[spoiler:and committed all the murders.]].

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* FemmeFatale: Catherine is one of the most iconic examples in modern filmmaking. No surprise, seeing as how the entire film is a 90's update on the FilmNoir genre. She seduces both men [[DepravedBisexual and women]] to attain her goals, tempts Nick with her emotional vulnerability after [[spoiler:Roxy]]'s death, [[spoiler:and committed all the murders.]].murders]].
12th Sep '16 10:58:20 PM DrOO7
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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]].
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.]]



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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.
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