• Basic Instinct (1992)

Basic Instinct

Release Date: March 11th, 1992

DVD Release Date: August 27th, 1997

R |2 hr 7 min

Plot Summary

The mysterious Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone), a beautiful crime novelist, becomes a suspect when she is linked to the brutal death of a rock star. Investigated by homicide detective Nick Curran (Michael Douglas), Catherine seduces him into an intense relationship. Meanwhile, the murder case becomes increasingly complicated when more seemingly connected deaths occur and Nick's psychologist and lover, Beth Garner (Jeanne Tripplehorn), appears to be another suspect.

Cast: Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Denis Arndt, Leilani Sarelle, Bruce A. Young, Chelcie Ross

Director: Paul Verhoeven

Genres: Thriller

Production Co: TriStar Pictures, Carolco Pictures Inc.

Keywords: Mystery, 1990s, Murder, Deception, Tense, Temptation

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Basic Instinct's characters lack psychology and therefore motive. Admittedly they possess pathology, but that's not enough to maintain suspense in a movie with plot holes big enough to drive a tank through. show more

  • 75
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    The film is for horny pups of all ages who relish the memory of reading stroke books under the covers with a flashlight. Verhoeven has spent $49 million to reproduce that dirty little thrill on the big screen. show more

  • 75
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    A splendid murder mystery, but one with as much gore and steamy sex as I've seen in a long time. [20 Mar 1992, p.3F]

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Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Nominated Film Editing