Showgirls

Release Date: 1995

R |2 hr 10 min

Plot Summary

Nomi (Elizabeth Berkley) arrives in Las Vegas with only a suitcase and a dream of becoming a top showgirl. She quickly befriends Molly (Gina Ravera), who works at the high-profile Stardust Hotel, and lands a job at a seedy strip club. A chance meeting with Cristal (Gina Gershon), the Stardust's marquee dancer, and her powerful boyfriend, Zack (Kyle MacLachlan), brings Nomi one step closer to realizing her dream. But, as she ascends to the top, Nomi begins to wonder if it's all worth it.

Cast: Elizabeth Berkley Lauren, Kyle MacLachlan, Gina Gershon, Glenn Plummer, Robert Davi, Alan Rachins, Gina Ravera, Lin Tucci

Director: Paul Verhoeven

Genres: Drama

Production Co: United Artists, Carolco Pictures Inc.

Keywords: House, Hotel, Melodramatic, Rivalry, Fall, Rise, 1990s

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Gene SiskelChicago Tribune

    The film's big lap-dance sequence is impressive, however, if only for the sheer athleticism of Elizabeth Berkley's contortion. Later, when she pulls the same stunt in a swimming pool, we recognize the show for what it is--a male fantasy film in which the women are little more than rag dolls. [22 Sept 1995]

  • 63
    Susan WloszczynaUSA Today

    Who knew such a seamy swim in the misogynistic swill of life could be so entertaining? show more

  • 50
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    If the plot and screenplay are juvenile, the production values are first-rate, and the lead performance by newcomer Elizabeth Berkley has a fierce energy that's always interesting. show more

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