WIFF | FILMS

SHOWGIRLS

Review

Director:

Paul Verhoeven

Genre:

Drama

Country:

FRANCE, USA

Rated:

R

Year:

1995

Language:

English

Runtime:

128 Minutes

Description:

It’s no great stretch to call Showgirls a notorious film. Paul Verhoeven’s 1995 stripper fiasco is almost equally reviled as a terrible piece of crap and celebrated as a legitimate masterpiece of over-the-top camp trash. One element that received much bile upon release, and that has gained a cult following in the interim, is the performance of lead Elizabeth Berkley whose career never really recovered.

Nomi, an attractive drifter, arrives in Las Vegas with plans to become a dancer. Soon she gets a job stripping at one of the lesser joints on the strip, but eventually catches the eye of talent scouts who hire the performers for a big revue at a casino. She works her way into the cast, and eventually sets her sights on taking the starring role.

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